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Sep 19, 2016

DARPA and NASA Resurrecting Concorde with Quieter Supersonic Planes

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QueSST is designed to fly at Mach 1.4, 55,000 feet above the ground. The aircraft is shaped to separate the shocks and expansions associated with supersonic flight to reduce the loud sonic booms associated with supersonic aircraft.

Concorde’s sound at cruising altitude was about 105 decibels, but the X-plane might generate 70 to 80 decibels of noise. Quick and quiet are the buzz words.

QueSST’s “heartbeat” will be dramatically quieter than the traditional “N-wave” sonic boom associated with the current supersonic aircraft in flight today. The Skunk Works team has been advancing this technology for the last 20 years as part of multiple efforts.

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Sep 19, 2016

China to build 60 nuclear power plants in upcoming 10 years

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

China plans to build more than 60 nuclear power plants over the next 10 years.

The country’s three major nuclear companies — State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC), China National Nuclear Corporation, and China General Nuclear Power Corporation will each build at least two nuclear power plants annually.

SNPTC vice president Zheng Guangming made the announcement at the World Nuclear Association Symposium in London.

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Sep 19, 2016

Premier Li to endorse China’s stance on global governance

Posted by in categories: economics, governance

Hmmm; China stepping up their game on global governance.


Premier Li embarked on a very significant tour on the 18th of September. The tour comprises of visits to New York to attend the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly and pay official visits to Canada and Cuba upon the invitations from the respective countries.

The 71st session of the UN General Assembly will be an important one. Every session of the UN General Assembly is an historic moment, but among other things the 71st session will be the last one attended by US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as both are about to leave office. Thus, along with discussions of global matters, the assembled leaders will also bid farewell to two of the most famous and powerful leaders among them.

The UN General Assembly session is usually the biggest multilateral event of the calendar year, with most of the top world leaders in attendance. It makes it a perfect opportunity for leaders to meet each other on the side-lines to discuss matters and touch base on past, present and future agreements and understandings between countries. Being the Premier of the second largest economy in the world, Premier Li will most definitely have a very hectic few days in New York meeting his counterparts from other countries and streamlining and strengthening communications with them while attending various engagements at the UN headquarters. At the General Assembly session during the general debates, the premier will sketch out China’s stance on global governance and international order in front of other global leaders and he will highlight measures for coping with global challenges.

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Sep 19, 2016

Undercover FBI Agent Busts Alleged Explosives Buyer on the Dark Web

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

A 50-year-old man has been arrested after an undercover FBI agent posed as a vendor on dark web market AlphaBay.

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Sep 19, 2016

Quantum Teleportation Just Happened For Real

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

I remember when this was announced last year; however, I am glad to see the topic highlighted again especially after China’s launch of their Quantum Satellite.


Quantum teleportation is the mystical, far-off in the future idea where quantum information encoded into particles of light can be transferred from one place to another remotely. Except it’s not far-off in the future — it just happened. Teleportation is real and it is here.

The teleportation occurred over several kilometres of optical fibre networks in the cities of Hefei in China and Calgary in Canada.

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Sep 19, 2016

Quantum computing will make your PC look like a graphing calculator

Posted by in categories: computing, education, quantum physics

Winfried Hensinger likes Star Trek. “It goes all the way back to primary school,” said the director of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies in England. “I wanted to be science officer on the Enterprise, so I worked out in about grade five that I wanted to study physics.”

Today, his day-to-day work on abstract notions of quantum mechanics would make even Spock’s ears perk up.

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Sep 19, 2016

How do we create a Quantum Internet?

Posted by in categories: internet, quantum physics

It’s all just ones and zeros. Except when it’s both.

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Sep 19, 2016

OPINION — Quantum physics provides new world perspective

Posted by in categories: education, mathematics, quantum physics

If I had to pick my least favorite subject in high school, it would be physics.

The concepts themselves were challenging. The math was even more challenging.

However, my views on physics quickly changed when my teacher mentioned the words “quantum mechanics.”

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Sep 19, 2016

China’s Newly Launched SpaceLab Empowers Human Brain/Computer Interaction –“Can Transmit Astronauts’ Thoughts into Operations”

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience, space

No surprise; we knew this was going to happen.


China launched its second space lab, Tiangong-2, on Thursday, paving the way for a permanent space station that the country plans to build around 2022. In a space science first, a human brain-computer interaction test system, developed by Tianjin University, has been installed in the lab and it is set to conduct a series of experiments in space, People’s Daily reported. According to Ming Dong, the leader of the research team in charge of the brain-computer test system, the brain-computer interaction will eventually be the highest form of human-machine communication.

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Sep 19, 2016

Taming photons, electrons paves way for quantum internet

Posted by in categories: internet, quantum physics

Scientists are gearing up to create supersecure global quantum networks.

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