The search is over. A mysterious PARTICLE that scientists have looked for since the 1930s — which behaves simultaneously like matter and antimatter — has been discovered by a team led by physics professor Ali Yazdani. Finding the Majorana fermion could provide a more stable way of encoding quantum information, offering a new basis for quantum computing. The results were published in Science in October.

Peter Arkle

An Irish proverb says, “A son is a son ’til he takes a wife; a daughter is a daughter all of her life.” Now there’s evidence: A study has found that women provide more than twice as much CARE FOR ELDERLY PARENTS as sons. Daughters averaged 12.3 hours a month, sons 5.6 hours, according to an August study by Angelina Grigoryeva GS.