Fiona MacDonald
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BREAKING: Light has been stored as sound for the first time

BREAKING: Light has been stored as sound for the first time

Last year, scientists took a big step towards creating the next generation of computers.For the first time ever, they stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip - something the researchers compared to capturing lightning as thunder. While that might sound a little strange, this conversion is critical if we ever want to shift from our current, inefficient electronic computers, to that move data at the speed of light. Light-based or photonic computers have the potential to run at least than your laptop, not to mention the fact that they won't produce heat or suck up...

September 18, 2017
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Scientists Have Found a Woman Whose Eyes Have a Whole New Type of Colour Receptor

Scientists Have Found a Woman Whose Eyes Have a Whole New Type of Colour Receptor

After more than 25 years of searching, neuroscientists in the UK recently announced that they've discovered a woman who has an extra type of cone cell - the receptor cells that detect colour - in her eyes. According to estimates, that means she can see an incredible 99 million more colours than the rest of us, and the scientists think she's just one of a number of people with super-vision, which they call "tetrachromats", living amongst us. Most humans are trichromats, which means we have three types of cone cells in our eyes.Each type of cone cell is thought to be able to distinguish...

June 3, 2020
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