Molecular magnets closer to application in quantum computing

In a Nature Communications publication, the results of the collaboration between scientists of the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL), the University of Parma, ISIS and the University of Manchester, the (Cr7Ni)2 dimer has been used as a benchmark system to demonstrate the capability of ‘four-dimensional’ inelastic neutron scattering to investigate entanglement between molecular qubits. By utilising high-quality …

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Intelligence ‘networks’ discovered in brain for the first time

Scientists from Imperial College London have identified for the first time two clusters of genes linked to human intelligence. (H/T Futurepundit) Called M1 and M3, these so-called gene networks appear to influence cognitive function – which includes memory, attention, processing speed and reasoning. Crucially, the scientists have discovered that these two networks – which each …

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Algorithmic Intelligence Quotient

I covered the Shane Legg talk on Algorithmic Intelligence Quotient back in 2010. I am revisiting it with a video of the talk and a paper on it. It is important because Shane Legg works in Deepmind and it is how they guided improvement in their algorithms. Measuring universal intelligence: Towards an anytime intelligence test” …

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Safe SIRTUIN activating drugs could be available in five years and effective Sirtuin drugs could help people live to 150 years old

Publishing his work in the prestigious journal Science, David Sinclair of Harvard reports a breakthrough in the development of drugs that can block the aging process. The article is entitled Evidence for a Common Mechanism of SIRT1 Regulation by Allosteric Activators, and reveals how interaction with a single amino acid in the SIRT1 enzyme is …

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Chematica combines seven million chemicals into a complete network of reactions

Northwestern University scientists have connected 250 years of organic chemical knowledge into one giant computer network — a chemical Google on steroids. This “immortal chemist” will never retire and take away its knowledge but instead will continue to learn, grow and share. A decade in the making, the software optimizes syntheses of drug molecules and …

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1200 Megawatt fast reactor approved for Beloyarsk

World Nuclear News – The government of the Sverdlovsk region of Russia has approved the construction of the country’s first BN-1200 fast reactor at the Beloyarsk nuclear power plant. The unit will be built to replace the existing smaller BN-600 reactor at the plant, which is scheduled to be shut down by 2020. The government …

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Major IAA Space Based Solar Power Report

Space Solar Power: The First International Assessment of Space Solar Power: Opportunities, Issues and Potential Pathways Forward (272 pages by the International Academy of Astronautics) In the late 1960s, Dr. Peter Glaser of Arthur D. Little invented a fundamentally new approach to global energy: the Solar Power Satellite (SPS). The basic concept of the SPS …

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IEA reports August world oil (all liquids) supply rose 1 million barrels per day to 89.1 million barrels

International Energy Agency Oil Market report for August, 2011 World oil supply rose by 1.0 mb/d in August, to 89.1 mb/d, with non-OPEC production up by 0.8 mb/d. Rising US and Latin American production offset heavy maintenance and field outages in the North Sea. Non-OPEC supply has been revised lower to 52.8 mb/d in 2011 …

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Hong Kong scientists make great strides in lunar mapping

Surveying experts of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have successfully developed methodologies for precise mapping of the Moon, after intensive analysis of the data captured by the Chinese lunar orbiter ChangE-1 and other lunar exploration missions. The primary objective was to develop the methodologies and techniques for mapping the Moon surface, which is much …

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