• Quantum Computers Explained – Limits of Human Technology
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    Quantum Computers Explained – Limits of Human Technology

    Quantum Computers Explained – Limits of Human Technology For most of our history, human technology consisted of our brains, fire, and sharp sticks. While fire and sharp sticks became power plants and nuclear weapons, the biggest upgrade has happened to our brains. Since the 1960’s, the power of our brain machines has kept growing exponentially, allowing computers to get smaller and more powerful at the same time. But this process is about to meet its physical limits. Computer parts are approaching the size of an atom. To understand why this is a problem, we have to clear up some basics. In a Nutshell – By Kurzgesagt A computer is made…

  • Google and NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab
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    Google and NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

    JASON: Who was it that said if you think you understand quantum physics, you don’t understand quantum physics? [MUSIC PLAYING] ERIC: Consciousness, intelligence– JASON: Free will, determinism– ERIC: Blackholes, protecting the planet from asteroids– MASOUD: Heisenberg uncertainty principle– ERIC: Atoms, ion traps, nuclear magnetic resonance, superconductors, photons– HARTMUT: Artificial intelligence, machine learning– JASON: Past and future, classical physics, time travel, the whole thing. I can tell it’s going to get very hot as I start speaking. So tell me if I start to look really shiny. [MUSIC PLAYING] JASON: Quantum physics puts everything into question. ERIC: It defies every intuition you have about the natural world. PETE: Quantum is a…

  • Did Google Just Achieve ‘Quantum Supremacy’?
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    Did Google Just Achieve ‘Quantum Supremacy’?

    Quantum computers are on the horizon, and they’ve been stuck there for quite some time. All the theoretical advantages they promise over classical computers, like speeding up drug development, helping to manufacture room temperature superconductors, and cracking encryption remain just that: theoretical. However, a leaked paper from Google claims that for the first time a quantum computer used its unique quantum properties to absolutely dominate a classical computer in a specific task, demonstrating what’s known as “quantum supremacy.” The paper was posted in September of 2019 on NASA’s website, since NASA and Google are collaborating on the project. Almost as suddenly as it appeared, it was taken down again. But…

  • We Could Live in Caves on the Moon, Here’s Everything You Need to Know
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    We Could Live in Caves on the Moon, Here’s Everything You Need to Know

    When we imagine lunar colonies, they mimic cities in a small scale and have sweeping vistas that include the Earth hanging above the horizon. But that’s a great way to get cancer super fast since we still don’t know how to protect ourselves from cosmic radiation. So one solution might be to eschew scenic surface colonies in favor of lovely lava tubes. Lava tubes on the Moon are basically the same as the ones we see here on Earth. Back in the Moon’s history when it was geologically active, molten rock flowed over the surface. The outside layer cooled first while the inside kept flowing. But once the Moon’s internal…

  • What is Farthest Away?
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    What is Farthest Away?

    If you’ve ever looked at the night sky, you’ve probably wondered, what’s out there? And how far does it extend? Well … you’re in good company. For thousands of years, humans have been curious about what’s off the edge of the map. Today, science may finally be close to giving us answers to even bigger questions: Does the map even have an edge? And what’s the farthest away anything can be? [OPEN] When humans first started mapping their location in the world around the 6th century BC, the edge of the map was… not very far away. Our earliest world maps showed flat, circular views of the Earth, like you’d…

  • What Is the Shape of the Universe?
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    What Is the Shape of the Universe?

    It’s the kind of question that sort of breaks your brain when you even start to figure out how to think about it: what shape is the universe? No one can be sure; until we can step outside of the universe and walk around it somehow — we can’t actually do that ever — the best we can do is take what we know to model the likeliest scenario. The idea of the shape of the universe comes down to the key insight from General Relativity that says mass warps space, and that objects moving through space have their paths curved. Here’s a simple way to think about it: imagine…

  • How Close Are We to Building a Moon Base?
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    How Close Are We to Building a Moon Base?

    The moon is the closest celestial body to Earth. Humans have been gazing up at it for our entire existence, finally landing on its surface in the 1960s. We’ve walked on the moon, carried out science experiments on the moon, we’ve even driven a car, hit golf balls and briefly grew cotton on the moon. So, the obvious next question is, when are we going to start living on the moon? For decades pop culture has been teasing us with lunar colonies, military bases, space hotels and more, but in order to populate the moon, or other planets, we may need to start small. So, how close are we to…

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    The James Webb Space Telescope Is Delayed (Again)! What Is Happening?

    The James Webb Space Telescope being developed by NASA is set to be one the most exciting space observatories ever developed!, with totally novel technologies and instruments that will give us new insights into our universe. But unfortunately, its completion and launch has been delayed. Again. What’s goin’ on? The initial completion window for the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, was supposed to be between 2007 and 2011. There were some pretty severe budget and schedule issues, resulting in a 2011 overhaul of the project that set a new completion date for October of 2018. That turned out to be a little too optimistic, so they pushed it back…

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    Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A Launch Party Hosted by Tesla

    (crowd cheering) (sonic booms) (sonic booms) (upbeat music) – Hey, we’re at the airport. We’re making our way and Jack is being a good boy We haven’t told him why we’re going because he’s afraid he’ll be put on the rocket. (upbeat background music) – So we’re here at the meet up and um I just got s*** on by a bird. (upbeat background music) – Okay we just finished the meet up. Uh had a lot of fun meeting a lot of people. Thank you guys for coming out. Now me and Joe are gonna go check out the Megaladon. Stay tuned. (raining) – So it’s raining out, sort…

  • Here’s What It Actually Takes to Be a NASA Astronaut
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    Here’s What It Actually Takes to Be a NASA Astronaut

    When NASA started recruiting for its first astronaut class in 1959, it had no idea what it was looking for because it didn’t know what was going to happen to the human body in space. Basically the agency needed people used to flying dangerous missions in untested vehicles while giving real-time feedback to engineers… which pretty much narrowed the pool to test pilots. President Eisenhower stipulated that due to the potential top-secret nature of this endeavour, they should be in the military. And this led to the basic qualifications for the first batch of astronauts. Military pilots who’d graduated from a test pilot school holding a bachelor’s of engineering with…