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May 4, 2016

If Something Is Going To Destroy Humanity, It’s Going To Be One Of These Catastrophes

Posted by in categories: asteroid/comet impacts, climatology, existential risks, sustainability

Pandemics, asteroids, nuclear war, and sudden, destructive climate change are all unlikely—but not so unlikely that we shouldn’t be planning for them.

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May 4, 2016

Breaking down brain barriers to fight cancer

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience


Neurosurgeons using lasers to treat brain cancer have discovered the technique breaks down the blood-brain barrier, a finding that could potentially lead to new treatment options for the deadly disease. Ben Gruber reports.

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May 4, 2016

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn’t Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Orzell’s response to Siegel’s blog about breaking quantum entanglement and slowing down quantum communications — Orzell highlights some of the problems with Siegel’s statement about how quantum entanglement can be broken via two opposing states. The problem with Siegel’s statement is not with the breaking of entanglement slows down quantum communications; Orzell’s concern is with the details that Siegel describes in how it happens is the problem according to Orzell. Orzell highlights that the 2 state’s that Siegel shares as details to why and how the breakage occurs are not close enough by definition to make the argument valid because one is only a measurement while the other is the actual changing of state followed by a measurement.

Quantum entanglement is one of the weirdest and coolest phenomena in physics, but it’s absolutely not a method for sending messages faster than light, for subtle and complicated reasons.

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May 4, 2016

IBM’s Quantum Experience brings quantum computing to the masses via the cloud

Posted by in categories: computing, information science, quantum physics

Hmmm; my verdict is out for now because I haven’t seen anything showing me that IBM is a real player in this space.

IBM is bringing quantum computing to a device near you by delivering its IBM Quantum Experience through the IBM Cloud. The platform is part of IBM’s Research Frontiers Institute and could be a data scientist’s newest tool and a data junkie’s dream come true.

The platform is available on any desktop or mobile device. The tech allows users to “run algorithms and experiments on IBM’s quantum processor, work with the individual quantum bits (qubits), and explore tutorials and simulations around what might be possible with quantum computing,” the press release noted.

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May 4, 2016

IBM Quantum Computing To Accelerate Cloud Innovation

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, supercomputing

Hmmm; my verdict is out for now.

IBM Quantum Computing Scientist Jay Gambetta uses a tablet to interact with the IBM Quantum Experience, the world’s first quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud at IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown, NY.

On Wednesday, May 4, for the first time ever, IBM is making quantum computing available via the cloud to anyone interested in hands-on access to an IBM quantum processor, making it easier for researchers and the scientific community to accelerate innovations, and help discover new applications for this technology. This is the beginning of the quantum age of computing and the latest advance from IBM towards building a universal quantum computer. A universal quantum computer, once built, will represent one of the greatest milestones in the history of information technology and has the potential to solve certain problems we couldn’t solve, and will never be able to solve, with today’s classical computers. (Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM)

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May 4, 2016

Why Machine Vision Is Flawed in the Same Way as Human Vision

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

AI you’re only as good as the eye of your creator.

Humans and machines both use neural networks for object and face recognition. Now evidence is emerging that both types of vision are flawed in the same way.

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May 4, 2016

Unique nano-capsules promise the targeted drug delivery

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, physics

Gotta luv this.

An international team of researchers including the Lomonosov Moscow State University physicists has developed a completely new type of drug carrier for targeted delivery to the sick organ — the gel nano-capsules with a double shell. The results of the study were published in Scientific Reports.

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May 4, 2016

Kiel’s Researchers Explore Nanostructure of Animal Cells

Posted by in category: nanotechnology

Results are in from a study on the similarities and differences of the nanostructure surfaces.

There is a clear difference between a snake’s skin and moth’s eyes. Scientists at Kiel University have developed a new technique that brings this so-called ‘apples and oranges’ to a common level. This unique approach has given way to an entirely new and comparative outlook on biological surfaces, and provides a better understanding of how these surfaces actually work.

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May 4, 2016

UAE Plans to Build an Artificial Mountain to Change the Weather

Posted by in category: futurism

The next logical step after cloud seeding.

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May 4, 2016

Molecular Scanner

Posted by in categories: electronics, food

This Star Trek-like ‘tricorder’ can help you understand what things are made of.

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