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My top 5 ‘new’ Python modules of 2015

As I’ve been blogging a lot more about Python over the last year, I thought I’d list a few of my favourite ‘new’ Python modules from 2015. These …

Python Programming
Python Programming

The Superconductor That Works at Earth Temperature - MIT Technology Review

The world of superconductivity is in uproar. Last year, Mikhail Eremets and a couple of pals from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, …

Physics

NSA Says It “Must Act Now” Against the Quantum Computing Threat - MIT Technology Review

The National Security Agency did a surprising thing last August – it suddenly declared that the algorithms it had spent a decade telling the world …

Quantum Computing

The Tiny Startup Racing Google to Build a Quantum Computing Chip - MIT Technology Review

The airy Berkeley office space of startup Rigetti Computing boasts three refrigerators—but only one of them stores food.<p>The other two use liquid …

Quantum Computing

Scientists Who Tracked Down Sneaky Neutrinos Win Nobel Physics Prize

They travel through water, rock and even solid metal, and they’re passing through your body right now. Neutrinos are everywhere — second only to photons in terms of how common they are across the universe.<p>And they were, for a while, masters of disguise, switching their “flavors” and fooling …

Physics

Acoustic 'Tractor Beam' Levitates Objects Using Ultrasound

Researchers in Europe have developed a "tractor beam" made of sound waves, but don't expect any Star Trek-style starship towing just yet. Asier Marzo, a Ph.D. student at the Public University of Navarre, worked with professors from the Universities of Sussex and Bristol to produce what they call an …

Particles

LHC Experiment Hints at Possibility of New Particle

The biggest particle accelerator in the world might have found a hint of an entirely new fundamental particle — or it might be seeing ghosts.<p>But even if it turns out to be nothing, particle physicists have written a spate of studies to coincide with the new experimental results, proposing different …

Physics

Tangled Up in Entanglement

No area of physics causes more confusion, not just among the general public but also among physicists, than quantum mechanics. On the one hand, it’s the source of New Age mythology, and has enabled hucksters to peddle new self-help cures; on the other, for the philosophically inclined, it has …

Quantum Mechanics

Physicist Tweets Rumor That Gravitational Waves May Have Finally Been Detected

If true, the discovery would support one of Einstein's major predictions.<p>In September, the Arizona State University theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss tweeted:<p>The folks on the LIGO experiment neither confirmed nor denied the rumor, and in Krauss's rumor-mongering raised hackles in the …

Scientific method: Statistical errors

P values, the 'gold standard' of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume.<p>For a brief moment in 2010, Matt Motyl was on …

Replication

Physics: Quantum computer quest

After a 30-year struggle to harness quantum weirdness for computing, physicists finally have their goal in reach.<p>When asked what he likes best about …

Quantum Computing