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Jan 28, 2020

Ways to Live Forever

Posted by in category: life extension

Jan 28, 2020

Quantum computing talent war: JPMorgan Chase poaches a top IBM exec

Posted by in categories: business, computing, economics, finance, information science, quantum physics

Editor’s note: Geoff Woollacott is Senior Strategy Consultant and Principal Analyst at Technology Business Research. IBM and NC State are coperating on quantum computing development.

HAMPTON, N.H. – JPMorgan Chase announced on Jan. 22 the hiring of Marco Pistoia from IBM. A 24-year IBM employee with numerous patents to his credit, Pistoia most recently led an IBM team responsible for quantum computing algorithms. Algorithm development will be key to developing soundly engineered quantum computing systems that can deliver the business outcomes enterprises seek at a faster and more accurate pace than current classical computing systems.

A senior hire into a flagship enterprise in the financial services industry is the proverbial canary in the coal mine, as TBR believes such actions suggest our prediction of quantum achieving economic advantage by 2021 remains on target. Quantum executives discuss the three pillars of quantum commercialization as being:

Jan 28, 2020

Clock and TMRCA based on 27 genomes

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Estimates of the clock and TMRCA for 2019-nCoV based on 27 genomes.

Kristian Andersen, Scripps Research

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Jan 28, 2020

DeLorean Comes Clean, Confirms Plan to Produce New DMC 12s

Posted by in categories: law, transportation

Among the hardest games to play, we find the waiting game. The lore of the DeLorean being produced once again has been floating around the watercooler for some time now. Most recently, rumors pointed to 2016 being the return of the DMC 12. However, due to changes in regulations, it would appear as if the revival wouldn’t exactly be legal. Let’s just say that low-volume auto manufacturers have some hurdles to jump over. These regulations would make the hurdles impossible for DeLorean.

That all changed.

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Jan 28, 2020

Method detects defects in 2-D materials for future electronics, sensors

Posted by in categories: materials, particle physics

To further shrink electronic devices and to lower energy consumption, the semiconductor industry is interested in using 2-D materials, but manufacturers need a quick and accurate method for detecting defects in these materials to determine if the material is suitable for device manufacture. Now a team of researchers has developed a technique to quickly and sensitively characterize defects in 2-D materials.

Two-dimensional materials are atomically thin, the most well-known being graphene, a single-atom-thick layer of carbon atoms.

“People have struggled to make these 2-D materials without defects,” said Mauricio Terrones, Verne M. Willaman Professor of Physics, Penn State. “That’s the ultimate goal. We want to have a 2-D material on a four-inch wafer with at least an acceptable number of defects, but you want to evaluate it in a quick way.”

Jan 28, 2020

Synthetic Frogs Challenge Science Class Rite of Passage: ‘It Was a Lot Easier and Didn’t Smell as Bad.’

Posted by in categories: education, science

Reusable models that feel like the real thing are shaking up school labs. Cats are also available.

Jan 28, 2020

Mars: viral photo shows what 7 years on the red planet did to Curiosity rover

Posted by in category: space

A photo comparison from 2012 and 2019 show what Martian weather has done to the Curiosity rover.

Jan 28, 2020

Americans in Wuhan Prepare to Flee Coronavirus—or Weather Outbreak in Isolated City

Posted by in category: health

SHANGHAI—Hundreds of Americans were preparing to fly out of Wuhan, bound for California, as fears grew at the epicenter of China’s health crisis. But more U.S. citizens aren’t leaving, having failed to secure a seat on the single U.S.-bound flight—or decided to ride out the emergency where they are.

A State Department evacuation flight promised relief for a segment of Wuhan’s roughly 1,000 Americans, as a lockdown triggered by a coronavirus outbreak turned the focus to the dangers of contagion and a long quarantine in China’s…

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Jan 28, 2020

NASA selects Axiom Space to build commercial space station segment

Posted by in category: space

NASA has announced that they have selected Axiom Space, an American company headquartered in Houston, Texas, to design, build and launch three large pressurized modules and a large Earth observation window to the International Space Station (ISS).

This partnership between NASA and Axiom is issued under Appendix I of NASA Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships 2 (NextSTEP-2) public-private partnership program witch the agency hopes will help stimulate commercial development of deep space exploration capabilities.

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Jan 27, 2020

US Air Force plane crashes in Taliban-controlled territory in Afghanistan

Posted by in category: military

The chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, Gen. Dave Goldfein, confirmed to CNBC the plane that crashed was an Air Force E-11 military airplane. The plane crashed Monday in territory under Taliban control. Arif Noori, a spokesman for the governor’s office in Ghazni, said fire brigades, security officials and rescue teams were at the scene of the crash.