(AbqJournal) A new $8 million Department of Energy grant will allow Sandia and Los Alamos national laboratories to advance techniques and tools to manipulate atomic particles in ways that will allow researchers and industry to eventually build bio and chemical sensors that are far more powerful than today’s devices. The new DOE grant will fund…..

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(FinancialTimes) NASA recently worked with the Universities Space Research Association, an academic group, and Standard Chartered, the UK bank, to investigate the efficiency benefits that quantum computers could bring to investment portfolios. Alexei Kondratyev, managing director for financial markets at Standard Chartered, who worked on the report expects much more use of computing in the…..

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Posted by 11 Dec 2018

(Futurism) Significant security loopholes could crop up if hackers get their hands on powerful quantum computers before quantum-proof encryption methods become mainstream. The power of quantum computers could undermine current encryption methods in a matter of days. At least, that’s according to a new report by experts at the U.S. National Academics of Sciences, Engineering,…..

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(Physics.aps.org) Abhay Ashtekar and Javier Olmedo at Pennsylvania State University in University Park and Parampreet Singh at Louisiana State University have taken have shown that loop quantum gravity—a candidate theory for providing a quantum-mechanical description of gravity—predicts that spacetime continues across the center of the hole into a new region that exists in the future…..

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(IQT) This must-attend summit in Boston March 19-21 offers comprehensive insights into the commercial future of all areas of quantum technology presenting the opportunities available today and future applications in business and government. The conference offers over 30 expert speakers from the commercial, end-user, start-up, governmental and academic organizations. Attendees will learn about the latest…..

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(Engadget) The definition of the kilogram as well as three other units of measurement — the ampere, the kelvin and the mole was recently changed at the General Conference on Weights and Measures in Versailles, France. The kilogram will now be defined by the Planck Constant. After May 20, 2019, the value of the Planck…..

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(Phys.org) A team of Australian scientists led by Professor Sven Rogge at the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology (CQC2T) have investigated the spin-orbit coupling of a boron atom in silicon. Spin-orbit coupling, the coupling of the qubits’ orbital and spin degree of freedom, allows the manipulation of the qubit via electric, rather than…..

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(Forbes) The very real phenomenon of quantum levitation operates when a specially-made material can be cooled down to low temperatures and placed over a properly-configured magnet, and the material will levitate there indefinitely. This is counter intuitive and isn’t the way that conventional, classical physics works. Astrophysist author Ethan Siegel provides an indepth discussion of…..

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Posted by 07 Dec 2018

(EurekaAlert) The Harvard Quantum Initiative (HQI) launched recently, demonstrating the university’s firm commitment to expanding research, development, and education in this pivotal area. Co-directors John Doyle, Evelyn Hu, and Mikhail Lukin aim to build a cross-sector, cross-disciplinary community at the dawn of a new era in science and engineering. Future plans include hiring new faculty…..

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(ScientificAmerican) Author Jeremy Hsu provides a review and balanced discussion of the issues addressed in the recent report on quantum computing recently issued by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. (Click here to read today’s IQT synopsis of report). Hsu describes the potential of quantum computing but he also reports on the skepticism…..

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