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Dec 25, 2016

Jülich Installs New QPACE3 Supercomputer for Quantum Chromodynamics

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, cosmology, particle physics, quantum physics, robotics/AI, supercomputing

A new supercomputer has been deployed at the Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC) in Germany. Called QPACE3, the new 447 Teraflop machine is named for “QCD Parallel Computing on the Cell.”

QPACE3 is being used by the University of Regensburg for a joint research project with the University of Wuppertal and the Jülich Supercomputing Center for numerical simulations of quantum chromodynamics (QCD), which is one of the fundamental theories of elementary particle physics. Such simulations serve, among other things, to understand the state of the universe shortly after the Big Bang, for which a very high computing power is required.

The demand for high performance computers to solve complex applications has risen exponentially, but unfortunately so has their consumption of power. Many supercomputers require more than a megawatt of electricity to operate and annual electricity costs can easily run into millions of Euros. The energy supply is therefore a significant part of the operating costs of a data center. According to recent analyst studies, this represents the second-largest factor in addition to personnel and maintenance costs. The upcoming boom with (3D) video streaming, augmented reality, image recognition and artificial intelligence is driving up the demand for data center capabilities, thereby placing new challenges in the power supply sector.

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Dec 25, 2016

Quantum Computing Update: Coherent Electron-Photon Coupling Achieved, May Help Build Scalable Devices

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Over 6 months ago we reported the electron-photon coupling discovery which makes scalable QC possibly. This article provides some additional content around the experiment.


The silicon-based device, created by researchers at Princeton University, could eventually help build viable and robust quantum computers.

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Dec 25, 2016

The Chatbot Will See You Now

Posted by in categories: health, robotics/AI

Could artificial intelligence help address the mental-health crisis among Syrian refugees?

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Dec 25, 2016

Imperial College of London makes world’s most heat resistant material at 4232 kelvin

Posted by in categories: nuclear energy, space, transportation

Researchers have discovered that tantalum carbide and hafnium carbide materials can withstand scorching temperatures of nearly 4000 degrees Celsius.

Being able to withstand temperatures of nearly 4000°C could pave the way for both materials to be used in ever more extreme environments, such as in heat resistant shielding for the next generation of hypersonic space vehicles.

Tantalum carbide (TaC) and hafnium carbide (HfC) are refractory ceramics, meaning they are extraordinarily resistant to heat. Their ability to withstand extremely harsh environments means that refractory ceramics could be used in thermal protection systems on high-speed vehicles and as fuel cladding in the super-heated environments of nuclear reactors. However, there hasn’t been the technology available to test the melting point of TaC and HfC in the lab to determine how truly extreme an environment they could function in.

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Dec 25, 2016

“AI Day” Will Never Replace Christmas

Posted by in categories: geopolitics, robotics/AI, transhumanism

The National Review via Wesley J. Smith commenting on my “AI Day replacing Christmas” story: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/443337/ai-day-supplent-christmas #transhumanism #robots #future #AI


Scrooge’s Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come never saw this coming.

The transhumanist popularizer and pseudo presidential candidate, Zoltan Istvan, claims that “AI Day” will soon replace Christmas as the world’s most beloved holiday. From his piece in the Huffington Post:

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Dec 25, 2016

How Do We Colonize Saturn’s Moons?

Posted by in category: space

The idea of colonization of Saturn’s moons is attractive and presents many benefits, even if it is a challenging and distant prospect.

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Dec 25, 2016

Just a SmidgION: Oxford Nanopore announce iPhone-powered sequencing

Posted by in category: mobile phones

CTO Clive Brown announces new Oxford Nanopore sequencing and library prep devices during his keynote address to the company’s user group conference

Stop the presses! Not something we call on a regular bases at FLG towers because, well, our work is largely digital. But when the latest news from Oxford Nanopore landed on our desks this afternoon, this old print journalism adage felt rather apt.

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Dec 25, 2016

H+ Women Photo

Posted by in category: transhumanism

This page corresponds with H+ magazine and values of transhumanism, emphasizing the contributions of women involved in our transition into posthumanity.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hpluswomen/

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Dec 25, 2016

China Wants to Build a $50 Trillion Global Wind & Solar Power Grid by 2050

Posted by in categories: climatology, solar power, sustainability

In Brief The company that is tasked with running China’s power grid just proposed a $50 trillion global electricity network to help us tackle pollution and climate change.

It seems that China likes building big things. Take the Great Wall of China. The country has been constructing bigger (and sometimes better) things than the rest of the world for centuries.

Now, the Chinese are at it again, but this time it’s on a global scale. China wants to build a $50+ trillion power grid. For the entire world. And they want to have it in operation by 2050. Talk about ambitious.

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Dec 24, 2016

Launch Of USS Detriot

Posted by in category: military

This is how Ships are launched!


USS Detroit (LCS-7) is the fourth freedom-class combat ship deployed by United States Navy. This ceremony took place on Oct. 18, 2014, in Menominee River. LCS −7 owes itself to Lockheed Martin, an American global aerospace, defence and security company. You can watch the complete video of its launch here.

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