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Dec 15, 2016

Researchers discovered elusive half-quantum vortices in a superfluid

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics, robotics/AI

This is a nice boost for QC and mimics something that should prove interesting for AI and SynBio technology.


Researchers in Aalto University, Finland, and P.L. Kapitza Institute in Moscow have discovered half-quantum vortices in superfluid helium. This vortex is a topological defect, exhibited in superfluids and superconductors, which carries a fixed amount of circulating current.

‘This discovery of half-quantum vortices culminates a long search for these objects originally predicted to exist in superfluid helium in 1976,’ says Samuli Autti, Doctoral Candidate at Aalto University in Finland.

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Dec 15, 2016

Quantum Beard Lights Beard Fairy Lights for Your Next Generation of Beard Ornaments

Posted by in categories: health, quantum physics

This is just wrong; its a disgrace to all things Quantum.


NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Beard Basics offers a full line of men’s beard grooming products as well as a year-round line of their version of beard baubles beard bauble ornaments for Christmas and special occasions. In addition, they offer an everyday line of beard and hair ornaments, glitter beard kits and for 2016, the next generation of beard ornaments, Quantum Beard Lights Beard Fairy Lights.

Beard Basics, a full line of men’s beard grooming products and special occasion items, has been creating and selling men’s beard grooming and their version of beard Baubles with beard bauble ornaments for more than a decade. The company offers a full range of products including holiday, sports-themed and year round beard and hair ornaments. In 2014, the company launched holiday beard ornamentation as part of the beard season awareness for men’s health. Beard Basic’s brand of holiday Beard Bauble Ornaments and glitter beard kits have been copied by many other companies but they are the trend setters when it comes to beards and the first to offer beard ornaments with mini clips.

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Dec 15, 2016

Accessible Photon Emission Could Bring Quantum Computing Out of the Lab

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, internet, mobile phones, quantum physics

Researchers from the Tyndall National Institute in Cork have created micro-structures shaped like small pyramids that can create entangled photons. Does this mean that quantum computers are closer than we realize?

Quantum computers have been the stuff of science fiction for the past few decades. In recent times, quantum computers have slowly become more of a reality with some machines successfully solving real world problems such as games and path finding algorithms.

But why are quantum computers so desired by tech firms and why is there so much research into the field? Silicon has been incredibly loyal to the tech world for the past 50 years, giving us the point contact transistor in 1947. Now, silicon is at the center of technology with computers, tablets, smartphones, the IoT, and even everyday items. In fact, you cannot walk down a city street without being in range of some Wi-Fi network or influence from a small silicon device.

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Dec 15, 2016

MSFT Stock: Is This Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) Next Big Play?

Posted by in categories: finance, robotics/AI, supercomputing

Nice write up and references the Cognitive Toolkit that was leveraged on Skype, Xbox, etc. Also, a nice plug on the QC work.


“Only Cray can bring the combination of supercomputing technologies, supercomputing best practices, and expertise in performance optimization to scale deep learning problems,” said Dr. Mark S. Staveley, Cray’s director of deep learning and machine learning. “We are working to unlock possibilities around new approaches and model sizes, turning the dreams and theories of scientists into something real that they can explore. Our collaboration with Microsoft and CSCS is a game changer for what can be accomplished using deep learning.”

Also Read: Ignore The Financials, MSFT Stock Is Headed Higher : Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)

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Dec 15, 2016

Insight: Toro Rosso backer says F1 teams should pay more attention to cyber attacks // F1 News // James Allen on F1 – The official James Allen website on F1

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode, quantum physics

QC and Formula 1 another opportunity and believer.


In the latest of our occasional series of interviews with interesting players behind the scenes in Formula 1 we meet a Russian scientist, who is keeping the Toro Rosso safe from cyber attacks and who has big plans for using quantum computers to create new F1 materials.

Acronis is a data support and protection business that was founded in 2003. It reportedly has five million personal consumers and 500,000 businesses using its technology in over 145 countries and offers services such as cloud security, data back up and recovery support.

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Dec 15, 2016

Cellular Reprogramming Has Been Used to Reverse Ageing in Living Animals for the First Time

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

For the first time, scientists have used cellular reprogramming to reverse the ageing process in living animals, enabling mice with a form of premature ageing to live 30 percent longer than control animals.

The technique involves the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), which lets scientists reprogram skin cells to a base, embryonic-like state. From there, iPSCs can develop into other types of cells in the body – and now researchers have shown that reprogramming cells can also rejuvenate living creatures, in addition to winding back cells.

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Dec 15, 2016

Aging May Be Reversible: Researchers Rejuvenate Older Mice

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

Getting old may not be inevitable — scientists have found a way to turn back the clock on human and animal cells, making them look and behave like younger versions of themselves.

The researchers also used the method to treat mice with a rare disease that causes them to age prematurely and die early, and found that the method increased the animals’ lifespan by 30 percent. And, when normal mice received the treatment, they appeared to be rejuvenated, with some of their cells healing faster than normal in response to injury.

The researchers said that their findings may help scientists better understand the process of aging. One day, it may be possible to use a similar approach to ward off age-related diseases in humans, and thus improve people’s health and increase their lifespan, they said.

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Dec 15, 2016

Rocket AI: 2016’s Most Notorious AI Launch and the Problem with AI Hype – The Mission – Medium

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

It’s 3 AM on a warm Thursday night in December, a usually quiet street in the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona is bustling with activity, as a cohort of 200 artificial intelligence researchers leave in single-file out of a sprawling yellow mansion. The police count heads as the researchers film the procession on their phones and tweet #rocketai.

The guest list looked like the results of a search for most popular AI authors on arXiv. Every major corporate and academic AI lab was in attendance — Google DeepMind, Open AI, Facebook AI Research, Google Brain, Stanford University, MIT, U of Montreal, as well as a multitude of other AI start-ups and investors from around the world — all in town for the 30th annual NIPS conference.

NIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems) has become the academic and industry AI conference, growing near-exponentially over the past decade as corporate sponsors fight to keep the loyalty of their engineers and aggressively recruit others. Corporates plan months in advance to parade their capital expenditure and technical talent. Tickets for the main conference, despite nearly doubling in quantity since last year, sold out more than 6 weeks before the event.

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Dec 15, 2016

Autonomous Wings Could be the Future of Aviation

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Scientists at NASA are designing airplane wings that can change shape mid-flight. Much like a bird’s feathers, the wings would move autonomously giving the pilot an incredible amount of control in the air.

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Dec 15, 2016

Rejuvenating the Mitochondria

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

Dr. Matthew O’Connor from the SENS Research Foundation gives a fascinating talk about this years successful results of the mitochondrial repair project (MitoSENS) and the potential for repairing age-related damage to the mitochondria that SENS proposes. 2017 could be an even better year for progress, please consider donating to the SRF Winter Fundraiser and help them make age-related disease a thing of the past.


Please take a few minutes to watch SENS Research Foundation’s Matthew O’Connor give a Google TechTalk during Google’s Giving Week campaign. The topic is his recently published article on our MitoSENS Research. If you enjoy this presentation and support our work please go to our website and donate today. Your support is critical to our success. You can donate at www.sens.org/donate

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