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Nov 15, 2017

Why This New Quantum Computing Startup Has a Real Shot at Beating Its Competition

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

A startup called Quantum Circuits plans to compete with the likes of IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Intel to bring quantum computing out of the lab and into the wider world. There’s one good reason to think it might be able to beat them all.

That’s because Quantum Circuits was founded by Robert Schoelkopf, a professor at Yale, whose work in many ways has helped kick-start this exciting new era of quantum advances.

Quantum computers exploit two strange features of quantum physics, entanglement and superposition, to process information in a fundamentally different way from traditional computers. The approach allows the power of such machines to scale dramatically with even just a few quantum bits, or qubits. Those racing to build practical quantum computers are nearing the point where quantum machines will be capable of doing things that no conventional machine could—an inflection point known as quantum supremacy.

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Nov 15, 2017

Richest 1% own half the world’s wealth, study finds

Posted by in category: finance

The world’s richest people have seen their share of the globe’s total wealth increase from 42.5% at the height of the 2008 financial crisis to 50.1% in 2017, or $140tn (£106tn), according to Credit Suisse’s global wealth report published on Tuesday.

At the other end of the spectrum, the world’s 3.5 billion poorest adults each have assets of less than $10,000 (£7,600). Collectively these people, who account for 70% of the world’s working age population, account for just 2.7% of global wealth.

Credit Suisse report highlights increasing gap between the super-rich and the remainder of the globe’s population.

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Nov 15, 2017

For The First Time Ever Scientists Have Boosted Human Memory With a Brain Implant

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, Elon Musk, engineering, neuroscience

With everyone from Elon Musk to MIT to the US Department of Defense researching brain implants, it seems only a matter of time before such devices are ready to help humans extend their natural capabilities.

Now, a professor from the University of Southern California (USC) has demonstrated the use of a brain implant to improve the human memory, and the device could have major implications for the treatment of one of the US’s deadliest diseases.

Dong Song is a research associate professor of biomedical engineering at USC, and he recently presented his findings on a “memory prosthesis” during a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington D.C. According to a New Scientist report, the device is the first to effectively improve the human memory.

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Nov 14, 2017

Modified protein promotes hair growth and fights ageing in mice

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

#genetherapy #protein #biology #ageing

“Scientists create a chemical that can restore hair and give youthful energy,” the Daily Mail reports. FOXO4-DRI, a modified protein, has been successfully used to remove “broken ageing” cells. However, the research thus far has only been used with mice.

This study examined cells that have stopped dividing, called senescent cells. Senescent cells are believed to be responsible for ageing, along with age related diseases such as arthritis.

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Nov 14, 2017

‘Quake swarm’ rocks San Andreas fault at Monterey County

Posted by in category: futurism

Fears of a huge quake have risen in California after a series of 10 ‘mini quakes’ yesterday hit the San Andreas fault.

A string of 10 tremors struck Monterey County, a rural area in California, in what seismologists call a ‘swarm’ of earthquakes.

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Nov 14, 2017

Jupiter’s lights are acting very STRANGE – and NO ONE knows why

Posted by in category: space

THE dazzling lights on Jupiter have been behaving rather peculiar – and even scientists have no idea why.

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Nov 14, 2017

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, neuroscience

A serial leak of the agency’s cyberweapons has damaged morale, slowed intelligence operations and resulted in hacking attacks on businesses and civilians worldwide.

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Nov 14, 2017

A Helium-Resistant Material Could Usher in the Age of Nuclear Fusion

Posted by in categories: materials, nuclear energy

Researchers have found a way to prevent helium from weakening nuclear fusion reactors, potentially eliminating an obstacle to harnessing fusion energy.

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Nov 14, 2017

Robots could be used on FARMS by 2020

Posted by in categories: food, robotics/AI, sustainability

Engineers from Harper Adams University in Shropshire are working on machines that can autonomously plant seeds, weed, water and spray without a farmer needing to venture into the field.

Professor Blackmore said: ‘I am trying develop a completely new agricultural mechanisation system based on small smart machines.

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Nov 14, 2017

Giving Tuesday Approaches: Help us to Fund SENS Rejuvenation Research

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Giving Tuesday is two weeks away, on November 28th. As manufactured celebrations go, I think we could do far worse than a holiday that encourages philanthropy. While most people are basically well-meaning, and I think would agree in principle that support for medical research is to the common good, we all lead busy lives and need prompting.

So here is a prompt, to remind you that we are all still aging, that aging causes an enormous toll of suffering and death, and that, absent progress, you too will be one of the victims. To offer material support to the research groups that are working to treat the causes of aging is not just the most compassionate thing you can do for the millions suffering today, it is also in your self-interest for tomorrow. If you are organized enough to save for retirement, because it will make your life easier decades from now, then you should also be organized enough to help establish the new medical technologies that will reduce or eliminate the age-related disease that also lies ahead, waiting.

The most effective way to help make progress through charitable contributions is to give to the SENS Research Foundation or their allies such as the Methuselah Foundation. This year we have put out a call for SENS Patrons, people willing to pledge a monthly contribution to the SENS Research Foundation. Josh Triplett, Christophe and Dominique Cornuejols, and Fight Aging! have put up a $36,000 challenge fund to encourage new supporters, and we will match the next full year of your donations if you sign up before the end of 2017.

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