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Science Next

Science Next is a vignette exploring the broad spectrum of scientific research taking place today using insights from the scientists closest to these topics. In less than two minutes, LSU's Paige Jarreau and WRKF's Adam Vos take a complicated topic and examine what it means for you.

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  • In the last episode of Science Next, we learned how quantum computers could solve more complicated problems much faster than today's computers thanks to a quantum mechanics phenomenon called superposition.
  • Big tech companies like Google and IBM are pouring billions into the study of the tiny, subatomic particles involved in quantum mechanics. Why? So they can stay in the international race to build the first universal quantum computer.
  • It's tough to fight what you can't see. We should all have a keen understanding of this, especially since the coronavirus came to be. But what other unseen things could be a danger to our health?
  • In the fields of medicine and pharmacology, drugs have historically been discovered either by identifying active ingredients from traditional remedies, or by serendipity, similar to how penicillin was discovered in 1928. But modern scientists have found an alternative method that makes the hunt for new pharmaceuticals quicker, cheaper and more effective.
  • You could say this past year has been...stressful. The coronavirus pandemic has affected millions of people, and the stress of it all can easily get to anyone. However, too much stress can take a toll on our bodies if we’re not careful.
  • There are fundamental differences between viruses and bacteria. Both of them, we call “microbes” or “germs,” but they look almost nothing alike.
  • Some scientists and health experts are racing to find treatments and to develop a vaccine to stop the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. And others are saving lives in a different way, by developing mathematical models.
  • It’s becoming increasingly clear our era will be defined by a fundamental split: the period before COVID-19, and the new normal that will emerge in the…