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Jun 29, 2016

Penn State researchers announce major quantum computing breakthrough

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Nice.


Lasers and microwaves control the switching of individual qubits in a 3D array more precisely.

Jun 29, 2016

Atomic-scale simulations predict how to use nanoparticles to increase hydrogen production

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

Awesome!


What if industrial waste water could become fuel? With affordable, long-lasting catalysts, water could be split to produce hydrogen that could be used to power fuel cells or combustion engines.

By conducting complex simulations, scientists showed that adding lithium to aluminum nanoparticles results in orders-of-magnitude faster water-splitting reactions and higher hydrogen production rates compared to pure aluminum nanoparticles. The lithium allowed all the aluminum atoms to react, which increased yields (Nano Letters, “Hydrogen-on-demand using metallic alloy nanoparticles in water”).

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Jun 29, 2016

Do you have a right to view an ISIS Kill List?

Posted by in categories: counterterrorism, ethics, geopolitics, rants, terrorism, transparency

According to The Clarion Project, a political information bureau that warns westerners of the growing threat from radical Islam, ISIS has published a ‘kill list’ that includes the names, addresses and emails of 15,000 Americans.

Clarion_300So far, this is interesting news, but it is not really new. I found ISIS, Hezbollah and Al-Qaida kill lists going back at least 8 years. This 2012 bulletin complains that NBC would not release the names contained on a kill list.

A kill list is newsworthy, and the Clarion article is interesting—but the article has more “facts” with which the publisher wishes to generate mob frenzy…

  • It explains that 4,000 of the names on the Kill List have been leaked by hackers
  • It echos a report by Circa News that the FBI has decided to not inform citizens that they are on the ISIS kill list.

In a clear effort to whip up and direct audience indignation, it asks readers to take a one-question poll. Which answer would you choose?

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Jun 29, 2016

This Tiny Camera Can Be Injected Into Your Body

Posted by in categories: electronics, physics

Get great shots of those hard to reach places.

Jun 29, 2016

Injectable Computers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, engineering

With a radio specifically designed to communicate through tissue, Professors David Blaauw (http://web.eecs.umich.edu/faculty/blaauw/) and David Wentzloff (http://web.eecs.umich.edu/~wentzlof/) from the University of Michigan’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (https://www.eecs.umich.edu/ece/) are adding another level to a computer platform small enough to fit inside a medical grade syringe.

With this enabling technology, real time information can be applied to devices monitoring heart fibrillation as well as glucose monitoring for diabetics.

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Jun 29, 2016

Scientists Want to Reprogram Human Cells to Stop Death

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Different species of animals either live a very long time or do not die of old age. Some cases are the tortoise & lobster species that live to be over 130 years old naturally and don’t usually die unless they get sick or are killed.

After we grow up our cells ultimately stop self-replicating. A researcher named Leonard Hayflick figured out that each of our cells divide around 50 times and then they stop. Once all of our cells stop duplicating we start to deteriorate and then ultimately die. This finding showed that we are in fact programmed to die biologically.

Jun 29, 2016

You can eat vegetables from Mars, say scientists after crop experiment

Posted by in categories: food, space

Dutch researchers successfully raise radishes, peas, rye and tomatoes in soil mixed to match that of the red planet – giving hope that settlers could grow food.

Jun 29, 2016

End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries?

Posted by in categories: climatology, security

Nation states cause some of our biggest problems, from civil war to climate inaction. Science suggests there are better ways to run a planet.

By Debora MacKenzie

Try, for a moment, to envisage a world without countries. Imagine a map not divided into neat, coloured patches, each with clear borders, governments, laws. Try to describe anything our society does – trade, travel, science, sport, maintaining peace and security – without mentioning countries. Try to describe yourself: you have a right to at least one nationality, and the right to change it, but not the right to have none.

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Jun 29, 2016

This Tiny Computer Fits In A Syringe

Posted by in category: computing

We now make computers small enough to inject into our bodies.

Jun 29, 2016

When will driverless vehicles hit the mainstream according to …

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

“You might own a car like some people own a horse. They might take a ride on the weekends or something.” Travis Kalanick, CEO Uber.

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