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Jun 27, 2016

Do Giant Planets Contain “Dark” Hydrogen?

Posted by in category: space

This experiment has accessed the conditions under which hydrogen starts to transition from a gas to a metal. What the researchers find is that the transition to a fully metallic state occurs at significantly higher pressures and temperatures than predicted. And during that transition the hydrogen is not only somewhat conducting, but also opaque to visible light, while still transparent to infrared wavelengths.

The implication is that planets like Jupiter and Saturn should actually have thick interior layers of this ‘dark’ hydrogen above their conductive, metallic hydrogen zones. And the infrared transparency of dark hydrogen may help explain how heat leaks out and allows these, and any other, gas-giant worlds to cool and evolve.

Perhaps the most remarkable discovery is that even the simplest element in the universe still has some tricks up its sleeve — if pushed into the right conditions.

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Jun 27, 2016

The universe is crowded with black holes, astronomers predict

Posted by in categories: cosmology, physics

A new study published in Nature presents one of the most complete models of matter in the universe and predicts hundreds of massive black hole mergers each year observable with the second generation of gravitational wave detectors.

The model anticipated the massive black holes observed by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory. The two colliding masses created the first directly detected gravitational waves and confirmed Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

“The universe isn’t the same everywhere,” said Richard O’Shaughnessy, assistant professor in RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences, and co-author of the study led by Krzysztof Belczynski from Warsaw University. “Some places produce many more binary black holes than others. Our study takes these differences into careful account.”

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Jun 27, 2016

DHL Delivery Drone

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

DHL’s delivery drone can transport packages faster than a car can.

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Jun 26, 2016

Electronics on the Fly

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, electronics

Laura speaks with Simon Fried, Co-founder of Nano Dimension about how the Israeli 3D printed electronics company is changing the role of PCBs.

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Jun 26, 2016

Putin praises ‘all-embracing’ partnership of Russia, China

Posted by in category: futurism

Russia’s hope of a partnership with China in Tech. Could QC be part of this?


In May 2014, Putin visited Beijing and presided over the signing of numerous deals, including a mammoth 30-year natural gas contract worth $400 billion, seeking to show the West that Russian Federation still had viable options.

They are also hoping to clinch an agreement on a high-speed railway line between Moscow and Kazan, some 700 kilometres east of the capital, by the end of the year.

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Jun 26, 2016

The bot revolution: How conversational interfaces will replace apps

Posted by in categories: habitats, internet, robotics/AI

I have been helping by advising various companies across multiple industries plan & prep for more on boarding of bot technology as part of their own IT infrastructure and application layer. What I have seen companies who are at a turning point for their applications and infrastructure are wanting to invest in more automation meaning more online bot technology so that the resources that they currently have can be scaled to focus on new products & services innovation to help IT become a profit center & deploy commercial services and products to the company’s external customers.


We’re at the cusp of a sharp rise in devices that have no screen but do have conversational voice controls, such as the Amazon Echo. Smart home and Internet-of-things (IoT) objects that respond to users’ voices will improve and become more intuitive with further iterations and wider adoption.

Already they can, for example, dim the lights in a room and play a favorite song. With practice, and, by the virtues of machine learning, these user experiences will become ever more intuitive, capable, and innate.

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Jun 26, 2016

U.S. scientists transform lower-body cells into facial cartilage

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In new experiments using bird embryos, U.S. scientists have successfully converted cells of the lower-body region into facial tissue that makes cartilage.

The researchers of the California Institute of Technology discovered a “gene circuit”, composed of just three genes, that can alter the fate of cells destined for the lower bodies of birds, turning them instead into cells that produce cartilage and bones in the head.

Reporting in the latest issue of the journal Science, published on June 24, the researchers say the results could eventually lead to therapies for conditions where facial bone or cartilage is lost. For example, cartilage destroyed in the nose due to cancer is particularly hard to replace.

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Jun 26, 2016

Quantum Computing: A Primer

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

This video is worthless. I hear a person who is out of touch with the QC work and isn’t even aware all of the work going on. Frankly, QC is being worked on by big tech (Amazon, Google, Microsoft, D-Wave, IBM), governmental labs and incubators, limited set of start ups who are also (in many cases tied to big tech), and university research labs. Therefore, I don’t really find this soapbox video that informative as well as not in touch with where QC is today. It appears to me that this guy has sour grapes over not being engaged.

At least if you’re going to get on a soapbox and try to talk about QC like you’re somehow an expert or informed; at least make sure you know what has been shown, reported, and in development currently that has been publically announced so that you don’t look like you’re an un-informed consultant doing a superficial presentation and didn’t even bother doing the due diligence 1st. Otherwise, you just discredited your VC/ firm to the public and to those working on QC.

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Jun 26, 2016

Experimental quantum computer manages first high-energy physics simulation

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

Nice.


Quantum computing makes small, but significant progress.

A high-energy physics experiment has been completed using a simple quantum device that, if scaled up, could potentially greatly outperform a conventional computer.

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Jun 26, 2016

DARPA To Develop Military Aircraft Engine Capable Of Mach-5 Speed

Posted by in categories: military, space

Guessing the pressurization suits (like those in space) will have to be worn. Some of my friends who were test pilots for experimental type aircraft use to tell me how they had to push the jets to their limits and at times wear pressurization suits due to pressurization in the cockpit. So, this should be interesting.


Defense, aerospace, news, exhibitions, C4ISR, aircraft, procurement, pentagon, contracts, companies, categories, events, interviews.

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