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Aug 13, 2016

Turning Quantum Theories Into Quantum Technologies

Posted by in categories: computing, nanotechnology, quantum physics

ACQUIRE researchers will confront major challenges in a four-year quest to engineer a quantum communication system on a chip. The chip will need to operate at room temperature with low energy in a fiber optic network with entangled photons.

Currently, such a communication system may be demonstrated in laboratories, but only at cryogenic (very low) temperatures, and with bulky, energy-intensive equipment. However, a fundamental understanding of quantum physics and optical materials, as well as recent progress in nanoscale photonic integration, have brought communication systems scaled to the quantum level within reach.

If successful, the ACQUIRE teams’ results will begin to realize the hardware needed for secure and efficient quantum communication. The findings from the ACQUIRE projects will also advance quantum sensing and computing.

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Aug 13, 2016

Earth-Like Planet Around Proxima Centauri Discovered

Posted by in category: space

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According to an unnamed source, the ESO has discovered a habitable planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, making it the closest Earth-like planet discovered to date.

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Aug 13, 2016

The Closest Supernova Since 1604 Is Hissing At Us

Posted by in category: cosmology

By examining faint radio emissions from a local supernova remnant, astronomers are learning more about how stars behave before they explode

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Aug 13, 2016

The Transhumanist party wants to use technology to solve the world’s problems — meet their presidential candidate

Posted by in categories: economics, geopolitics, transhumanism

A short video from Now This on my campaign. It highlights my interview from the RNC in Cleveland and ideas on Universal Basic Income:

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Aug 13, 2016

72 Stunning Things in The Future That Will be Common Ten Years From Now That Don’t Exist Today

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, transportation

How many things do we own, that are common today, that didn’t exist 10 years ago? The list is probably longer than you think.

Prior to the iPhone coming out in 2007, we didn’t have smartphones with mobile apps, decent phone cameras for photos/videos, mobile maps, mobile weather, or even mobile shopping.

None of the mobile apps we use today existed 10 years ago: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Uber, Facetime, LinkedIn, Lyft, Whatsapp, Netflix, Pandora, or Pokemon Go.

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Aug 13, 2016

The White House’s new Messenger bot lets citizens send notes to President Obama — By Sarah Perez | TechCrunch

Posted by in categories: government, robotics/AI

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“Sending a letter to the White House is getting a digital upgrade … In addition to accepting hand-written missives by postal mail and emails, the public can now send a note to President Obama via Facebook.”

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Aug 13, 2016

Genetic Engineering Will Change Everything Forever – CRISPR

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, media & arts

Designer babies, the end of diseases, genetically modified humans that never age. Outrageous things that used to be science fiction are suddenly becoming reality. The only thing we know for sure is that things will change irreversibly.

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Aug 13, 2016

Researchers ‘reprogram’ network of brain cells in mice with thin beam of light

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

Neurons that fire together really do wire together, says a new study in Science, suggesting that the three-pound computer in our heads may be more malleable than we think.

In the latest issue of Science, neuroscientists at Columbia University demonstrate that a set of neurons trained to fire in unison could be reactivated as much as a day later if just one neuron in the network was stimulated. Though further research is needed, their findings suggest that groups of activated neurons may form the basic building blocks of learning and memory, as originally hypothesized by psychologist Donald Hebb in the 1940s.

“I always thought the brain was mostly hard-wired,” said the study’s senior author, Dr. Rafael Yuste, a neuroscience professor at Columbia University. “But then I saw the results and said ‘Holy moly, this whole thing is plastic.’ We’re dealing with a plastic computer that’s constantly learning and changing.”

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Aug 13, 2016

Researchers demonstrate acoustic levitation of a large sphere

Posted by in category: futurism

When placed in an acoustic field, small objects experience a net force that can be used to levitate the objects in air. In a new study, researchers have experimentally demonstrated the acoustic levitation of a 50-mm (2-inch) solid polystyrene sphere using ultrasound—acoustic waves that are above the frequency of human hearing.

The demonstration is one of the first times that an object larger than the wavelength of the acoustic wave has been acoustically levitated. Previously, this has been achieved only for a few specific cases, such as wire-like and planar objects. In the new study, the levitated sphere is 3.6 times larger than the 14-mm acoustic wavelength used here.

The researchers, Marco Andrade and Julio Adamowski at the University of São Paulo in Brazil, along with Anne Bernassau at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, have published a paper on the demonstration in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.

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Aug 13, 2016

DARPA is Working to Make Homes That Grow And Can Repair Themselves

Posted by in categories: engineering, habitats

DARPA has just launched the Engineering Living Materials program, with a vision to create building materials that grow on-site. The materials would be used to construct buildings that repair themselves and adapt to the environment.

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has certainly had its hand in making the gizmos and gadgets we enjoy into a reality. The agency is still hard at work blazing the trail for the tech of the future, issuing challenges for the creation of the most advanced things on this Earth.

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