Even with quantum communication and encryption can secrets be kept secret ?

Quantum communications could soon allow secure communications that is faster and more convenient than one time pads. Physicists have demonstrated the distribution of three entangled photons at three different locations (Alice, Bob and Charlie) several hundreds of meters apart, proving quantum nonlocality for more than two entangled photons. Quantum key distribution (QKD) uses quantum mechanics …

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Unlimited heat conduction in graphene

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz and the National University of Singapore have attested that the thermal conductivity of graphene diverges with the size of the samples. This discovery challenges the fundamental laws of heat conduction for extended materials. Davide Donadio, head of a Max Planck Research Group at …

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Nextbigfuture reaches 40 million pageviews and almost 15000 articles

Nextbigfuture has reached 40 million pageviews (per Google Analytics) and almost 15000 articles. Nextbigfuture has been going for 8 years now. Just under one year ago we were at 30 million pageviews and about 13000 articles. Thanks for all the readership and comments. If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on …

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Hybrid materials combine bacterial cells with nonliving elements like quantum dots and nanoparticles that can conduct electricity or emit light

Inspired by natural materials such as bone — a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells — MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. These “living materials” combine the advantages of live cells, which respond to their environment, produce …

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Atomtronic Progress – Bose Einstein condensate can display memory

While pursuing the goal of turning a cloud of ultracold atoms into a completely new kind of circuit element, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated that such a cloud—known as a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC)—can display a sort of “memory.” The findings, featured as the cover article of the Feb. …

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Not creating more old people is not the answer to poorly structured pension and labor policies

A commenter on google plus to an article that I wrote. The article I wrote indicated that people have the wrong intuition about aging, longevity and economics. The commenter responded with the following wrong intuition about aging. The assumption that if (for example) lifespan is increased 10 or 20 years, that the productive period of …

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Canadian Province issues 2.5 billion in chinese yuan denominated bonds

Canada’s western province of British Columbia said on November 5 it had completed the issuance of one-year offshore yuan-denominated bonds and raised 2.5 billion yuan. This is the first time a foreign government has issued offshore yuan bonds. Mike de Jong, finance minister of Canada’s westernmost province, said officials had intended to raise only 500 …

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Brian Wang interviewed by Motherboard for nuclear fusion energy article

Brian Wang was interviewed by Sam Roudman of Motherboard for an article on nuclear fusion. Amongst the most secretive and best-financed is Tri-Alpha energy. They’ve released nothing more than a Powerpoint, but have raised somewhere over $140 million from the likes of Goldman Sachs, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, Russian tech investment firm Rusnano, and, weirdly, …

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Commercial and Technical feasibility of Superconducting engines for passenger electric planes

There was a design of vertical takeoff and vertical passenger electric planes. Also, Elon Musk has talked about creating a supersonic certical takeoff and vertical landing electric passenger plane. This would enable airports without runways to be in cities. The design was based upon batteries that had 1000 wh/kg and superconducting engines that had 7-8 …

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Offtopic – The name of the Washington NFL team

There has been a lot of controversy over the name of the Washington Football team. Washington Redskins. I have suggestion for a new name for the football team. Washington Redtape The Washington Redtape defensive tackle wraps up the receiver. If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on ycombinator or StumbleUpon. Thanks …

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US becomes number one producer of oil and gas combined

The U.S. is overtaking Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, a startling shift that is reshaping markets and eroding the clout of traditional energy-rich nations. U.S. energy output has been surging in recent years, a comeback fueled by shale-rock formations of oil and natural gas that was unimaginable a decade …

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