Dwave Systems Adiabatic Quantum Computer

Dwave Systems has a new page which contains links to scientific papers and presentations describing the adiabatic quantum comptuer systems they are building. Dwave currently is testing a 128 qubit quantum computer processor. Overview and history of Dwave Dwave Processor architecture 38 page pdf Status* Have run optimization problems on C1 (8 qubit, 1500 JJs) …

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D-day and World War II Context [written June 6, 2008]

June 6, 1944, H-Hour was 6:30 am. It was D-day The assault was conducted in two phases: an air assault landing of American and British airborne divisions shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 06:30 British Double Summer Time. The operation was …

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Senator Lamar Alexander Calls for 100 Nuclear Reactors Built in USA by 2030

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today told participants at the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit that “the United States should build 100 new nuclear power plants during the next 20 years” to put America on the path to clean energy independence. He said, “One year ago, I came to Oak Ridge to propose a new ‘Manhattan …

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Global Middle Class

A Goldman Sachs study on “The Expanding Middle: The Exploding Middle Class and Falling Global Inequality” While America laments the loss of its middle class as there is divergence between a mass affluent and wealthy class and those at middle class, there is the rise of the global middle class. The global middle class is …

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Carnival of Space Week 57

The Carnival of Space 57 is up at Out of the Cradle This site contributed an article about some problems with lorentz propulsion tests but success with the SpaceX Falcon 9 International Space Development day 1 International Space Development day 2 International Space Development day 3 Babe in the Universe also had International space development …

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A simple-to-make “superlens” can focus 10 times better than diffraction limit, microwaves so far, next 19-38 nm for visible light

A simple-to-make “superlens” can focus 10 times more sharply than a conventional lens. It could shrink the size of features on computer chips, or help power gadgets without wires. No matter how powerful a conventional lens, it cannot focus light down to more than about half its wavelength, the “diffraction limit”. So far they have …

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Life extension Update, metabolic pathway drug modification and SENS

In an Esquire magazine interview Andre Dillin, Salk Institute, indicated that they have a compound which is very effective at treating Alzheimers effects and extending life. So far that work has been on C elegan worms But more than the apparent result, what excites and interests Dillin is the way the drug achieves its result. …

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USGS Bakken oil study to be released Thursday, April 10, 2008

USGS Bakken recoverable oil study will be released thursday, April 10, 2008 Sen. Byron Dorgan says the U.S. Geological Survey is slated to release a study this week on the oil potential of the area known as the Bakken formation. The shale formation encompasses some 25,000 square miles in North Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. …

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Singularity lite: Focus on virtual versus physical

I had a previous article examining the next step or two in technological acceleration. Looking at the long term history of economic and technological progress, the next step should be consistent 16-25% annual growth. Each “step up in consistently higher technological growth rate” is according to Robin Hanson a series of about seven doublings at …

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