Instantly teleporting people and objects from one planet to another is a staple of science fiction. Now, physicists at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have taken a promising step toward teleporting at least some traits from atom to atom.
The new technique relies on a well-known but still mysterious phenomenon called entanglement, in which specific quantum traits of elementary...
Since 1979, a host of studies has suggested that people in need of surgery should search out a hospital where a lot of surgeries of the required type are performed (SN: 7/17/99, p. 44). At a place such as that, the theory goes, the most experienced professionals will do the best job. A new study finds that this so-called volume benefit may be overrated for a common heart operation.
As anyone who has ever recited the Pledge of Allegiance will attest, having your heart in the right place means having it on your left side. Despite the outward symmetry of the human body, left-right differences abound beneath everyone's skin. The majority of the heart's bulk usually sits on the body's left side, although the organ's aorta loops to the right. The right lung has three lobes,...