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May 9, 2016

Neutrons tap into magnetism in topological insulators at high temperatures

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

I know that I reported on this a few weeks ago; however, this article shares some additional insights on how this new method will enable more efficient smaller devices including promoting stabilization in Quantum Computing (QC)…


A multi-institutional team of researchers has discovered novel magnetic behavior on the surface of a specialized material that holds promise for smaller, more efficient devices and other advanced technology.

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and their collaborators used neutron scattering to reveal magnetic moments in hybrid topological insulator (TI) materials at room temperature, hundreds of degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the extreme sub-zero cold where the properties are expected to occur.

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May 9, 2016

Quantum Swing: a pendulum that moves forward and backwards at the same time

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

One of those freaky states of Quantum. Wild.


Two-quantum oscillations of atoms in a semiconductor crystal are excited by ultrashort terahertz pulses. The terahertz waves radiated from the moving atoms are analyzed by a novel time-resolving method and demonstrate the non-classical character of large-amplitude atomic motions.

The classical pendulum of a clock swings forth and back with a well-defined elongation and velocity at any instant in time. During this motion, the total energy is constant and depends on the initial elongation which can be chosen arbitrarily. Oscillators in the quantum world of atoms and molecules behave quite differently: their energy has discrete values corresponding to different quantum states. The location of the atom in a single quantum state of the oscillator is described by a time-independent wavefunction, meaning that there are no oscillations.

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May 9, 2016

Invisible ‘second skin’ polymer material temporarily tightens skin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, engineering, health

Hmmm; I see a bright future for this. No more surgeries by plastic surgeons? possibly?


Scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed a new material that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. With further development, it could also be used to deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and other types of dermatitis.

The material, a silicone-based polymer that could be applied on the as a thin, imperceptible coating, mimics the mechanical and elastic properties of healthy, youthful skin. In tests with human subjects, the researchers found that the material was able to reshape “eye bags” under the lower eyelids and also enhance skin hydration. This type of “second skin” could also be adapted to provide long-lasting ultraviolet protection, the researchers say.

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May 9, 2016

Siri Creator Demos New AI That Doesn’t Suck This Time

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, robotics/AI

At TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY, Siri creator Dag Kittlaus performed the first public demo of Siri’s new cousin, Viv. Kittlaus described the brains of Viv as, “software that’s writing itself,” which is a pretty bold statement with some implications that call to mind the dreariest of Skynet dystopias. But what exactly makes it any better than Siri?

The fact is we don’t yet know how good this new voice assistant will be, but we can reflect a little bit on what we see during the controlled demo in the video below. For starters, Viv is designed to integrate seamlessly with third party apps, which is a major deficit on Siri’s part. The new AI was able to send money via Venmo, book a room through Hotels.com, and hail a cab from Uber. And it did so quickly and with no apparent hassle. Kittlaus later in the presentation described Viv as a “marketplace” that he saw as an improvement upon app stores.

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May 9, 2016

Is AI ‘the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today’?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Coplin says AI is the most important technology anybody is working on.

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May 9, 2016

This vitamin stops the aging process in organs, say Swiss researchers

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Improved muscle stem cell numbers and muscle function in NR-treated aged mice: Newly regenerated muscle fibers 7 days after muscle damage in aged mice (left: control group; right: fed NR). (Scale bar = 50 μm). (credit: Hongbo Zhang et al./Science)

EPFL researchers have restored the ability of mice organs to regenerate and extend life by simply administering nicotinamide riboside (NR) to them.

NR has been shown in previous studies to be effective in boosting metabolism and treating a number of degenerative diseases. Now, an article by PhD student Hongbo Zhang published in Science also describes the restorative effects of NR on the functioning of stem cells for regenerating organs.

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May 8, 2016

General atomics railgun has successful tests which will lead to army truck based railgun system

Posted by in categories: electronics, transportation

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) officials demonstrated its Blitzer electromagnetic railgun system at the U.S. Army’s Fires Center of Excellence annual Maneuver and Fires Integration Experiment (MFIX)last month at Ft. Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma.

There were eleven firings of the Blitzer railgun during the MFIX event, all at a target with a range that was greater than previous Blitzer firings. At the end of MFIX, GA-EMS’ Blitzer railgun system will be transported back to Dugway Proving Ground in Utah for more testing later this year.

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May 8, 2016

These Super-Efficient Solar Panels Are Light Enough To Install Almost Anywhere

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability

Affix Sunflare’s technology to wherever you want with barely any effort.

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May 8, 2016

You Can “Feel” Your Fingers With This Bionic Arm

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, transhumanism

You Can “Feel” Your Fingers With This Bionic Arm


Researchers have built a bionic arm that allows patients to control and “feel” their individual fingers.

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May 8, 2016

How reverse photosynthesis uses sunlight to make fuel

Posted by in categories: energy, entertainment

Researchers are developing a potentially game-changing method of producing fuels and chemicals.

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