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Physics of brain folding recreated in the lab

Study verifies mechanical explanation for how the human brain folds

Diamond defects and quantum logic give NMR a boost

New technique can home in on single molecules

Polarized light throws birds' magnetic compass off course

Birds are completely disorientated when light is polarized perpendicularly to the direction of the magnetic field

Sweatband measures tiny electrical signals in perspiration

Wearable sensors monitor physiology and health in almost real time

CERN gives thumbs up to new sterile-neutrino detector

Proposed experiment to undergo further design report

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