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Google quantum computer leaves old-school supercomputers in the dust

November 2nd, 2019 at 3:15 am » Comments Off

Google’s Sycamore chip powers a quantum computer  The era of practical quantum computers has begun — at least on one speed test showing “quantum supremacy.” A Google quantum computer has far outpaced ordinary computing technology, an achievement called quantum supremacy that’s an important milestone for a revolutionary way of processing data. Google disclosed the results […]



Watch the world’s largest 3D-printer spit out a 25 foot boat

October 25th, 2019 at 11:33 am » Comments Off

…and how this is really about using wood to replace metal If you’re shopping for a 3D printer, a key consideration is bed size; what’s the largest object you’d realistically need to print? For the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, size limitations aren’t so much of an issue. That’s because they’ve got […]



Here’s what quantum supremacy does—and doesn’t—mean for computing

September 29th, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Google has reportedly demonstrated for the first time that a quantum computer is capable of performing a task beyond the reach of even the most powerful conventional supercomputer in any practical time frame—a milestone known in the world of computing as “quantum supremacy.” The ominous-sounding term, which was coined by theoretical physicist John Preskill in […]



IBM’s new 53-qubit quantum ‘mainframe’ is live in the cloud

September 27th, 2019 at 1:44 am » Comments Off

IBM has boosted its growing stable of quantum computers with a new 53-quantum bit (qubit) device, the most powerful ever offered for commercial use. Google announced a more powerful 72-qubit ‘Bristlecone’ model last year, but that was for its internal techies only. IBM’s, by contrast, feels significant because it can be used by absolutely anyone […]



This video of a rocket sled doing 6,599mph at Hollman AFB is absolute insanity

September 7th, 2019 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

The sound alone of something ripping by at hypersonic speed just feet above the desert floor is worth the click! The internet is full of many wondrous things, most of which you have likely already seen. But something you probably have never seen before is an object rocketing along a set of tracks at 6,599 […]



Cambridge startup claims breakthrough electric car battery that can charge in 6 minutes

September 6th, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

A startup that spun out of Cambridge University claims a battery breakthrough that can charge an electric car in just six minutes. It’s something we heard before, but the difference here is that they claim that they can commercialize the new battery as soon as next year. The startup, Echion Technologies, was founded by Dr. […]



The U.S. Air Force’s shadowy X-37B space plane has broken a space flight record

September 3rd, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

  At 6:43 am US eastern time today, the Air Force’s mysterious X-37B space plane broke a new spaceflight record, surpassing the 717 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes its predecessor spent in orbit just a couple years prior. The X-37B, explained: The Air Force is notoriously tightlipped about the X-37B program. The space plane […]



French inventor successfully soars over English Channel on hoverboard

August 20th, 2019 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

  How a French inventor crossed the English Channel with one short refuel and in 22 minutes on a hoverboard. The French inventor of the jet-powered hoverboard soared over the English Channel despite wind gusts Sunday, becoming the first to cross the channel in such a futuristic way after failing in his first attempt last […]



World’s longest hyperloop track in the works for Saudi Arabia

August 9th, 2019 at 4:03 pm » Comments Off

A 35-km-long (21.- mi) hyperloop test track is planned for Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Economic City Virgin Hyperloop One has expanded its relationship with Saudi Arabia, with the two announcing plans to develop a new test track in the country’s west. The facility would become the world’s longest Hyperloop tube, and would be used to […]



The Crab Nebula just blasted Earth with the highest-energy photons ever recorded

June 26th, 2019 at 10:48 pm » Comments Off

One measured photon has roughly the energy of a falling ping-pong ball. The Tibetan Plateau is a vast elevated plain almost five kilometers above sea level, sometimes called the Roof of the World. It is bordered to the south by the world’s highest mountain range and to the north by desert lands. It is one […]



New Details Revealed for 204,000-ton Mega Cruise Ship

June 19th, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

Dream Cruises which is a luxury cruise line based in Asia has revealed further details about its huge new 204,000-ton mega ship which will arrive in 2021. She will have the largest cabins in the industry, groundbreaking features including a roller coaster and will even cruise from the U.S. west coast. If you thought the […]



Long-nosed prototype of ‘world’s fastest bullet train’ ALFA-X unveiled in Japan

May 15th, 2019 at 3:44 am » Comments Off

RIFU, Miyagi — A long-nosed prototype of the next-generation Tohoku and Hokkaido shinkansen bullet trains, which are set to have the world’s fastest regular operation speed of 360 kilometers per hour, was unveiled to the press here on May 9.



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