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Jul 10, 2019

Solving problems on a quantum chessboard

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

Physicists at the University of Innsbruck are proposing a new model that could demonstrate the supremacy of quantum computers over classical supercomputers in solving optimization problems. In a recent paper, they demonstrate that just a few quantum particles would be sufficient to solve the mathematically difficult N-queens problem in chess even for large chess boards.

Jul 10, 2019

Physicists Capture Atomic Motion in 4D

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

A process called nucleation plays a critical role in many physical and biological phenomena that range from crystallization, melting and evaporation to the formation of clouds and the initiation of neurodegenerative diseases. However, nucleation is a challenging process to study experimentally, especially in its early stages, when several atoms or molecules start to form a new phase from a parent phase. Now, a team of physicists led by the University of California, Los Angeles has used a method called atomic electron tomography to study early-stage nucleation in four dimensions (that is, in three dimensions of space and across time) at atomic resolution.

Jul 10, 2019

Could Manipulating the Microbiome Treat Food Allergies?

Posted by in categories: biological, health

As evidence grows that gut bacteria play roles in the development and persistence of food allergies, researchers begin to explore microbe-based interventions.

Jul 10, 2019

25 Million Android Devices Infected

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI

Malware researchers discovered a new malicious campaign for Android devices that replaces legitimate apps with tainted copies built to push advertisements or hijack valid ad events.

Around 25 million devices have already been infected with what researchers have dubbed “Agent Smith,” after users installed an app from an unofficial Android store.

Jul 10, 2019

The Rise of Transhumanism: Emerging Worldviews 11

Posted by in categories: life extension, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Forms of Transhumanism

Transhumanism takes a variety of overlapping forms united around a common commitment to use science and technology to improve human intellect and/or physiology. Many, though not all, are committed to Posthumanism; others focus on artificial intelligence and its implications for human life. All of them raise important worldview questions, though not always the same ones.

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Jul 10, 2019

Carbon dioxide could be converted into graphene

Posted by in category: materials

Carbon dioxide is kind of painted as the villain of the 21st century, and it’s not enough to just reduce our emissions now – we need to remove some of what’s already in the atmosphere. Now, researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a simple way to turn the troublesome gas into a useful resource by converting it into the “wonder” material graphene.

Jul 10, 2019

Microsoft Confirms Windows ‘Great Duke Of Hell’ Malware Attack

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

Astaroth is, as demonologists will tell you, the Great Duke of Hell and part of the evil trinity. Microsoft, however, is warning that Astaroth malware is attacking Windows users with a fileless “invisible man” methodology. Here’s what you need to know.

Jul 10, 2019

Blasting Rich People Into Space Is Better Business Than Uber, Somehow

Posted by in categories: business, transportation

Virgin Galactic is preparing to become the first publicly traded spaceflight company, and the venture is setting a course to be profitable by August 2021, which would put it lightyears ahead of the profitability projections of another transportation-based company that simply moves people around on Earth: Uber.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Virgin Galactic is merging with Social Capital Hedosophia Holdings (SCH), which will take a 49 percent stake and invest about $800 million into the space tourism endeavor.

Jul 10, 2019

The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines

Posted by in category: cryptocurrencies

In 2016, Alpine Tech started a digital currency mining operation in Gondo, on the Italian border.

Jul 10, 2019

This Robot Arm Can Help Wheelchair Users Drink Coffee, Open Doors

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A new robot arm can help people who use wheelchairs better handle the day-to-day tasks that might otherwise be too challenging or awkward.

The Jaco, a robotic arm made by the tech company Kinova Robotics, can attach to a wheelchair and operate as a sort of third arm, according to Digital Trends — helping people with limited mobility go about their lives with a greater degree of independence.