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Jul 14, 2016

The Noise at the Bottom of the Universe

Posted by in categories: information science, particle physics, quantum physics, space

Is search of the sound of silence.

To a physicist, perfect quiet is the ultimate noise. Silence your cellphone, still your thoughts, and muffle every kind of vibration, and you would still be left with quantum noise. It represents an indeterminacy deep within nature, bursts of static and inexplicable motions that cannot be gotten rid of, or made sense of. It seems devoid of meaning.

Considering how pervasive this noise is, you might presume that physicists would have a good explanation for it. But it remains one of the great unsolved problems in science. Quantum theory is silent not just on where the noise comes from, but on how exactly it enters the world. The theory’s defining equation, the Schrödinger equation, is completely deterministic. There is no noise in it at all. To explain why we observe quantum particles to be noisy, we need some additional principle.

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Jul 14, 2016

Elon Musk Warns that DARPA A.I. Hacking Challenge Will Lead to Skynet

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

He may or may not be joking.

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Jul 14, 2016

Terahertz amplifiers could open new frontiers in RF communications

Posted by in category: futurism

Very nice.

Researchers from Northrop Grumman, working with DARPA, have developed two different amplifiers capable of using the THz range of the spectrum, which could lead to a new range of high-speed, secure communications.

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Jul 14, 2016

You say you want a revolution: DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge

Posted by in category: cybercrime/malcode

DARPA’s self-repairing security system’s challenge.

In a few weeks, a town better known for events like the World Series of Poker will host the World Series of Hacking.

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Jul 14, 2016

Dr Aubrey de Grey is doing an AMA 19th in Reddit Futurology 1pm EST/6pm BST

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, life extension

If you are interested in the work of SENS and how Dr Haroldo Silva and his team are looking for ways to treat cancer why not come along and join them?

There is going to be a SENS AMA on Reddit with Aubrey de Grey and OncoSENS researcher Haroldo Silva. Ask them anything about SENS and the long term goal of developing universal cancer therapies.


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Jul 14, 2016

Russia’s hyperloop dream is undone

Posted by in categories: business, economics, Elon Musk, finance, transportation

Sad for Russia.

President Vladimir Putin and other Russian officials dream of a technological leap that could immediately close the gap between Russia and more advanced economies, as Sputnik did for the Soviet Union. The hyperloop, a kind of train in a tube that can reach speeds of up to 700 mph, fits that dream, and a well-connected Russian businessman has invested in it — only to see the project become embroiled in a lawsuit involving a Silicon Valley startup’s founders and claims of financial mismanagement.

Elon Musk, Tesla’s chief executive, proposed the hyperloop four years ago. This “fifth mode of transport” would involve a system of practically airless tubes through which magnetically levitated pods could carry passengers and cargo. Musk has not set up a company to bring the project to reality, but others have. For example, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, wants to build a system in Slovakia. Another, Hyperloop One, offered a public demonstration of some elements of its technology in May.

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Jul 14, 2016

Russia building hypersonic nuclear bomber to reach other side of the world in TWO hours

Posted by in category: military

Russia’s other option to long range missals.

RUSSIA is preparing to unveil a hypersonic stealth bomber capable of reaching such high speeds it could reach a target ANYWHERE in the world within two hours.

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Jul 14, 2016

In Nanolasers, A Little Impurity Goes A Long Way

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

How zinc atoms improved Nanolaser light emission which could lead to the development of low-cost biomedical sensors, quantum computing and faster internet.

By adding impurities in the form of zinc atoms, researchers have improved nanolaser light emission by a hundredfold.

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Jul 14, 2016

‘Space Plane’ which could fly anywhere in the world in four hours secures €10,000 development contract

Posted by in category: space travel

Could we soon be saying goodbye to long-haul flights? One company has taken an important step in making this dream come true.

Oxford’s Reaction Engines Ltd (REL) announced it has received a €10,000 development contract with ESA, so it can work on its revolutionary Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE).

This technology can work both in the Earth’s atmosphere and in space — which is crucial to space planes.

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Jul 14, 2016

A neural network tried to write a 9th Harry Potter book, and the results are hilarious

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Do you remember that memorable scene in the Harry Potter books when a person seeking revenge on Ron turns out to be Dumbledore hiding behind a cream cake?

If you don’t, that’s probably because you read the version of Harry Potter written by J.K. Rowling instead of an LSTM recurrent neural network — trained to generate new Hogwarts-related stories using a data set consisting of the series’ first four books.

“I’ve been experimenting with deep learning over the past few weeks, and the Harry Potter story is the result of one of those experiments,” creator Max Deutsch tells Digital Trends. “Beyond just looking for a fun way to practice what I’ve been learning, the Harry Potter project was an attempt to make something enjoyable to read.”

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