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[1312.4455] The universe as quantum computer

Abstract: This article reviews the history of digital computation, and investigates just how far the concept of computation can be taken. In …

NSA Reportedly Paid A Security Firm Millions To Ship Deliberately Flawed Encryption Technology

Today Reuters reported that the NSA paid RSA, a security company and subsidiary of EMC, $10 million to use a flawed random generator technology as the “preferred” option in its BSafe software, increasing its popularity.<p>In September of this year, the New York Times reported that the NSA was working …

Viewpoint: Sharing Entanglement without Sending It

December 4, 2013• <i>Physics</i> 6, 132<p>Three new experiments demonstrate how entanglement can be shared between distant parties without the need of an …

Quantum Physics

Metamaterials offer route to room-temperature superconductivity

A new way of making high-temperature superconductors that is based on metamaterials has been proposed by physicists in the US. Their plan involves …

Will 2-D Tin be the Next Super Material?

<i>Menlo Park, Calif.</i> — A single layer of tin atoms could be the world’s first material to conduct electricity with 100 percent efficiency at the …

Viewpoint: A SQUID Analog with a Bose-Einstein Condensate

November 11, 2013• <i>Physics</i> 6, 123<p>Macroscopic quantum effects in Bose-Einstein condensates permit new kinds of ultrasensitive detectors.<p>Adapted …

Quantum Physics

Stanford scientists create a durable, low-cost water splitter made of silicon and nickel

November 14, 2013<p>Stanford researchers have developed an inexpensive device that uses light to split water into oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen. The …

Elon Musk thinks hydrogen cars are 'bullshit'

Tesla co-founder dismisses hydrogen fuel cells as 'a marketing thing' during speech to employees<p>Elon Musk does not think highly of hydrogen fuel cell cars. The entrepreneur and Tesla Motors co-founder discussed the technology during a recent speech to employees and customers at a Tesla service …

IBM unveils computer fed by 'electronic blood'

<b>IBM has unveiled a prototype of a new brain-inspired computer powered by what it calls "electronic blood".</b><p>The firm says it is learning from nature by building computers fuelled and cooled by a liquid, like our minds.<p>The human brain packs phenomenal computing power into a tiny space and uses only 20 …

Quantum Computing

New kind of microscope uses neutrons

Researchers at MIT, working with partners at NASA, have developed a new concept for a microscope that would use neutrons — subatomic particles with …

Focus

October 4, 2013• <i>Physics</i> 6, 108<p>A proposed experiment would trap atoms in a nanoscale magnetic field pattern produced by a superconductor—an …

Quantum Physics