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Vice-President (Research)'s Picks: Quantum Mechanics Speeds Up Discovery of Cause & Effect

VP(R)'s Picks: Quantum Mechanics Speeds Up Discovery of Cause & Effect

The ability to identify cause-effect relations is an essential component of the scientific method. New research by Professor Giulio Chiribella greatly speeds up that process by using quantum strategies that open the path for applications ranging from the design of communication networks to the development of intelligent quantum machines.

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Vice-President (Research)'s Picks: Technocracy and the Crisis of the EU

VP(R)'s Picks: Technocracy and the Crisis of the EU

The European Union (EU) has turned increasingly to rule by technocrats rather than politicians and to coercive enforcement rather than voluntary co-operation. This diminishes the quality of democracy and fuels the turn to populism, argues a new analysis co-authored by Dr Stefan Auer and Dr Nicole Scicluna.

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Vice-President (Research)'s Picks: A Gold Standard for Display Technology

VP(R)'s Picks: A Gold Standard for Display Technology

The technology behind bendable screens depends on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Iridium-based OLEDs are currently favoured, but these are expensive, so the search has been on for new classes of OLEDs. Professor Vivian Yam Wing-Wah recently showed that gold-based OLEDs are a cheaper, less toxic and equally effective alternative.

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Vice-President (Research)'s Picks: Faster, Better Tool Advances Precision Medicine

VP(R)'s Picks: Faster, Better Tool Advances Precision Medicine

Precision medicine offers hope of better diagnoses and treatments for patients. But to achieve that, doctors need to sift through the three billion characters in each person’s DNA. Groundbreaking research by Dr Luo Ruibang, published in Nature Communications, is making that task a lot easier.

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Vice-President (Research)'s Picks: Influenza B Vaccine and the Limits of ‘Herd’ Protection

VP(R)'s Picks: Influenza B Vaccine and the Limits of ‘Herd’ Protection

Living in the same household as someone vaccinated against influenza B is weak protection against the virus. Best to get yourself vaccinated, too, finds an HKU-led study published in Nature Communications.

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