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Mar 12, 2019

Quantum physicists succeed in controlling energy losses and shifts

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Quantum computers need to preserve quantum information for a long time to be able to crack important problems faster than a normal computer. Energy losses take the state of the qubit from one to zero, destroying stored quantum information at the same time. Consequently, scientists all over the globe have traditionally worked to remove all sources of energy loss—or dissipation—from these machines.

Dr. Mikko Mottonen from Aalto University and his research team have taken a different approach. “Years ago, we realized that quantum computers actually need dissipation to operate efficiently. The trick is to have it only when you need it,” he explains.

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Mar 12, 2019

NASA Space Apps Philippines Photo

Posted by in category: space

Proposed NASA — National Aeronautics and Space Administration lunar gateway #NASA #NASAMoonToMars #Moon2Mars

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Mar 12, 2019

Aging Analytics Agency Photo

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Press Release for Aging Analytics Agency and Vetek Association’s new 500+ page open-access report on the Longevity Industry in Israel, featuring quotes from Nir Barzilai MD, the founding director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Rafi Eitan, former chairman of the Israel Pensioners’ Party “GIL”, founding minister of the Israel Ministry for Senior Citizens, and the current chairman of Vetek Association, Ilia Stambler, the Chief Science Officer of Vetek Association and Eric Kihlstrom, Director of Aging Analytics Agency and former Interim Director of the £98-million Healthy Ageing Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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Mar 12, 2019

How can doctors tell if you wake up during surgery?

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Waking up during surgery – it’s terrifying to think about. But it does happen. There is evidence that around 5 per cent of people may experience so-called anaesthesia awareness at some point on the operating table, though not everyone remembers it.

Living through such an event can be traumatic and painful. So what can be done to prevent it?

Anaesthetists have a few tools that can open a channel of communication while a patient is paralysed by neuromuscular blocking drugs.

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Mar 12, 2019

Dr. Aubrey de Grey Accelerates His Estimates

Posted by in category: life extension

Today we have some clips and commentary from the SENS Webinar we did back in January where we asked Dr. Aubrey de Grey about his prediction for robust mouse and human rejuvenation and got a positive answer!

On January 28, 2019, we held a webinar with the SENS Research Foundation as part of a new ongoing series of research webinars. During the webinar, we asked Dr. Aubrey de Grey how close we might be to achieving robust mouse rejuvenation (RMR) and robust human rejuvenation, and his answer was somewhat surprising.

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Mar 12, 2019

Implantable ‘Brain Chips’ Could Soon Give People Superintelligence

Posted by in categories: computing, neuroscience

A neuroscientist at Northwestern University is working alongside some of Silicon Valley’s top names to make implantable “brain chips” a reality.

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Mar 12, 2019

JAXA: Tokyo

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space, sustainability, transportation

Japan, March 12, 2019—The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) agreed today to study the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration. As a first step, JAXA and Toyota agreed to further cooperate on and accelerate their ongoing joint study*1 of a manned, pressurized rover*2 that employs fuel cell vehicle technologies. Such a form of mobility is deemed necessary for human exploration activities on the lunar surface. Even with the limited amount of energy that can be transported to the moon, the pressurized rover would have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000 km.

International space exploration, aiming to achieve sustainable prosperity for all of humankind by expanding the domain of human activity and giving rise to intellectual properties, has its sights set on the moon and Mars. To achieve the goals of such exploration, coordination between unmanned missions, such as the recent successful touchdown by the asteroid probe Hayabusa2 on the asteroid Ryugu, and manned missions, such as those involving humans using pressurized rovers to conduct activities on the moon, is essential. When it comes to challenging missions such as lunar or Martian exploration, while various countries are competing in advancing their technologies, they are also advancing their cooperative efforts.

JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa had this to say today about the agreement between JAXA and Toyota: “At JAXA, we are pursuing international coordination and technological studies toward Japan’s participation in international space exploration. We aim to contribute through leading Japanese technologies that can potentially generate spin-off benefits. Having Toyota join us in the challenge of international space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence. Manned rovers with pressurized cabins are an element that will play an important role in full-fledged exploration and use of the lunar surface. For this, we would like to concentrate our country’s technological abilities and conduct technological studies. Through our joint studies going forward, we would like to put to use Toyota’s excellent technological abilities related to mobility, and we look forward to the acceleration of our technological studies for the realization of a manned, pressurized rover.”

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Mar 12, 2019

Why Bezos and Microsoft are betting on this $10 trillion energy fix for the planet

Posted by in categories: business, nuclear energy, transportation

So far, no one has commercialized nuclear fusion, but the race is on to be the first to figure it out. Whoever does will be able to bring power to the more than 1 billion who don’t have access to electricity, power cars and help companies operate businesses without having to create harmful emissions.

Jeff Bezos and others have sunk more than $127 million into General Fusion, a start-up trying to commercialize fusion energy. Microsoft is partnering with the company. The goal: to provide energy to 1 billion people that don’t have electricity.

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Mar 12, 2019

Axolotl’s Regeneration Genes Also Present in Humans

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience

Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) have identified gene “partners” in the axolotl salamander that, when activated, allow the neural tube and associated nerve fibers to functionally regenerate after severe spinal cord damage. Interestingly, these genes are also present in humans, though they are activated in a different manner. Their results are published this week in Nature Communications Biology.

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Mar 12, 2019

China to develop a quantum satellite to provide 24h-service

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, satellites

China plans to develop a medium-high-earth-orbit quantum communication satellite able to provide services around the clock in the next few years, Pan Jianwei, member of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told CGTN at the press conference for the second session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee on Sunday.

When asked about the future plan for quantum communication technology, Pan said his team is planning to design a new one to supplement the Mozi satellite, which can only function at night due to interference from the sun.

The nation launched its first quantum satellite in 2016. As the world’s first quantum communication satellite, Mozi is expected to provide a technical foundation for China to build a self-developed ultra-secure communication system.

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