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A Big Step Toward a Silicon Quantum Computer

A Big Step Toward a Silicon Quantum Computer | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

Quantum computers could more easily become a reality if they incorporated the silicon semiconductor processing used by the modern electronics industry. Physicists in Australia have recently taken a new step toward that vision by reading and writing the nuclear spin state of a single phosphorus atom implanted in silicon.

In a breakthrough reported in the 18 April edition of the journal Nature, physicists have finally achieved an idea first proposed in 1998 by Bruce Kane, a physicist at theUniversity of Maryland, in College Park. Such success could lead to quantum computers based on the same silicon-processing technology used for computer chips.


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Can physics predict the Tour de France winners?

Can physics predict the Tour de France winners? | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

Is it possible to predict how individuals will perform before the teamwork begins? Research by former cyclist Hugh Trenchard and others suggests that the mathematics of pelotons– the groups and bunches that cyclists form during a race – could be key to understanding how cyclists behave as a collective entity.
While these collective dynamics may not tell us who will win the Tour de France, they do have broader applications to a variety of other biological systems. Here, Trenchard tells us more about his research, and how it might even provide some clues to the origin of life.

 

http://www.elsevier.com/connect/can-physics-predict-the-tour-de-france-winners


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Don't get your money out just yet.

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Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants

Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The biologist Deborah Gordon has uncovered how ant colonies search efficiently without central organization, an insight that might improve computer networks
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Algorithms that work.

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Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle - BBC News

Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle - BBC News | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.
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Wow - science is on fire today - pentaquark found - so that's a quark together with quawk, caw, croak and squawk maybe!

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BBC micro:bit aims to turn children from digital consumers into digital creators

BBC micro:bit aims to turn children from digital consumers into digital creators | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Micro:bit has a parallel in the Model B, which the BBC launched in the 1980s.
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Back to the future with a great initiative ..... I'm sure I kept my BBC BASIC user manual somewhere!

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Lifting the Veil on Pluto's Atmosphere - Space.com - Space.com

Lifting the Veil on Pluto's Atmosphere - Space.com - Space.com | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Does Pluto really have baby snowflakes and ice volcanoes? New Horizons team members weigh in.
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Just when you thought it was a big rock flying around out there - are you ready for New Horizons? 

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Soundproofing with quantum physics

Soundproofing with quantum physics | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Sebastian Huber and his colleagues show that the road from abstract theory to practical applications needn't always be very long. Their mechanical implementation of a quantum mechanical phenomenon could soon be used for soundproofing purposes.
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Quantum .... mechanics!

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A Computer Just Came Up With a Scientific Theory

A Computer Just Came Up With a Scientific Theory | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

Big data—and big processing power—is a big deal for science. By crunching massive amounts of data billions of times faster than could be done by hand, computers have allowed scientists to discover faraway planets, unravel our genetic code, and even find the subatomic particle responsible for gravity. But imagine a future in which computers don't just use their awesome power to help scientists. Imagine a future in which computer can come up with useful scientific ideas and hypotheses all on their own.

Well, that just happened. As they report in the science journal PLOS, Michael Levin and Daniel Lobo, two computer scientists/biologists at Tufts University, have programed a computer that independently created its own scientific theory. It's one that may solve a 120-year-old mystery in biology that has eluded even our best explanations: exactly how the genes of a sliced-up flatworm conduct its symphony of cells when they regenerate into new organisms.


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Now that's what I call big data analytics - and, yes, its a flatworm!

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Reality doesn’t exist until we measure it, quantum experiment confirms

Reality doesn’t exist until we measure it, quantum experiment confirms | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Australian scientists have recreated a famous experiment and confirmed quantum physics's bizarre predictions about the nature of reality, by proving that reality doesn't actually exist until we measure it - at least, not on the very small scale....
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I can't but think we just don't understand this stuff properly yet. Yes we have the smoke and mirrors - sorry - particles and waves, but there is a nagging doubt still. This post doesn't exist until you read it - but it does doesn't it! 

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Riddle of comet dust delivered back to Earth - Sen.com

Riddle of comet dust delivered back to Earth - Sen.com | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
While the Rosetta space probe studies one comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, like never before, other scientists around the world have been busy examining fragments from another, Comet Wild-2.
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Game of stones!

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How exclusive 'laser shock peening' technology is improving aircraft reliability and lifetime

How exclusive 'laser shock peening' technology is improving aircraft reliability and lifetime | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists have long sought to improve human life through lasers—otherwise known as "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"—since Albert Einstein first established the theoretical foundation for them in 1917.
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Need some of that on my van! Tip - if you do quote the technique make sure your spellchecker doesn't lose the 'n'.

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IBM's Watson supercomputer strives to be jack of all trades

IBM's Watson supercomputer strives to be jack of all trades | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Watson already has won a major TV game show, is looking for a cure for cancer and has ambitious gastronomy ambitions including devising a recipe for chocolate-beef burritos.
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Will soon be taking over from Sherlock by the sound of things!

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Dark Matter May Feel a “Dark Force” That the Rest of the Universe Does Not

Dark Matter May Feel a “Dark Force” That the Rest of the Universe Does Not | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Astronomers watching galaxies collide found evidence of nongravitational forces that could suggest dark matter interacts with itself
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A 5th force again - maybe ;)

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Pluto’s Breathtaking Farewell to New Horizons

Pluto’s Breathtaking Farewell to New Horizons | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft around midnight EDT on July 15.
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You don't see that every day!

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Pluto's vast icy plains and gentle hills emerge in new images

Pluto's vast icy plains and gentle hills emerge in new images | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Data from New Horizons mission show a geologically active world on the Solar System's fringes.
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To Infinity and Beyond!

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Scientists get their last look at Pluto's mysterious dark spots

Scientists get their last look at Pluto's mysterious dark spots | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The closer the New Horizons spacecraft gets to Pluto, the more puzzling the dwarf planet becomes.
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Didn't realise he was a dalmatian in disguise!  Tomorrow's the day.

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More data, no problem

More data, no problem | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists are ready to handle the increased data of the current run of the Large Hadron Collider.
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Dare I call this 'Big Analytics' .....

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Philae comet could be home to alien life, say top scientists

Philae comet could be home to alien life, say top scientists | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Astronomers say features of comet landed on by spacecraft in November, such as black crust and icy lakes, suggest living micro-organisms beneath surface
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The sensational feat of engineering, indeed it was, and maybe there's more! 

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Is the universe ringing like a crystal glass?

Is the universe ringing like a crystal glass? | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Many know the phrase "the big bang theory." There's even a top television comedy series with that as its title. According to scientists, the universe began with the "big bang" and expanded to the size it is today.
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Ringermacher (and Mead) propose the 'ringing' universe - who would have put money on that?

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Misleading reporting is damaging scientific research

Misleading reporting is damaging scientific research | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
It is essential that scientific research findings can be reproduced independently. But, warn Oscar Flórez-Vargas and Michael Bramhall, this is often not possible.
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Precisely why you have to inject some REAL scientific analysis into 'big data', 'data science', 'analytics'.

 

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Quantum leaps

Quantum leaps | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Data may be king, but new research by the Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems means we may soon see a coup.
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Quantum Operating Systems next - I name them Qu-DOS ;)

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Physicist puts Nobel prize medal up for auction

Physicist puts Nobel prize medal up for auction | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Leon Lederman, 92, won prize for physics in 1988 for discovering a subatomic particle called the muon neutrino Continue reading...
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Calling the American Institute of Physics - please buy this - it's your country's history!

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Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard

Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
What every beginner absolutely needs to know about the journey ahead

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A hero's journey - don't forget at the end of the day its only a toolbox - having a problem to solve is what keeps you going ;)

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Biologist advances cancer research with new data analysis techniques

Biologist advances cancer research with new data analysis techniques | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Patience and persistence are beginning to pay off for University of Montana Professor Mark Grimes, whose research about the behavior of cell proteins in childhood cancer recently was published by the Public Library of Science Computational Biology.
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Proper 'analytics'!

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Physicists discover quantum-mechanical monopoles

Physicists discover quantum-mechanical monopoles | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Researchers at Aalto University (Finland) and Amherst College have observed a point-like monopole in a quantum field itself for the first time. This discovery connects to important characteristics of the elusive monopole magnet.
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The search for the end of a magnet but not the end of the search!

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