Best friends have exceptionally similar brain activity, suggesting relationships rely on how we ‘process the world’

Dating sites would be well-advised to add “brain activity” as a compatibility criterion, according to a study released on Tuesday showing that close friends have eerily comparable neural responses to life experiences. “Our results suggest that friends process the world around them in exceptionally similar ways,” said lead author Carolyn Parkinson, director of the Computational […]

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May’s visit yields US$1.3b in Chinese funds for British biotech and life sciences companies

China’s increasing zeal for improving biotechnology and medical services is music to the ears of the British government after two venture capital firms received 8 billion yuan (US$1.3 billion) in funding commitments from mainland investors during Prime Minister Theresa May’s three-day visit last week. Future Planet Capital and Eight Great Technologies signed the memorandums of […]

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Alibaba Cloud steps up its game as it offers quantum computing service

Alibaba Cloud on Friday launched the world’s second-most powerful quantum computing service on the cloud after IBM in association with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. While Alibaba Cloud’s quantum computer is capable of processing 11 quantum bits (qubits), IBM launched a 20-qubit computer last November. Shi Yaoyun, chief quantum technology scientist at Alibaba Cloud, said […]

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In battle for global tech talent, Beijing offers foreign researchers the perk of bringing their own helpers 

Employees at Google’s $131 million campus in Boulder, Colorado, can play with pinball machines, shoot pool, and enjoy freshly made pizza in the cafeteria. Over in Beijing, the municipal government is offering an unusual perk: allowing foreign researchers to bring along their domestic helpers.  That would be on top of more generous visa terms and […]

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Doctors find giant air pocket where part of man’s brain should be

The 84-year-old man arrived in the emergency room with complaints that weren’t uncommon for a patient his age. He had reported feeling unsteady over the past several months, culminating in repeated falls in recent weeks. In the three days leading up to his hospital visit, his left arm and leg had noticeably weakened. Still, there […]

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‘Fear everywhere’: China’s scientists braced as ministry takes over funding body

Chinese researchers are bracing for what will be the biggest change to how they are funded by the government in more than three decades. “There’s fear everywhere,” Yang Jinbo, a professor with the physics department at Peking University, said on Tuesday after the announcement. As he spoke, his phone buzzed constantly with a stream of […]

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