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Mar 3, 2019

Quantum computing: Testing qubits has been put in a faster lane

Posted by in categories: chemistry, computing, finance, quantum physics, sustainability

A way to speed up quantum computer tech progress has arrived from Intel. If you are interested in following the waves and advances in quantum computing, then get familiar with this word trio: Cryogenic Wafer Prober. Before their design, the electrical characterization of qubits was slower than with traditional transistors. Even small subsets of data might take days to collect.

Drug development. Chemistry. Climate change. Financial modeling. Scientists in all areas look forward to more advancements to push quantum computers to the frontlines. Speeding progress could also mean speeding up advancements in science and industry.

“Quantum computing, in essence, is the ultimate in , with the potential to tackle problems conventional computers can’t handle,” said Intel.

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Mar 3, 2019

Beautiful First Image Captured by a new telescope in the Chilean desert

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space

The Atacama Desert in Chile has been a hotbed of astronomical activity of late. Not only is it the site of Martian environmental simulations to test rover capabilities, it is also home to an project called SPECULOOS (Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars).

SPECULOOS is part of the ESO, the European Southern Observatory, and involves the use of four robotic telescopes for planet hunting. In particular, the telescopes look near to ultracool stars and brown dwarfs to search for Earth-sized exoplanets which can then be investigated in more detail by another telescope such as ESO’s forthcoming Extremely Large Telescope (ELT).

The four telescopes of SPECULOOS are named after Jupiter’s moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, and each has a one meter primary mirror with cameras that are sensitive to near-infrared wavelengths. This accords with the type of light given off by the ultracool stars and brown dwarfs which are the telescopes’ targets.

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Mar 3, 2019

CATTERBOX™ — Skater

Posted by in category: futurism

https://youtu.be/eoxrC3g4Tco

Introducing CATTERBOX™ from TEMPTATIONS™

Giving cats a voice for the very first time.

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Mar 3, 2019

Meowlingual Cat Translator

Posted by in category: futurism

Cat pissed off for seemingly no reason? Kitty in a rush to who-knows-where? Answer your cat questions with a new translation tool for cats.

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Mar 3, 2019

Get paid for your data? California governor wants tech companies to show you the money

Posted by in category: economics

Gov. Gavin Newsom is considering a bill that would compensate users for their data, but critics warn it could be complicated.

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Mar 3, 2019

Animated map of what Earth would look like if all the ice melted

Posted by in category: futurism

It doesn’t look good for Florida.

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Mar 3, 2019

Australian startup plans a proper long-range, road-drivable VTOL flying car

Posted by in category: transportation

Another flying car company is preparing to join the race to the skies, as Australia’s Macchina Volantis gears up to build a prototype of its road-drivable 5-seat electric aircraft. With VTOL capability, winged flight mode and a diesel range extender, this thing promises to fly at three times highway speed and offer some serious range.

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Mar 3, 2019

The Ocean Is Running Out of Breath, Scientists Warn

Posted by in categories: climatology, sustainability

Widespread and sometimes drastic marine oxygen declines are stressing sensitive species—a trend that will continue with climate change.

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Mar 3, 2019

With Every Breath You Take, Thank the Ocean

Posted by in categories: energy, food, sustainability

When was the last time you thought about your breathing? Take a breath right now and think about it. You breathe because you need oxygen, a gas which makes up 21 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere. All that oxygen has to come from somewhere. You might already know that it comes from photosynthetic organisms like plants. But did you know that most of the oxygen you breathe comes from organisms in the ocean?

That’s right—more than half of the oxygen you breathe comes from marine photosynthesizers, like phytoplankton and seaweed. Both use carbon dioxide, water and energy from the sun to make food for themselves, releasing oxygen in the process. In other words, they photosynthesize. And they do it in the ocean.

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Mar 3, 2019

Vast underground ocean discovered on Jupiter’s largest moon

Posted by in category: space

Circa 2015


In this artist’s concept, the moon Ganymede (right) orbits the giant planet Jupiter. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observed aurorae (lights) on the moon generated by Ganymede’s magnetic fields. A saline ocean under the moon’s icy crust best explains shifting in the auroral belts measured by Hubble. (credit: NASA/ESA)

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has the best evidence yet for an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. The subterranean ocean is thought to have more water than all the water on Earth’s surface.

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