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#Australians #researchers have built a better #qubit – #quantumcomputer #tech #innovation

  Qubits, the unit of information used by quantum computers, make use of a phenomenon known as “superposition” wherein they can exist in two separate quantum states simultaneously. Theoretically, they’d enable computers to perform a variety of tasks far faster than conventional desktops by performing simultaneous computations in parallel. The problem is that qubits tend to be very unstable which prevents the information the contain from being read. However, a team of researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia may have finally tamed the elusive qubit. They’ve coerced one into remaining stable for ten times as long as normal qubits. “We have created a new quantum bit where the spin of a single electron is merged together with a strong electromagnetic field,” Arne Laucht, a Research Fellow at UNSW, said in a statement. “This quantum bit is more versatile and more long-lived than the electron alone, and will allow us to build more reliable quantum computers.” Source: https://www.engadget.com/2016/11/08/australians-researchers-have-built-a-better-qubit/  ...

Owner of #Chinese News Aggregator #Toutiao Seeks $10 Billion Valuation – #Tech #Innovation

Parent company Bytedance is aiming to buck a trend of slowdown in start-up invesment.The owner of Toutiao, a popular news aggregation app in China, is seeking a valuation of more than $10 billion, bucking a trend of slowing investment in the start-up industry, the Wall Street Journal reports.The app’s parent company, Beijing Bytedance Technology, seeks to raise about $1 billion in its latest round, according to the Journal. The fresh valuation marks rapid progress for the company, which was worth only $500 million in 2014.It also indicates an uptick in start-up backing; venture capital investment in the industry fell 14% to $24.1 billion globally in the third quarter, the Journal reports, the lowest for that quarter since 2014. Source: Owner of Chinese News Aggregator Toutiao Seeks $10 Billion...

New works by Canberra region artist Michael Taylor at Nancy Sever Gallery show an enduring talent

Michael Taylor: New Paintings  Nancy Sever Gallery, 4/6 Kennedy Street, Kingston Closes November 20, Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm Michael Taylor, who is fresh from acclaim at the survey exhibition of 50 years of his art at the Canberra Museum and Gallery that only closed last month, is now presenting a large new exhibition of recent paintings that have been executed over the past two years. Aged in his early 80s, Taylor remains compulsive, prolific and works with unbridled energy. This show is what could be termed an “unedited exhibition”, with a number of striking and very successful pieces – and a few that could be best left unexhibited. Compared with the exhibition that Taylor held in this gallery last year, in palette, mood and temperament this is a darker exhibition that favours murky blues and blacks with only a few rays of sunlight. He works primarily with dark colours on a light pink ground so that the forms frequently vibrate with nervous energy and dance across the surface of the painting, radiating with a halo-like appearance. Source: New works by Canberra region artist Michael Taylor at Nancy Sever Gallery show an enduring...

#Australia ‘s looking for aliens now, joining the #StephenHawking backed Breakthrough Listen project

“We’re trying to tune in to about one billion radio stations, if you like.” The CSIRO Parkes radiotelescope is joining the hunt for alien life. If “the truth is out there,” Australia is going to help find it. On Tuesday, the Parkes radio telescope in western New South Wales joined the Stephen Hawking-backed Breakthrough Listen project, which scours the universe for alien life. Along with the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia and the Automated Planet Finder at Lick Observatory in California, the telescope will help survey galaxies close to our own for extraterrestrials. Its first task on Monday night? Taking a look at the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri that could have a promising planet in its orbit Source: Australia’s looking for aliens now, as it should...

#WomenCrossings #EBCouncil Spotlight – Dr. Shawne Duperon @ShawneTV

Dr. Shawne Duperon Before giving the official introduction to Shawne, let me tell you how we first met. It was our convergence that led to me meeting Teresa.It was just after she launched her Project Forgive. I had a project by the same name (Project:Forgive) at that time sparked by my father’s death and our unresolved issues. She had gotten some media coverage that mistakenly included my website link in her article. It just so happened that this occurred while I was away celebrating our wedding anniversary so I wasn’t really checking messages. But something made me check in and I got hers.I did a quick summary blog post about her project and included a link back to her site. For me that was an easy call because after learning about it I felt hopeful and inspired. She and her team were very grateful and I heard from several people thanking me. Shawne and Teresa actually wanted to speak and connect with me. (That’s when I was first invited to an EBC event.) We connected on LinkedIn and Facebook but it wasn’t until the August (2016) EBC Retreat that I really understood how much we have in common. She became even more of an inspiration.Watching her coach people on stage during the retreat was awesome because was a profound mix of tough love and genuine compassion. She is truly a force for good. Source: #WomenCrossings #EBCouncil Spotlight – Dr. Shawne...

#Somethinggood could actually come from #Samsung ‘s battery disaster

Most accidents caused by smartphones are caused by distracted drivers or pedestrians. But a phone that bursts into flames – as Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7s have been doing – comes with the scariness of uncertainty, especially when these fires take place in airplane cabins.From the publicly available information, it doesn’t seem that Samsung knows the actual technicalities of the problem, and external experts know even less. This uncertainty could cause consumer confidence to wobble, which makes it vital for the whole industry to identify and fix the problem as quickly as possible. In the meantime, Samsung has warned the debacle could cost the company more than £2 billion over the next six months, on top of the costs of recalling millions of handsets.The sheer scale of the problem could, however, be a unique opportunity to improve battery safety across the industry for the future. If Samsung made its faulty batteries available to researchers, it could effectively crowd-source work into why they went wrong. This would provide much-needed insight into how batteries and their manufacture could be improved. Source: Something good could actually come from Samsung’s battery...

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