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Your Engineering Inspiration for Saturday 11 July 2020


Looking for a more in-depth look at recent developments in engineering, science and tech? Our Explainers section might help.

In recent weeks, supplementary articles have covered: the recent discovery in Earth science of the 'bloblike features' that lurk under our feet (and their relevance to seismic activity); an overview of string theory and why it persists; speculation on how Jeff Bezos' iPhone X was hacked; and an enlightening update from the frontier of fertility technology.

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Rose Grey
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Last weeks's top headlines:

A still image from a numerical simulation of a black-hole binary merger with asymmetric masses and orbital precession. Credit: N. Fischer, H. Pfeiffer, A. Buonanno (Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics), Simulating eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) Collaboration The smallest, most precise...
An unstable massive star has suddenly vanished from view, and astronomers aren’t sure if it collapsed into a black hole or is playing peek-a-boo behind galactic dust. The star was too far away to spot on its own, but it...
As researchers worldwide work toward a potential quantum internet, a major roadblock remains: How to build a device called a quantum repeater. Advances in quantum information science have brought on the possibility of a quantum internet—networks that carry information via...
In a world’s first, researchers in France and the U.S. have performed a pioneering experiment demonstrating “hybrid” quantum networking. The approach, which unites two distinct methods of encoding information in particles of light called photons, could eventually allow for more...
Anytime astronomers figure out a new way of looking for magnetic fields in ever more remote regions of the cosmos, inexplicably, they find them. These force fields — the same entities that emanate from fridge magnets — surround Earth, the...
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