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Dec 6, 2016

Quantum solar cells could explain why plants are green

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, solar power, sustainability

Quantum exposed the truth about why vegetation is often green.

An attempt to make more efficient solar cells shows that green light might be the least useful hue – maybe that’s why plants reflect it.

Dec 6, 2016

Quantum computing: Probable solutions incredibly fast

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Although mainstream quantum computing is still years off, agencies are starting to experiment with D-Wave machines for optimization problems.

Dec 6, 2016

Probing atomic structure and Majorana wavefunctions in mono-atomic Fe chains on superconducting Pb surface

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

Nice paper on Majorana fermions for information units in QC.

Majorana bound states in one-dimensional nanowires have attracted wide attention in recent years due to their potential use as qubits for topological quantum computation based on braiding.

Dec 6, 2016

Conroy’s quantum warning: be ready

Posted by in categories: computing, economics, government, quantum physics, security

More folks warning others that you better be planning for a QC transformation as it is coming and is going to be probably the largest scale transformation the we have seen in the history of technology.

Former communications minister, Stephen Conroy has warned that Australian government technology decision makers need to start preparing for the development of quantum computing.

The former senator made the warning during a panel session at the Australian Computer Society’s Reimagination conference late last week. While still in its nascent development stages, the former minister for broadband communications and the digital economy said that it could have major national security implications.

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Dec 6, 2016

How the CRISPR Patent Fight Could Shape the Future of Genetic Engineering

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics

On Tuesday, the two feuding parties of the CRISPR gene editing patent fight entered the boxing ring: attorneys for each side made oral arguments before three-judge panel, in a case that not only puts billions of potential dollars at stake, but could define the future of genetic engineering.

Dec 6, 2016

Rhythm of breathing affects memory and fear

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain that enhances emotional judgments and memory recall.

These effects on behavior depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the nose or mouth.

In the study, individuals were able to identify a fearful face more quickly if they encountered the face when breathing in compared to breathing out. Individuals also were more likely to remember an object if they encountered it on the inhaled breath than the exhaled one. The effect disappeared if breathing was through the mouth.

Dec 6, 2016

Ukrainian Scientist Creates Battery That Can Power Smartphones for 12 Years

Posted by in categories: chemistry, mobile phones, transportation

Ukrainian scientist Vladislav Kiselev claims that he has developed a type of battery that can power gadgets like smartphones and even cars for up to 12 years, without having to be recharged.

Kiselev, a senior researcher at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry and Petrochemistry in Kiev, and professor at Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences, unveiled his intriguing battery prototype during the 2016 edition of Sikorsky Challenge, a prestigious international competition for research projects. The matchbox-like device looks fairly unimpressive, but the Ukrainian scientist claims that it has been continuously powering electrical devices for a year and four months without a single recharge, and will continue to do so for the next 11 years. That’s because his “battery” produces energy instead of simply storing it.


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Dec 6, 2016

Bitcoin Will Kill The Income Tax

Posted by in category: bitcoin

How can the state levy taxation on that which they do not issue and cannot control?

Dec 6, 2016

Google Says It Will Run Entirely on Renewable Energy in 2017

Posted by in categories: internet, solar power, sustainability

The internet giant has spent years migrating the source of electric power at its giant data centers to sources like wind turbines and solar panels.

Dec 6, 2016

BERNSTEIN: China’s insane spending on robotics is fundamentally changing capitalism

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI

‘The age of industrialization is coming to an end,’ due to the rise of robotics and China’s modernising economy, argues Bernstein.

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