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Nov 13, 2015

Google reportedly planning a ‘watershed’ quantum computing announcement for December 8

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, security


According to Steve Jurvetson, venture capitalist and board member at pioneer quantum computing company D-WAVE (as well as others, such as Tesla and SpaceX), Google has what may be a “watershed” quantum computing announcement scheduled for early next month. This comes as D-WAVE, which notably also holds the Mountain View company as a customer, has just sold a 1000+ Qubit 2X quantum computer to national security research institution Los Alamos…

It’s not exactly clear what this announcement will be (besides important for the future of computing), but Jurvetson says to “stay tuned” for more information coming on December 8th. This is the first we’ve heard of a December 8th date for a Google announcement, and considering its purported potential to be a turning point in computing, this could perhaps mean an actual event is in the cards.

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Nov 13, 2015

If Batman Owned A Private Jet, It’d Be The $700,000 Valkyrie

Posted by in category: transportation

If the Spitfire is the classic car of a private plane collection then this Valkyrie is an Aston Martin. James Bond’s Aston Martin to be precise.

It’s the stunning new plane from Cobalt Aircraft and not only has the accolade of being of the most beautiful planes we’ve ever seen but being the fastest private plane in its category.

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Nov 13, 2015

Uncovering the secret of turning back time

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, genetics, life extension

I had read about Singapore in genetic engineering way back in the 90’s. I think they were 1st or 2nd in making immortal skin cells at the time.

Singapore scientists have unravelled a mystery that could pave the way for turning back the clock on ageing.

A recent study led by Dr Ng Shyh Chang of the Genome Institute of Singapore at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) has found a gene in human egg cells that suppresses an enzyme causing cells to age.

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Nov 13, 2015

NASA Has Spotted An Explosion So Big It Could Spawn A New Universe

Posted by in category: space

NASA has released a new image depicting the most “powerful eruption” to have occurred since the Big Bang.

The explosion, which took place ten years ago, is thought to be one of the biggest to happen since the Big Bang.

Although the eruption was spotted in 2005, the latest images exposes the full power of the event.

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Nov 13, 2015

Hologram Pop Star Hatsune Miku “Announces” 2016 US and Canada Tour

Posted by in categories: computing, media & arts

Oh Japan, how I love your beautiful insanity. wink

If you’re a fan of virtual musicians with computer-generated bodies and voices, and you live in North America, then do I have news for you.

Hatsune Miku, Japan’s “virtual pop star,” is coming to the US and Canada next year for a seven-city, synth-filled tour—her first tour in this neck of the woods. Miku herself may be a digital illusion, but her unique impact on the music industry is very real.

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Nov 13, 2015

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

Biotech company Editas Medicine is planning to start human trials to genetically edit genes and reverse blindness.

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Nov 13, 2015

Cop pulls over Google self-driving car, finds no driver to ticket

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

No driver? No ticket.

That, at least, was the result when a police officer pulled over one of Google’s self-driving cars Thursday in Mountain View, California.

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Nov 13, 2015

A 360-Degree Walk Through Times Square

Posted by in category: futurism

Yesterday, Facebook introduced the ability to upload and watch 360-degree videos on all devices. Join tech editor Michael Nuñez and social media editor Jason Lederman for a 360-degree virtual walk through Times Square (video shot on a Ricoh Theta S).

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Nov 13, 2015

Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9

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

This animation depicts the CRISPR-Cas9 method for genome editing – a powerful new technology with many applications in biomedical research, including the potential to treat human genetic disease. Feng Zhang, a leader in the development of this technology, is a faculty member at MIT, an investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and a core member of the Broad Institute. Further information can be found on Prof. Zhang’s website at

Images and footage courtesy of Sputnik Animation, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Justin Knight and pond5.

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Nov 13, 2015

Using Ultrasound To Pierce The Blood-Brain Barrier

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Treating the brain often requires invasive surgery, but a new technique involving ultrasound and air bubbles has now shown promise at delivering drugs through the blood-brain barrier.

One of the biggest challenges of medicating brain tumours is actually getting drugs into the organ. Your brain is well protected from invasion by untoward substances or life forms, and this protection limits what will enter from the bloodstream. There have been previous efforts to open up the barrier, but they often involve a surgical approach that is far from ideal.

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