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Google brings Quantum Physics to Minecraft... let the teleporting, tunneling and entanglement begin!  (qcraft.org)
 
 
qCraft: Quantum Physics In Minecraft

We built the Quantum A.I. Lab to explore the potential of quantum computing, and figure out what questions we should be asking. One question is clear: Where will future quantum computer scientists come from? 

Our best guess: Minecraft. 

Millions of kids are spending a whole lot of hours in Minecraft, not just digging caves and fighting monsters, but building assembly lines, space shuttles, and programmable computers, all in the name of experimentation and discovery. 

So how do we get these smart, creative kids excited about quantum physics? 

We talked to our friends at MinecraftEdu and Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter and came up with a fun idea: a Minecraft modpack called qCraft. It lets players experiment with quantum behaviors inside Minecraft’s world, with new blocks that exhibit quantum entanglement, superposition, and observer dependency. 

Of course, qCraft isn’t a perfect scientific simulation, but it’s a fun way for players to experience a few parts of quantum mechanics outside of thought experiments or dense textbook examples.

We don’t even know the full potential of what you can make with qCraft, but we’re excited to see what Minecraft’s players can discover. 

You can download qCraft now as part of the Tekkit, Hexxit, or Feed The Beast Unleashed modpacks, and find out more at www.qCraft.org. 

#qcraft   #minecraft
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The amazing +Josh Rosen and +Cassie Hamilton capture one of my favorite stories about the interesting ways people have been using Google+.
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Super inspired by this great Google+ Hangout/Auction event tonight (7pm ET) dreamed up by 16-year old +Abi Snyder to benefit the Wounded Warriors.

In addition to her metalwork (which is awesome) - autographed items have been donated by +Toby Keith +Kip Moore +Rascal Flatts +Late Show with David Letterman +Eric Church The Blood, Sweat and Beer Tour 2012 and others.

Register to bid on Proxibid.com
Watch the auction on Sarah Hill's +Veterans United  page

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Abi Snyder is a 16-year old metalworking hobbyist from Marshall, Illinois. Her brother is active duty Army and, randomly, she happened to meet a member of the  Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team a few months ago. After that meeting... Abi decided that she wanted to do something to help and came up with an idea to host an auction of her art in her H.S. gym to benefit the team and Wounded Warrior Project.
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I've seen my kids learning the basics of circuits through figuring out how to use and trigger redstone circuit blocks, and YT videos of entire songs being created using circuits and note blocks - nice to see someone exploring the educational potential of harnessing the creativity and discovery that's such a fundamental part of Minecraft.
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The +Vanity Fair  comedy issue arrived in the mail today - Freaks and Geeks article, Chris Rock interviewed by Judd Apatow and a whole bunch of other goodness. Could be the best present I get this month.
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It’s here. Google Maps for iPhone with voice navigation, local search, Street View, public transit and more. Get the #GoogleMaps app at http://goo.gl/9eLEC
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Seems like this will spread beyond sports moments pretty soon - a smart way to capture/curate the shared experience of public moments. 
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Way to go +Entrepreneurs of Knoxville and +Kathi Browne  can't wait to see what these kids do next.
 
Thought I would share a few photos of Empowered Teen Entrepreneurs watching a HOA field trip featuring +NASA   and +Backyard Brains  .

Background: +Entrepreneurs of Knoxville sponsored a week long youth camp here in #Knoxville. It was the first year for about 15 teens to get intensive training in what it means to be an entrepreneur and to be challenged in thinking about how they can make an idea come to life. One of the final events these teens experienced was an introduction to Google+ through +MAKE  HOA. Wow was it cool! The kids especially thought is was neat when +Backyard Brains  addressed "Knoxville" and answered a question.

Special thanks to +Natalie Villalobos  for telling me about it, and to +Karissa Locke  for helping make it happen.
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  • Google Creative Lab
    ECD, 2011 - present
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    ECD, 1999 - 2011
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    B.A. Social Psychology, 1991 - 1995
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    M.A. Communication, 1996 - 1998
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