This Week In IFLScience! – December 21 – December 26

This Week In IFLScience!

Sustained Long-Distance Quantum Teleportation Achieved For First Time 

Quantum computers are hailed as the future of computing, with the allure of faster, more secure, and massively advanced capabilities ushering in a rapid increase in the quantum market over the past decade. Now, researchers are claiming to have completed the first successful long-distance quantum teleportation, a breakthrough that could pave the way for the quantum internet to become reality. 

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Medical Cannabis Containing THC And CBD Treats Childhood Epilepsy, Study Finds 

Amid growing global support for medical cannabis, an increasing number of countries and states have approved the use of a non-psychoactive cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD) to treat childhood epilepsy. However, a new study indicates that full-spectrum cannabis medications containing the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) may be more effective at reducing the frequency and severity of seizures. 

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Previously Untouched Antarctica Now Has Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 

According to the Chilean news source 24 horas, the Chilean army tested 60 people returning to Punta Arenas from their General Bernardo O'Higgins Riquelme base, of which 36 tested positive. Army personnel made up 26 of the cases, and the remaining 10 were contractors carrying out maintenance work. The individuals with the virus are reportedly isolating in "sanitary residences" in Punta Arenas. 

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Puppy Which Lived 57,000 Years Ago Is Most Intact Wolf Mummy Ever Found 

The mummified animal had been locked in the permafrost for 57,000 years, and yet it remains in remarkably good condition. The ancient female puppy has been named Zhùr by the local Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in people and is already proving herself to be a heckin’ good girl in sharing insights about her age, lifestyle, and her relationship to modern wolves. The remarkable finding was published in the journal Current Biology. 

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New Mammal Species Found In Kenya, Surprisingly Related To Elephants 

New research published in the journal Diversity describes what could well be a new mammalian species found in the Taita Hills of Kenya. Hailing from the University of Helsinki, the team of scientists on the tree hyrax's case have revealed insights into the animal which was previously unknown to science, including recordings of their bizarre and unique vocalizations which sound unlike any other known species. 

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