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Niels Bohr, one of the founding fathers of quantum physics, suspected that it could provide insights into human psychology. Now a new field called quantum cognition is exploring how quantum math can explain some seemingly irrational human behavior.

TOXIC ASSETS  Two terrestrial flatworms, Bipalium adventitium and Bipalium kewense (shown), may carry a deadly chemical called tetrodotoxin, which could help the invertebrates stun their earthworm prey.

Cadmium telluride solar cells could be made at a lower cost if magnesium chloride is used in the production process instead of cadmium chloride.

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    Tiny silica spheres put the disco in disco clams

    The electric effect in disco clams is actually the result of light scattering off tiny silica spheres.

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  • Chemistry

    
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    Safe salt could yield cheaper, more efficient solar cells

    Magnesium chloride could be the key ingredient for concocting efficient solar cells with cadmium telluride.

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  • Materials

    
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    Jets of salty water make cellulose strands stronger

    When blasted by jets of water, nanoscale fibers of cellulose align to form ultra-tough strands that rival the strength of steel, a new study shows.

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  • Quantum Physics

    
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    Quantum math makes human irrationality more sensible

    Vagaries of human decision making make sense if quantum math describes the way the brain works.

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    Electrons' magnetic interactions measured

    Using characteristics of quantum mechanics, the minuscule magnetic interaction between two electrons has been measured.

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  • Condensed Matter

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