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economic impactSeries of Fusion Experiments that Could Lead to Cheap, Clean, Abundant Fusion Energy

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The bootstrapped LPP Fusion dense plasma focus nuclear fusion project will be starting a potentially big year of testing. They are completing work on their beryllium electrode. If everything goes smoothly on four critical steps then this could be the …

metamaterialsAcoustic Metamaterials Can Block 94% of Sounds

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Synthetic, sound-silencing structures—acoustic metamaterials can block 94% of sounds. This ring of materials will be able to make vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, fans and other devices and products much quieter. Boston University researchers Ghaffarivardavagh and Zhang wanted to block sound …

energyHigh Temperature Superconductivity at 2 Million Time Pressure

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Metallic, hydrogen-rich compounds become superconducting at very high pressures. Russell Hemley and his group at George Washington University measured significant drops in resistivity when the sample cooled below 260 K (minus 13 C, or 8 F) at 180-200 gigapascals of …

newsProgress Towards Using Quantum Computers for Solving Quantum Chemistry and Machine Learning

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IonQ used its trapped-ion computer and a scalable co-design framework for solving chemistry problems. They applied it to compute the ground-state energy of the water molecule. The robust operation of the trapped ion quantum computer yields energy estimates with errors …

dwave systemsD-Wave Reveals 5000+ Qubit System With a More Connected Topology

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D-Wave Systems has shown its new 5000 qubit quantum annealing system that uses a vastly improved Pegasus architecture. Nextbigfuture wrote about the Pegasus architecture and the 5,640 qubit D-Wave prototype back in mid-January. D-Wave has now officially announced the 5000+ …

astronomyGravity Wave Observatory Could Spot One Black-hole Merger per Hour by 2024

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding Caltech and MIT $20.4 million to upgrade the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) into the Advanced LIGO Plus. Advanced LIGO Plus is expected to commence operations in 2024 and to increase the volume …

energyIf We Master Building in Space Then the Solar System Will Be Wide Open

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Marc G. Millis, Jeff Greason, Rhonda Stevenson of the Tau Zero Foundation provided a 69-page review to NASA of the Interstellar Flight Challenges and Prospects. A lot of the focus is on the massive speed, distance, and power challenges. We …

controversialIf These US Navy Patents are Made Then We Are in a Star Trek Technology World

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Salvatore Cezar Pais is a US Navy researcher. Salvatore has three amazing patents that would be incredible breakthroughs in physics if they are true. The least extreme is a patent for Piezoelectricity-Induced Room Temperature Superconductor. The other two patents are …

fusionOMEGA Laser Fusion Work is Progress on a Long Road

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Researchers at the OMEGA Laser Facility at the University of Rochester in New York improved the fusion yield by a factor of three compared with OMEGA’s previous record. The OMEGA facility focuses 60 high-power laser beams are directed onto a …

energyFirst Light Uses a Electromagnetic Railgun to Fire Mach 58 Projectiles to Create Fusion

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First Light Fusion is trying to generate energy using inertial confinement fusion. They spunout from the University of Oxford in June 2011. First Light uses a high-velocity projectile (58 times the speed of sound) to create a shockwave to collapse …