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Gigantic conspiracy

Geordie Rose, a co-founder of D-Wave Systems which makes "the only commercially Quantum Computers available", has mocked the Mandela Effect as a "a funny, gigantic conspiracy".

He told a conference the phenomenon arose because people made the connection between the way these computers work, i.e. by "tapping into parallel universes", and changing the past to erase something so there's no record of it ever happening.

Those experiencing the Mandela Effect are not pleased with this. In fact, it's been pointed out that whilst it's interesting at last that a key player from the world of Quantum Computing has acknowledged the Mandela Effect, he doesn't actually deny it. He just says D-Wave and CERN are not the ones behind it.

These machines cost $20m each, so if you want to try for yourself and have that much lying around, you know where to go.

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Long term use can change brain patterns

A connection between long-term cannabis use and false memory syndrome has been found in a new study from Molecular Psychiatry.

The link between memory loss and cannabis use has been known for some time, but the idea that a false memory could actually be implanted wasn't considered as much.

Marijuana use has also been connected to increased anxiety and paranoia. There have been many studies in this area since there is so much data available now, over such a long period. It has been seen that changes to the hippocampus, which is the area of the brain involved in the formation and retrieval of memories, can occur as a result of long term cannabis use. 

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CERN Linac 4

Took 10 years to build

Dubbed "The Infinity Machine", CERN announced on May 9th, 2017 an upgrade to the LHC. The Linac 4 is designed to replace the 40 year old component which injects the particles into the main accelerator.

Costing €85bn, the design paves the way for smaller colliders in future, which means CERN or other organizations could build more in different locations.

Interestingly, CERN is stressing the uses away from nuclear physics which these machines offer, such as cancer diagnosis and art analysis in museums to help detect fakes.

There is only one museum in the world which has a particle accelerator - the Louvre in Paris. And it just happens to hold a well-known painting which is the subject of a Mandela Effect...