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May 7, 2020

Surgeon general: Data doesn’t back up wearing masks in public amid coronavirus pandemic

Posted by in category: biotech/medical


U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams explains why the CDC and WHO do not recommend the general public wear masks and how doing so could increase your virus risk.

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May 7, 2020

Patterns, Choices & Consequences

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, bitcoin, economics, finance

The choices we make today, and it’s consequences will shape up this decade. Can we break the current pattern, engage with this new financial system and adapt to new realities? #blockchain

As human beings, we are defined by patterns. Our collective pattern defines society. We are empowered with choices – furthering the patterns, or breaking them or creating new ones. In the physical world, these choices could be social, economic, technological, or ecological. Based on the choices we make – good, bad, or ugly, we enjoy or suffer consequences. COVID-19 escalated the macroeconomic situation leading to liquidity, demand, and supply shocks. Can we break the current pattern and embrace digitization, decentralization and sound money? In turn, making choices that will create affirmative consequences for humanity.

Patterns, Choices & Consequences

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May 7, 2020

Intro to Quantum Computing

Posted by in categories: computing, encryption, quantum physics

Quantum computing is seen by many as a technology of the future. In this article, we’re going to look at how to run some non-trivial programs on actual quantum computers. In particular, we’re going to discuss something called graph states. Graph states are used for quantum cryptography, quantum error correction, and measurement based quantum computing. If all of that sounds like a foreign language, that’s okay. We’re going to go through everything, from the ground up, and in detail…and don’t worry, we’ll keep it light and fun.

May 7, 2020

Navy Wants To Buy 30 New Light Amphibious Warships To Support Radical Shift In Marine Ops

Posted by in category: military

Fleets of small, low-cost amphibious warships are absolutely critical to how the Marine Corps’ plans to fight in the coming years.

May 7, 2020

US Navy achieves ‘100 mile’ hypersonic railgun test shot

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Circa 2010

Electro-hypercannon could bring back the dreadnought era.

May 7, 2020

A Discovery That Long Eluded Physicists: Superconductivity to the Edge

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Princeton researchers detect a supercurrent a current flowing without energy loss at the edge of a superconductor with a topological twist.

A discovery that long eluded physicists has been detected in a laboratory at Princeton. A team of physicists detected superconducting currents — the flow of electrons without wasting energy — along the exterior edge of a superconducting material. The finding was published May 1 in the journal Science.

The superconductor that the researchers studied is also a topological semi-metal, a material that comes with its own unusual electronic properties. The finding suggests ways to unlock a new era of “topological superconductivity” that could have value for quantum computing.

May 7, 2020

Plasma jet thrusters make push for propulsion

Posted by in category: transportation

Researchers in China have demonstrated a prototype device that uses microwave air plasmas for jet propulsion, an advance that could one day replace fossil fuel combustion engines.

The team from the Institute of Technological Sciences at Wuhan University describe the engine in AIP Advances.

Waiting in the wings: How plasma could help revolutionise aircraft design.

May 7, 2020

Chinese Kennel Owner Caught Stealing Electricity to Power Underground Bitcoin Mining Farm

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, business, food, sustainability

The largest oil field in the People’s Republic of China has been a target for individuals and organizations attempting to mine bitcoins with free electricity. After a bunch of mining farm operators allegedly got caught last summer, a dog kennel owner was recently busted for running cable lines in order to siphon free electricity from China’s Daqing Oil Field. The mining farm owner was arrested, as police found 54 ASIC miners stored in an underground bunker with dog kennels on top making it seem like a legitimate operation.

Electrical costs in China are cheaper than most places around the world, and that is why there is a high concentration of China-based bitcoin mining operations. To this day, it is estimated that more than 60% of today’s bitcoin miners operate in China. On April 26, the regional publication published a report that explained a bitcoin miner was just arrested for allegedly stealing free electricity from the Daqing Oil Field. The report notes that the mining farm operator got away with the free electricity for months in order to power 54 mining rigs underground.

Further investigation shows that the mining farm owner also operated a K-9 kennel housed with dogs above the bunker. The cover made it seem like he was operating a legitimate business, while he had long cables running into China’s largest oil field. The oil field in Daqing is located between the Songhua river and Nen River. Estimates show that Daqing Oil Field has produced well over 10 billion barrels since the operation started. The man who was busted running cable lines into the oil field is not the only entrepreneur who has tried that specific method. Daqing Oil Field has been a target for many bitcoin mining operators who have attempted to run cables into the plant.

May 7, 2020

Chinese Court Declares Ethereum Legal Property With Economic Value

Posted by in categories: bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, economics, law

There is an interesting case of a blockchain engineer and a crime in the article.

A district court in China has reportedly ruled that Ethereum’s cryptocurrency is legal property with economic value. This ruling follows a couple of other verdicts on the legality of cryptocurrency, including bitcoin, by various Chinese courts. While cryptocurrency is not legal tender in China, people can hold and transfer them like property.

The Shenzhen Futian District People’s Court in Guangdong Province, China, has ruled that ether is legal property, protected by Chinese law, local media reported last week. This means that the Chinese are not barred from owning or transferring the cryptocurrency, local publication 8btc explained, adding that according to the court ruling:

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May 7, 2020

Discovering the hidden messages within cell trajectories using a deep learning approach for in vitro evaluation of cancer drug treatments

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI

Scientific Reports volume 10, Article number: 7653 (2020) Cite this article.