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

Please follow and like us:   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

Please follow and like us: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

Please follow and like us: 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

Please follow and like us:“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

Please follow and like us: 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

Please follow and like us: 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...

#Diamonds Show Flaws In #Civil #Society Approach To #TheGulf | Huffington Post

Please follow and like us:What do football and diamonds have in common? At best, both are “beautiful”. Football is often called “the beautiful game”. At worst, both are by-words for corruption, abuses and malfeasance. Both have also brought international scrutiny to countries in the Gulf and in situations where large sums of money are at stake.Qatar is under pressure to reform employment law and practices to address workers’ rights due to abuses uncovered during the construction of World Cup infrastructure in preparation for hosting the competition in 2022. The UAE (and especially Dubai) has attracted criticism of governance standards at its diamond trading exchange. This is pertinent as this year it chairs the Kimberley Process (KP), that certifies rough diamonds as being from conflict-free areas. Much of this scrutiny, criticism and pressure has come from international non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Amnesty International and others have highlighted abuses in Qatar, while Partnership Africa Canada (PAC), which dominates the KP Civil Society Coalition (CSC), is leading a boycott of the UAE’s chairmanship. While less known than Amnesty International, PAC is a well-established Ottawa-based NGO that concentrates on building developing world NGOs focused upon rights and ethics in the natural resource sectors.As Qatar, the UAE and other Gulf countries engage in greater depth with the international community and achieve milestones in that engagement, they will come under increased scrutiny from international NGOs. The football World Cup will be the largest sporting event ever held in the region. Dubai has emerged as a major diamond trading centre in the past five years and is the first Arab country to chair the KP. Gulf countries...

#Researchers stumble upon process to turn CO2 into #ethanol | Inhabitat – #GreenDesign, #Innovation, Architecture, #GreenBuilding

Please follow and like us:While governments around the world continue the long, hard work of regulating away the future use of fossil fuels, scientists have discovered how to remove carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere. Researchers at the Oak Ridge Laboratory unexpectedly discovered a chemical reaction that converts carbon dioxide into ethanol. This discovery was made as the researchers attempted to uncover a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into fuel. As it turned out, the first step in this series of reactions was quite enough to make it happen. The resultant ethanol is a cleaner fuel that could be used power generators or vehicles. Source: Researchers stumble upon process to turn CO2 into ethanol | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green...

Glowing concert hall is a symphony of visual and audio #design

Please follow and like us:When you’re one of the world’s top symphony orchestras, it’s only right that you should play in one of the world’s best concert halls. That was the basis upon which MAD Architects worked when designing a new translucent, glowing, lotus-flower-inspired home for the China Philharmonic Orchestra.The China Philharmonic Concert Hall isn’t the first concert hall MAD has created, or, indeed, its first in China. Last year, the Harbin Opera House was completed in the northeast of the country. Covering 850,000 sq ft (78,967 sq m), its undulating form full of organic curves is recognizable as a MAD design.With the China Philharmonic Concert Hall, we see another common element of MAD’s vernacular, in the form of large transparent or translucent expanses. The building is enveloped by a huge, opaque façade.MAD tells New Atlas that the façade is formed of ceramic fritted glass, with 90 percent opaqueness and light transmission of 60-70 percent. This will allow light to flow in and fill the building during the day, reducing the potential for overheating and the need for artificial lighting. At night, its translucency will make the structure “light up as a lantern.”Located in the Central Business District of Beijing, the 11,600-sq m (124,900-sq ft) building is designed to be a state-of-the-art concert hall home for the orchestra, but also to be a calm sanctuary for its visitors. MAD likens the façade to a piece of jade emerging from the ground and suggests that entering the building will be like entering an installation of light and space.”We wanted to create a pure and sacred oasis in the midst of...

This Quirky #Cat #Artist Is Hosting a Cat Party Where People Can Dress Like #Cats | TIME

Please follow and like us: The soundtrack from Cats will playSuZen, a muralist and noted cat lover in New York City, is taking her passion for felines even more public by hosting a dedicated “Cat Purrrty” this month, the “first annual purrrty for cat lovers.” The artist is known for a longstanding mural in Times Square (it’s been up since 1984) —and for her prolific cat-centric art works, from a book documenting the love story of her two pets Sushi and Sashimi, to her design for the “JacCAT,” an Indiegogo-funded jacket that recreates a feline silhouette on its front.At the Cat Purrrty on September 28 — which SuZen plans to host in the Westbeth Community Space in Manhattan’s iconic Greenwich Village — attendees will listen to a carefully curated playlist of cat-focused tunes, DNAInfo reports (so that would include tracks like “What’s New, Pussycat?” and music from the soundtrack of Cats). There will also be cat ears available to wear, and a face painter “specializing in whiskers and noses” to help guests get fully into cat character. Source: This Quirky Cat Artist Is Hosting a Cat Party Where People Can Dress Like Cats |...
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