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Feb 3, 2016

Germany is getting closer to nuclear fusion—the long-held dream of unlimited clean energy

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, particle physics

German scientists today will set about the first steps towards what has become the Holy Grail of energy—nuclear fusion, which has the potential for unlimited amounts of clean power. There are a number of challenges to harnessing this power —researchers need to build a device that can heat atoms to temperatures of more than 100 million °C (180 million °F).

After almost nine years of construction work and more than a million assembly hours, researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Greifswald are set to do just that by heating a tiny amount of hydrogen until it becomes as hot, hopefully, as the center of the Sun.

Researchers are keen to tap into the incredible amount of energy released when atoms join together at extremely high temperatures in the super-hot gas known as plasma. Today’s test will not produce any energy, just the plasma—a different state of matter created at extremely high temperatures. German chancellor Angela Merkel, who has a doctorate in physics, will reportedly attend.

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Feb 3, 2016

How Bertrand Russell Made Us Stupid, Fearful, and Evil

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Dumbing down the population and now bring in the robots.

The most notable individual who resisted the pretended reduction of science to logic was Albert Einstein.

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Feb 3, 2016

The X-37b’s big brother revealed:Boeing bags $6.6m contract to design reusable XS-1 robot spaceplane

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

“Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away”

A Boeing’s new Robot Spaceplane; interesting.

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Feb 3, 2016

Little Known Pentagon Office Key to U.S. Military Competition with China, Russia

Posted by in category: military

Anyone, want to work for the SCO?

A little known Pentagon office tasked with tweaking existing U.S. military weapons is a key player in staying ahead of Russian and Chinese capabilities.

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Feb 3, 2016

Hisense to Add HDR, Quantum Dot Technologies to 2016 UHD TVs

Posted by in categories: electronics, quantum physics

Q-Dots in your TV in 2016.

Hisense-H10.jpgHisense plans to introduce a total of 22 TVs to the U.S. market in 2016, including 720p, 1080p, and UHD models. All of Hisense’s 2016 UHD TVs (eight models total) will support High Dynamic Range, and screen sizes will range from 43 to 65 inches. The flagship 65-inch H10 (shown here) will feature both HDR and quantum dot technologies and have a full-array LED backlighting with local dimming. The 65H10C will be available in the second half of 2016 for $2,799.99

From Hisense Dedicated to continually pushing the envelope with innovative design, technology and value to the consumer, the number-three TV manufacturer globally is looking to achieve the same position within the U.S. with its groundbreaking, affordable, high-quality televisions.

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Feb 3, 2016

Quantum gas, liquid and crystal all-in-one

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials, neuroscience, particle physics, quantum physics

I don’t claim to be the expert on all things Quantum by no stretch; however, this is an amazing discovery and huge step forward for Quantum.

Quantum gas and liquid/ ferrofluid (quantum fluid made of tiny magnets). Now there’s a concept. Q-Dots as ferrofluid flowing through out your system (which is already comprised of about 72% H2O; think about how liquid Q-Dots can be easily absorb as a liquid and given your brain, heart, etc. run on electro charges and sensors; it could definitely open the discussion why even bother with nuero implants when Q-ferrofluid could actually be absorbed and manipulated to target the right areas for fighting diseases or improving brain functions.

The world of quantum mechanics happens only in small scales around a few nanometers. In this nanoworld, particles can behave like waves, and vice versa and have only some probability to be in a particular region. These effects can be directly observed in ultracold dilute gases. For this purpose thousands or a million atoms are cooled down to a few billionth of a degree above absolute zero. At such low temperatures particles become indistinguishable und unite collecitvely to a single giant matter wave called Bose-Einstein condensate which has astonishing properties. The matter wave flows as quantum fluid practically without inner friction, thus it is namedsuperfluid.

Researchers around Tilman Pfau at the Center for Integrated Quantum Science and Technology IQST in Stuttgart (Germany) created such a quantum fluid made of tiny magnets – that are atoms of the most magnetic element dysprosium. They call it “quantum ferrofluid” since it is superfluid and has magnetic properties similar to classical ferrofluids. Ferrofluids consist of ferromagnetic nanoparticles dissolved in oil or water. When a strong magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the surface of the ferrofluid it undergoes a so-called Rosensweig instability. The surface is no longer smooth like normal fluids, but it generates a regular thorny surface resembling a hedgehog. From the point view of the tiny magnets in a ferrofluid, every south- and northpole attract each other. Therefore, it is energetically favourable to be on top of each other along the field direction, so the fluid grows peaks out of the smooth surface.

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Feb 3, 2016

Princeton research benefits sustainability, cybersecurity and other societal goals

Posted by in categories: engineering, materials, quantum physics, sustainability

I shared this same point of view yesterday; and glad to see Princeton shares the same perspective on Quantum and it’s abundant capabilities. Again; Quantum is going to truly change (if not everything) almost everything that we consume, use, and interact with even in raw material enrichment will benefit from Quantum.

Claire White, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, studies ways to make building materials more sustainable. It turns out that cement production creates a lot of carbon dioxide, so much that it accounts for roughly 5 to 8 percent of man-made carbon dioxide emissions globally. White and her team are developing new types of cement using industrial byproducts such as coal fly ash and blast-furnace slag. They make these materials more durable by adding nanoparticles.

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Feb 3, 2016

Head of Google Search retires, artificial intelligence chief to take over

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Very sad to see Amit leave; wonderful man and leader. John taking over Search Engine makes perfect sense since AI is predominantly about information, scanning the net and absorbing info like a sponge to make predictive analysis and decisions from the information available to it. Plus, you add the capabilities to assess people’s search and net activities to the mix; AI is about predicting a person’s mind and habits/ interests. So, merging AI and Search totally make sense and probably was already happening anyway given other press releases.

With Amit Singhal leaving, Google is reportedly merging the AI and search divisions.

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Feb 3, 2016

Will Robots Make Humans Unnecessary?

Posted by in categories: economics, employment, robotics/AI

Good article. Robots taking over the world? No. All human workers replaced by a robot? No Will humans need enhancements to keep up with technology or do certain positions/ careers? Yes.

As robotics and artificial intelligence continue to accelerate in their development, there will be a dwindling number of jobs that machines won’t handle better than humans. How should we prepare for an economy that no longer needs us?

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Feb 3, 2016

WE’RE STUCK! Teaches Maths to Children Using Cutting Edge Neuroscience

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

To all parents and techers out there: here is a great program for the kids.

A brand new interactive theatre show for 8–11 year olds, We’re Stuck! takes children on a fun adventure with scientists and robots which could change their whole attitude to maths. Inspired by the extraordinary abilities and limitations of our brains, award-winning theatre-maker Sarah Punshon uses the latest educational neuroscience to tackle how utterly rubbish our brains can be. Ever got terribly stuck on a problem? Ever made a stupid mistake and felt like a fool? Then this show is for you.

Young adventurers will go on a special tour deep into the heart of Volcano Industries where they meet cutting edge scientists struggling with some unusual and extremely tricky problems in their top-secret research laboratory. In a promenade performance, the ridiculous heroes and the brave young audience go on a voyage of discovery, pitching themselves against ludicrously difficult tasks, getting horribly stuck, and risking total failure. It’ll be fun.

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