Dirac electrons found in unique material

In a discovery that helps clear a new path toward quantum computers, University of Michigan physicists have found elusive Dirac electrons in a superconducting material. Quantum computers use atoms themselves to perform processing and memory tasks. They promise dramatic increases in computing power because of their ability to carry out scores of calculations at once. …

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Elon Musk Talks about Interstellar Travel

New Scientist – Elon Musk talked about getting to Alpha Centauri (4 light years away). With a nuclear thermal rocket you could definitely reach a tenth of the speed of light. It would take 40 years, though [to reach Alpha Centauri], which is a long time. You’d have to start off not too old if …

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Giant Robotic Mining Trucks reduce staff from 10 to 5 per truck

IBTimes – Mining giant BHP will pilot test the use of robot trucks at ts Jimblebar iron ore mine in Pilbara. The company will use by late 2013 between 12 and 15 automated Caterpillar trucks, BHP head of Iron Ore and Coal Marcus Randolph disclosed. By trying the robot trucks, BHP would follow rival Rio …

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