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Dec 16, 2023

Quantum Breakthrough: Caltech Scientists Unveil New Way To Erase Quantum Computer Errors

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics, sustainability

Future quantum computers are expected to revolutionize problem-solving in various fields, such as creating sustainable materials, developing new medications, and unraveling complex issues in fundamental physics. However, these pioneering quantum systems are currently more error-prone than the classical computers we use today. Wouldn’t it be nice if researchers could just take out a special quantum eraser and get rid of the mistakes?

Reporting in the journal Nature, a group of researchers led by Caltech is among the first to demonstrate a type of quantum eraser. The physicists show that they can pinpoint and correct for mistakes in quantum computing systems known as “erasure” errors.

“It’s normally very hard to detect errors in quantum computers, because just the act of looking for errors causes more to occur,” says Adam Shaw, co-lead author of the new study and a graduate student in the laboratory of Manuel Endres, a professor of physics at Caltech. “But we show that with some careful control, we can precisely locate and erase certain errors without consequence, which is where the name erasure comes from.”

Dec 16, 2023

GE Aerospace advances sustainable engine tech with NASA contract

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

NASA has awarded GE Aerospace a contract to continue working on the HyTEC program, which aims to create more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly engines for commercial aircraft.

NASA has renewed a contract with GE Aerospace to continue the HyTEC program, which aims to create more fuel-efficient engines for commercial aircraft.

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Dec 16, 2023

China’s green energy boom faces waste crisis: 12.9 million tons by 2050?

Posted by in categories: energy, sustainability

According to a new study in Nature, China could be facing an impending wind turbine waste problem if it cannot find ways to deal with it.

While China has forged ahead with its renewable energy infrastructure, it must find ways to deal with the waste from older installations, study finds.

Dec 16, 2023

Tesla claims solar-backed Powerwall saves more than backup generators

Posted by in categories: finance, sustainability

Discover the financial and environmental benefits of Tesla’s Powerwall with solar, claiming to be 20% cheaper over a decade than traditional backup generators.

Unleash savings with Tesla’s Powerwall and solar combo, a green powerhouse that beats backup generators by 20% over 10 years.

Dec 16, 2023

Elon Musk’s New STEM University in Austin & Tesla FUD Addressed

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

Elon Musk plans to start a new STEM-focused university in Austin, while also addressing criticisms and misinformation about Tesla and promoting a healthy lifestyle for productivity and fulfillment.

Questions to inspire discussion.

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Dec 15, 2023

New way to charge batteries harnesses the power of ‘indefinite causal order’

Posted by in categories: chemistry, computing, engineering, quantum physics, sustainability

Batteries that exploit quantum phenomena to gain, distribute and store power promise to surpass the abilities and usefulness of conventional chemical batteries in certain low-power applications. For the first time, researchers, including those from the University of Tokyo, take advantage of an unintuitive quantum process that disregards the conventional notion of causality to improve the performance of so-called quantum batteries, bringing this future technology a little closer to reality.

When you hear the word “quantum,” the physics governing the subatomic world, developments in quantum computers tend to steal the headlines, but there are other upcoming quantum technologies worth paying attention to. One such item is the which, though initially puzzling in name, holds unexplored potential for sustainable energy solutions and possible integration into future electric vehicles. Nevertheless, these new devices are poised to find use in various portable and low-power applications, especially when opportunities to recharge are scarce.

At present, quantum batteries only exist as laboratory experiments, and researchers around the world are working on the different aspects that are hoped to one day combine into a fully functioning and practical application. Graduate student Yuanbo Chen and Associate Professor Yoshihiko Hasegawa from the Department of Information and Communication Engineering at the University of Tokyo are investigating the best way to charge a quantum battery, and this is where time comes into play. One of the advantages of quantum batteries is that they should be incredibly efficient, but that hinges on the way they are charged.

Dec 14, 2023

The future of intelligence: artificial, natural, and combined

Posted by in categories: climatology, government, health, policy, Ray Kurzweil, robotics/AI, singularity, sustainability

Twenty-four years ago, Ray Kurzweil predicted computers would reach human-level intelligence by 2029. This was met with great concern and criticism. In the past six months technology experts have come around to agree with him. According to Kurzweil, over the next two decades, AI is going to change what it means to be human. We are going to invent new means of expression that will soar past human language, art, and science of today. All of the concepts that we rely on to give meaning to our lives, including death itself, will be transformed.\
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Dec 14, 2023

New quantum batteries charging break time and causality rules: Study

Posted by in categories: energy, quantum physics, sustainability

Quantum physics, the science of the very small, often challenges our common sense and intuition. But it also offers new possibilities for technological innovations that go beyond the limits of classical physics. One of these possibilities is the quantum battery, which uses quantum phenomena to store, transfer, and deliver energy more effectively than conventional batteries.

Quantum batteries

Quantum batteriesQuantum batteries are not yet ready for commercial use. Still, they can revolutionize fields that require low-power and portable energy sources, such as smart devices, sensors, and even electric vehicles.

Dec 14, 2023

Schooled by tech-billionaire? Elon Musk plans school, university in Texas

Posted by in categories: education, Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

The Tesla chief has reportedly stashed a generous sum of $100 million in charity for the endeavor.

Billionaire CEO Elon Musk reportedly plans to build a school and, eventually, a university in Texas.

Dec 14, 2023

Hyundai and Kia boast another breakthrough, unveiling new tire with retractable ‘snow chains’

Posted by in categories: engineering, sustainability, transportation

Weeks after introducing a potentially game-changing “Uni-wheel” drive system for EVs, Hyundai and Kia are showing off another next-generation technology to keep EV drivers safer during inclement weather. Today, Kia and Hyundai introduced a new snow chain-integrated tire that utilizes shape memory alloy modules inside the wheel. See how this incredible new tech works in the video below.

As EVs continue to saturate the global automotive market, their respective technologies are evolving to benefit consumers. Now more than ever, these electric vehicles drive farther, charge faster, and come equipped with exciting new technologies like vehicle-to-load (V2L) capabilities and Plug & Charge.

Hyundai Motor Group has been one of the early proponents of such technologies, featuring them in EVs atop its E-GMP platform. In fact, Hyundai and Kia especially have rolled out some exciting technologies throughout the electric mobility segment and allocated considerable funds to R&D to explore new engineering breakthroughs.

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