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Jul 30, 2020

Engineers Built “Giant Atoms” That Enhance Quantum Computers

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

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Ultimately, the MIT engineers hope that their giant atoms lead to a simpler, enhanced form of quantum computers.

“This allows us to experimentally probe a novel regime of physics that is difficult to access with natural atoms,” MIT engineer Bharath Kannan said in a press release. “The effects of the giant atom are extremely clean and easy to observe and understand.”

Jul 30, 2020

Some scientists are taking a DIY coronavirus vaccine, and nobody knows if it’s legal or if it works

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, ethics, government, law

Nearly 200 covid-19 vaccines are in development and some three dozen are at various stages of human testing. But in what appears to be the first “citizen science” vaccine initiative, Estep and at least 20 other researchers, technologists, or science enthusiasts, many connected to Harvard University and MIT, have volunteered as lab rats for a do-it-yourself inoculation against the coronavirus. They say it’s their only chance to become immune without waiting a year or more for a vaccine to be formally approved.

Preston Estep was alone in a borrowed laboratory, somewhere in Boston. No big company, no board meetings, no billion-dollar payout from Operation Warp Speed, the US government’s covid-19 vaccine funding program. No animal data. No ethics approval.

What he did have: ingredients for a vaccine. And one willing volunteer.

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Jul 30, 2020

‘Quantum negativity’ can power ultra-precise measurements

Posted by in categories: computing, particle physics, quantum physics

Scientists have found that a physical property called ‘quantum negativity’ can be used to take more precise measurements of everything from molecular distances to gravitational waves.

The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, Harvard and MIT, have shown that can carry an unlimited amount of information about things they have interacted with. The results, reported in the journal Nature Communications, could enable far more precise measurements and power new technologies, such as super-precise microscopes and quantum computers.

Metrology is the science of estimations and measurements. If you weighed yourself this morning, you’ve done metrology. In the same way as is expected to revolutionize the way complicated calculations are done, quantum metrology, using the strange behavior of subatomic particles, may revolutionize the way we measure things.

Jul 30, 2020

How Physics Found a Geometric Structure for Math to Play With

Posted by in categories: mathematics, physics

Symplectic geometry is a relatively new field with implications for much of modern mathematics. Here’s what it’s all about.

Jul 30, 2020

CES, the world’s largest tech conference, will be online-only in 2021

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, electronics

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), long the world’s largest tech trade show, will be all-digital in January 2021, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced on Monday. The CTA cited the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about the spread of the virus as its reasoning for canceling the in-person event.

CES usually takes place in Las Vegas and involves many large gatherings in tightly packed convention halls, as well as smaller meetings between retailers, manufacturers, and other industry professionals.

Per the CTA, the digital CES will be a “new immersive experience.” The organization did not provide many details about what the online event will look like, but it claims it will be “highly personalized.” The organization still plans to hold CES 2022 in Las Vegas.

Jul 30, 2020

Scientists Discover New Species of Mouse Lemur

Posted by in category: futurism

A species of mouse lemur believed to be new to science has been found in the tropical forests of northeastern Madagascar.

More than 100 species of lemurs are recognized today making up about one-fifth of all living primate species on the Earth.

Jul 29, 2020

The ‘butterfly effect’ is wrong and reality can ‘heal itself’, say quantum scientists

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Sending a qubit through a simulation of the past had it return to the present generally unchanged.

Jul 29, 2020

Why China is dominating the world in driverless cars

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

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This video is about driverless cars and why China could be ahead of the world in self-driving car technology. We talk about how they are the biggest adopters of autonomous vehicles and how one day Chinese companies could be giving us a future of true autonomous travel. We also look at the issues that may set China back. Let’s take a look at why.

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Jul 29, 2020

The first interplanetary helicopter, Ingenuity, is ready for liftoff on a 7-month voyage to Mars

Posted by in category: space

Read more about the aeronautical innovators at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory & NASA Ames Research Center who worked together to prepare for NASA’s Perseverance Mars Rover’s #CountdownToMars:

Jul 29, 2020

Elon Musk says DeepMind is his ‘top concern’ when it comes to A.I.

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, entertainment, robotics/AI

“Just the nature of the AI that they’re building is one that crushes all humans at all games,” Musk told The New York Times in an interview published on Saturday. “I mean, it’s basically the plotline in ‘War Games.’”

DeepMind declined to comment when contacted by CNBC.

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