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Feb 11, 2016

The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom’s Orbital Structure

Posted by in categories: information science, particle physics, quantum physics

What you’re looking at is the first direct observation of an atom’s electron orbitalan atom’s actual wave function! To capture the image, researchers utilized a new quantum microscope — an incredible new device that literally allows scientists to gaze into the quantum realm.

An orbital structure is the space in an atom that’s occupied by an electron. But when describing these super-microscopic properties of matter, scientists have had to rely on wave functions — a mathematical way of describing the fuzzy quantum states of particles, namely how they behave in both space and time. Typically, quantum physicists use formulas like the Schrödinger equation to describe these states, often coming up with complex numbers and fancy graphs.

Up until this point, scientists have never been able to actually observe the wave function. Trying to catch a glimpse of an atom’s exact position or the momentum of its lone electron has been like trying to catch a swarm of flies with one hand; direct observations have this nasty way of disrupting quantum coherence. What’s been required to capture a full quantum state is a tool that can statistically average many measurements over time.

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Feb 10, 2016

Singapore Makes Plans to 3D Print Public Housing

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, economics, habitats

In a world of economic scarcity, public housing has become essential for sheltering our species’ most vulnerable populations. Interestingly, the island city-state of Sinagpore having a unique approach to public housing, with 80% of the resident population living in government buildings and, more than that, the small nation implemented some housing practices that the United States has sometimes been too afraid to tackle when it comes to public housing: socioeconomically integrated public developments. Now, Singapore is moving beyond these important strategies to novel methods of construction, namely 3D printing.

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Feb 10, 2016

Engineers Devise a Way to Harvest Wind Energy from Trees

Posted by in category: energy

It’s not much power, but it may be enough to matter.

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Feb 10, 2016

CBS News investigation: Liquid biopsy giving false sense of security about cancer risk?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, security

Not good — CancerIntercept Detect and Monitor test is not providing accurate information in some results. The cancerIntercept test whole concept was to detect a growing tumor in the body, before the patient may notice symptoms — acting like a cancer stethoscope for detecting and monitoring cancer.

Pathway Genomics claims its liquid biopsy can detect cancer before patient shows symptoms — but expert says that promise is “years away”.

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Feb 10, 2016

Study says men and women may be wired to behave differently

Posted by in categories: health, neuroscience, robotics/AI

Another example backing up the fact that AI and any brain mapping & cognitive thinking efforts will require both male and female engineers leading and developing AI together.

Male and female behavioural differences correlate with their different brain networks, say researchers, including one of Indian origin… Read health articles & blogs at

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Feb 10, 2016

The Truth Behind Robo-Advisors

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Excellent article; it truly does level set reality from fiction around AI. There has been so much hype lately around AI; and my own concerns is will people wake up in the next 5 to 7 years with the AI disappointment hangover. I believe we have to be very cautious in overpromise and under delivery. Be inspirational as well as realistic is my advice to other leaders across tech.

Robo-advisors are marketed and sold as being more “intelligent” than their human counterparts. But are they actually more intelligent?

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Feb 10, 2016

Tachyon physics with trapped ions

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

It has been predicted that particles with imaginary mass, called tachyons, would be able to travel faster than the speed of light. There has not been any experimental evidence for tachyons occurring naturally. Here, we propose how to experimentally simulate Dirac tachyons with trapped ions. Quantum measurement on a Dirac particle simulated by a trapped ion causes it to have an imaginary mass so that it may travel faster than the effective speed of light. We show that a Dirac tachyon must have spinor-motion correlation in order to be superluminal. We also show that it exhibits significantly more Klein tunneling than a normal Dirac particle. We provide numerical simulations of realistic ion systems and show that our scheme is feasible with current technology.

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Feb 10, 2016

A world where anything is possible, including immortality, has mental onboard computers, nanotechnology can do all reality

Posted by in categories: computing, life extension, nanotechnology, neuroscience, singularity


Radically often it seems like something out of science fiction. But every day that passes we get closer to the technological singularity.

Visit: ~ The awakening of the future …

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Feb 10, 2016

Bending Light

Posted by in category: materials

This material allows light to bend as it travels through it.

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Feb 10, 2016

Black Holes Could Be Gateways After All

Posted by in categories: computing, cosmology, physics

Physicists can now simulate the interiors of black holes using high-powered computers–and it looks like science fiction authors were right: black holes could be portals for space travel.

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