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What Sorts Of Problems Are Quantum Computers Good For?

A couple of weeks ago, the APS’s <i>Physics</i> ran a piece titled Traveling with a Quantum Salesman, about a quantum computing approach to the famous “Traveling Salesman” problem. I saw the headline, and immediately thought “Oh, yeah, of course that would be a good problem for a quantum computer…”<p>The …

Quantum Computing

The Intricacies of Quantum Mechanics Explained in 5 Minutes Using Ducks

Exurb1a has created a new amusing video where he takes a <i>quack</i> at explaining the intricacies of quantum mechanics in 5 minutes using ducks.<p>What a …

While Trump tweets out insults, Obama publishes an article about clean energy in a scientific journal.

In the piece, which appeared in Science on Monday, the president outlines four reasons that “the trend toward clean energy is irreversible”:<p><b>1.</b> …

Clean Technology

The 7-Minute Workout That Science Says Actually Works

By now you've probably heard about the Scientific 7-Minute Workout that blew up a few years ago. If not, allow us to fill you in.<p>A recent study laid …

Quantum Theory as an Emergent Phenomenon

Quantum Theory as an Emergent Phenomenon: The Statistical Mechanics of Matrix Models as the Precursor of Quantum Field Theory<p>Cambridge University …

How quantum entanglement in DNA synchronizes double-strand breakage by type II restriction endonucleases.

2016 Feb 21;391:102-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2015.11.018. Epub 2015 Dec 10.<p>1National Human Genome Center, Howard University College of Medicine, …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists Discover Mutated Fish That Have Become 8,000 Times More Resistant to Toxic Waste

The future of fish.<p>Researchers have discovered that a fish living off the east coast of the US has evolved to be 8,000 times more resilient to toxic …

The Greatest Science Books of 2016

From the sound of spacetime to time travel to the microbiome, by way of polar bears, dogs, and trees.<p>I have long believed that E.B. White’s abiding wisdom on children’s books — <i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”</i> — is equally true of …

Books

Physics, photosynthesis and solar cells

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (http://www.ucr.edu) — A University of California, Riverside assistant professor has combined photosynthesis and physics to make a …

Get Involved in the World's Biggest Quantum Physics Experiment Happening Right Now

What could be the world’s largest quantum physics experiment is happening today, 30 November 2016, and researchers need people from all over the …

This Classic Physics Experiment Could Finally Reveal The Long-Awaited 'Theory of Everything'

New physics is on the horizon.<p>An iconic physics experiment used to demonstrate the strange properties of the quantum world is now even stranger than …

Scientists create live animals from artificial eggs in 'remarkable' breakthrough

Artificial eggs have been grown in a petri dish for the first time, and used to create living animals in a breakthrough hailed as 'remarkable' by British experts.<p>Scientists in Japan proved it is possible to take tissue cells from the tail of a mouse, reprogramme them as stem cells and then turn …

Bioengineering

Quantum Teleportation Across The Dark Web

Quantum teleportation brings to mind <i>Star Trek</i>‘s transporter, where crew members are disassembled in one location to be reassembled in another. Real quantum teleportation is a much more subtle effect where information is transferred between entangled quantum states. It’s a quantum trick that could …

Quantum Mechanics

Physicist explains why time travel isn't possible - Futurity

In a new book, physicist Richard Muller answers the question: Why does the arrow of time flow inexorably toward the future, constantly creating new …

Physics

Patch that delivers drug, gene, and light-based therapy to tumor sites shows promising results - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Approximately one in 20 people will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime, making it the third-most prevalent form of the disease in the U.S. …

New discoveries about photosynthesis may lead to solar cells of the future - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

For the first time, researchers have successfully measured in detail the flow of solar energy, in and between different parts of a photosynthetic …

Learn to Create D3.js Data Visualizations by Example

D3.js is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. D3 helps you bring data to life using HTML, SVG, and CSS.There are only three …

Hydroelectric dams kill insects, wreak havoc with food webs - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences.<p>Hydropower dams generate more energy than all …

New tool brings personalized medicine closer - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Scientists from EPFL and ETHZ have developed a powerful tool for exploring and determining the inherent biological differences between individuals, …

This artificial stingray has a gold skeleton and light-activated rat muscles

Mimicking nature’s most elegant designs has become a popular method for creating equally elegant robots (close, anyway) — but using nature’s raw materials, too? That’s what researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have done, creating a tiny light-controlled stingray with a solid gold skeleton that …

White House Gives $55 Million to Build Genetic Database

The Obama Administration is giving out $55 million to a collection of hospitals and companies to uncover links between a person’s genome and disease. …

How the Science of CRISPR Can Change Your Genes

One of the most exciting breakthroughs in science is here. CRISPR is a new technology that can edit DNA with remarkable precision, and it has the …

Leaping eels and manipulative babies: What you may have missed in science this week

<b>You probably didn’t know moss was this cool.</b><p>Yes, that moss — the kind that grows on trees. It can thrive in the harshest environments, with very few obvious sources of water.<p>A recent study took a closer look at moss’s survival system — specifically its upside-down water collection strategy. …

Biology

Watch this short Sci-Fi movie with a script written by an AI

You know when you just keep pressing the predictive text button on your mobile phone and the sentence just starts making less and less sense? Well, that type of functionality isn’t just for absurdist poetry, you know; the team behind Sunspring used the same technology — an LSTM Neural network, to …

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Quantum Mechanics