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Archive for the ‘Science and Technology’ Category

New ‘responsive’ Google Font can shapeshift to match any design

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on July 4, 2017

Google has added its very first ‘parametric’ font that boasts a responsive design which you can easily tweak without almost any limitations.

Source: New ‘responsive’ Google Font can shapeshift to match any design

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Ancient, giant viruses are being unearthed in Arctic ice that’s at risk of melting

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on May 10, 2017

Scientists working in the Arctic circle over the past few decades have unearthed several massive viruses that some say could be re-awakened if the permafrost that imprisons them dissolves.

Recently, some researchers have suggested that these enormous viruses could thaw out, escape, and make lots of people sick. It sounds like something out of a 1990s horror film. But you shouldn’t get too concerned — at least not yet.

The likelihood that these viruses will break free and sicken humans is slim.

Source: Ancient, giant viruses are being unearthed in Arctic ice that’s at risk of melting

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Everything You Need to Know About Nuclear Physics

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on May 10, 2017

Shini from the YouTube series CrashCourse takes a dive into the world of Einstein and nuclear physics.

Source: Everything You Need to Know About Nuclear Physics

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Quantum Computing Demands a Whole New Kind of Programmer

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on May 10, 2017

Quantum computers finally seem to be coming of age with promises of “quantum supremacy” by the end of the year. But there’s a problem—very few people know how to work them. The bold claim of achieving “quantum supremacy” came on the back of Google unveiling a new quantum chip design. The hyperbolic phrase essentially means building a quantum device that can perform a calculation impossible for any conventional computer.

The technology has a major challenge to overcome. Programming these devices is much harder than programming conventional computers.

For a start, building algorithms for these machines requires a certain level of understanding about the quantum physics that gives qubits their special properties. While you don’t need an advanced physics degree to get your head around it, it is a big departure from traditional computer programming.

Source: Quantum Computing Demands a Whole New Kind of Programmer

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Nanofridge could keep quantum computers cool enough to calculate

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on May 10, 2017

Quantum computers need to be kept cool, just like regular computers, but an ordinary fan won’t cut it. A nanofridge that sorts electrons by temperature just might keep it cool enough to allow quantum compute.

Classical computers require built-in fans and other ways to dissipate heat, and quantum computers are no different. Instead of working with bits of information that can be either 0 or 1, as in a classical machine, a quantum computer relies on “qubits”, which can be in both states simultaneously – called a superposition – thanks to the quirks of quantum mechanics. Those qubits must be shielded from all external noise, since the slightest interference will destroy the superposition, resulting in calculation errors. Well-isolated qubits heat up easily, so keeping them cool is a challenge.

Over time the process has a selective chilling effect on the electrons as well: the hotter electrons jump the gap, while the cooler ones are left behind. The process removes heat from the system, much like how a refrigerator functions.

Source: Nanofridge could keep quantum computers cool enough to calculate | New Scientist

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MIT physicists have found a brand new way to unleash graphene’s superconductive power

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on May 10, 2017

 Physicists have found a new way to turn ‘wonder material’ graphene into a ridiculously powerful superconductor, capable of shuttling electricity with zero resistance.

That’s important, because if we could find a way to achieve superconductivity at room temperature, it would lead to vastly more efficient electronic devices, not to mention power lines. Right now, energy companies are losing about 7 percent of their energy as heat as a result of resistance in the grid.

In the latest study, physicists from MIT took a flake of graphene and sandwiched it between aluminium, which behaves like a superconductor at low temperatures.

Source: MIT physicists have found a brand new way to unleash graphene’s superconductive power – ScienceAlert

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Stunning image of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno spacecraft is simply out of this world — except it’s not

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on May 10, 2017

The filagree of atmospheric patterns at Jupiter’s south pole bears an eerie resemblance to a phenomenon here on Earth

Source: This stunning image of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno spacecraft is simply out of this world — except it’s not

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Getting to Grips With Time Crystals. What is That Really?

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on May 10, 2017

You may or may not have heard that there’s a new phase of matter been discovered and it’s called a time crystal. A team of UC Berkley physicists made the discovery last year and since t…

Source: Getting to Grips With Time Crystals. What is That Really? | TrendinTech

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What if we’re living in a computer simulation? | Technology | The Guardian

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on April 24, 2017

Virtual reality technology is making great advances, but it has also helped popularise a theory long debated by philosophers and now gaining supporters in Silicon Valley – that the outside world is itself a simulation

Source: What if we’re living in a computer simulation? | Technology | The Guardian

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Article: Physicists observe ‘negative mass’

Posted by Venkatt Guhesan on April 20, 2017

Physicists observe ‘negative mass’

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