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Wilczek forecasts that large-scale quantum computers will be realized, in turn leading to “quantum artificial intelligence.”

“A quantum mind could experience a superposition of ‘mutually contradictory’ states, or allow different parts of its wave function to explore vastly different scenarios in parallel,” Wilczek points out. “Being based on reversible computation, such a mind could revisit the past at will, and could be equipped to superpose past and present.”

And with quantum artificial intelligence at its disposal, the human mind’s sensory tentacles will not merely be enhanced but also dispersed. With quantum communication, humans can be linked by quantum messaging to sensory devices at vast distances from their bodies. “An immersive experience of ‘being there’ will not necessarily involve being there, physically,” Wilczek writes. “This will be an important element of the expansion of human culture beyond Earth.”

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A Nobel laureate forecasts deeper understanding of physics and new powers for the human mind in the century to come.
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Costa Rica has achieved a clean energy milestone by using 100 per cent renewable energy for a record 75 days in a row.
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Our species is still changing. What will become of it?
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How you and the world have changed since you were born
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Quoting from Archimedes being quoted in alternative versions, "Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world."  

If we consider our skeletal structure as the lever, with the pull and push of muscle, that is indeed what our species had done in modifying the global environment to a great extent
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It looks this good to be a biological robot  
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Check out these fun physics facts for kids. Learn about a wide range of cool topics such as gravity, electricity, light, sound and much more. Enjoy the world of science with their amazing physics facts.
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Just a note to you all, if any of you wish to make a post here on facts, any facts that you know about, please feel free to do so
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There exists a wide variety of people whose personal belief system is based purely on experimentally verifiable facts. These may be atheists or people who believe in a God so I wish to find a common ground for all of them in this community. This is work in progress

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Wilczek forecasts that large-scale quantum computers will be realized, in turn leading to “quantum artificial intelligence.”

“A quantum mind could experience a superposition of ‘mutually contradictory’ states, or allow different parts of its wave function to explore vastly different scenarios in parallel,” Wilczek points out. “Being based on reversible computation, such a mind could revisit the past at will, and could be equipped to superpose past and present.”

And with quantum artificial intelligence at its disposal, the human mind’s sensory tentacles will not merely be enhanced but also dispersed. With quantum communication, humans can be linked by quantum messaging to sensory devices at vast distances from their bodies. “An immersive experience of ‘being there’ will not necessarily involve being there, physically,” Wilczek writes. “This will be an important element of the expansion of human culture beyond Earth.”

http://bit.ly/1c2kPoA
A Nobel laureate forecasts deeper understanding of physics and new powers for the human mind in the century to come.
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The Types of Intelligence

In 1983 Howard Gardener described 9 types of intelligence:

1: Logical-mathematical
2: Linguistic
3: Bodily kinesthetic
4: Musical
5: Naturalist
6: Interpersonal
7: Intra-personal
8: Spacial
9: Existential

What other scientists thought were just soft-skills, such as interpersonal skills, Gardener realized were types of intelligence. It makes sense. Just as being a math whiz gives you the ability to understand the world, so does being “people smart” give you the same ability, just from a different perspective. Not knowing math you may not calculate the rate at which the universe is expanding, but you are likely to have the skills to find the right person who will.

Even 20 years after Gardener’s book came out, there is still a debate whether talents other than math and language are indeed types of intelligence or just skills. What do you think?

#psychology #productivity #infographic #intelligence #talent #mind

Via: http://fundersandfounders.com
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This Women’s History Month, Science Friday celebrates some of the unsung heroines of science.
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 I find this very odd, very much the doubter here. A pendulum depends of gravity for the the swing frequency and I find it difficult to find a relationship between the pendulum and the gravitational pull of the very distant Moon and the Sun.

Now if for some reason the gravitational alignment of the Moon and the Sun augments its effect with the Earth, including its surface, and its own gravity, that is beyond my ability to sum up. You’d think that any anomalous result would have to do with gravitational alignment because that is indeed happening as in the additional pull of a solar tide added to the lunar tide.

Would there be a difference in anomalous results depending on whether it was an eclipse during when the Earth is around closest or most distant from the moon or Sun or both? After writing the above I found this following article on solar tide

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3005352/Thousands-flock-Mont-Saint-Michel-France-witness-tide-century.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_distance_%28astronomy%29
The Allais effect is an anomalous result seen in pendulums during a total eclipse. Whether it's real or due to careless experiments is still debated.
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The Mapping of Pluto Begins Today
When New Horizons flies past Pluto in July, we will see a new, alien landscape in stark detail. At that point, we will have a lot to talk about. The only way we can talk about it is if those features, whatever they turn out to be, have names.
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Hangout Schedules Calendar, Index & Updates - March 2015
Calendar: goo.gl/YodHQc | Index: goo.gl/tivkgD | House Rules: goo.gl/3z2kfi 
CosmoQuest Hangoutathon 2015: bit.ly/CQHangout2015goo.gl/krfLlC
This post contains an overview of the hangouts we keep track on in the calendar and the index page on my blog. Links to previous versions of this post are at the bottom. We willl now use the comments of this post mainly as a changelog for the calendar and for other hangout-related updates - if you know about an interesting hangout, feel free to comment here or put the event in the Hangouts & Podcasts section!

The CosmoQuest Hangoutathon 2015
The annual live hangout fundraiser for +CosmoQuest, scheduled for 8am on April 25 until 8pm on April 26 Pacific Time. More details will follow as they come available, but you can already donate NOW by going to bit.ly/CQHangout2015 ! See also +Pamela L. Gay's original community post at goo.gl/krfLlC for further information.

Astronomy Cast Live
Live recording of the podcast with +Pamela L. Gay​​​ and +Fraser Cain​​​.  
Broadcast usually Mondays at 20:00 UTC.
See +Astronomy Cast​​​ and +CosmoQuest​​​ for announcements and updates. Audio Podcast available at www.astronomycast.com .
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/RCT9DM

Weekly Space Hangout
Weekly space news show hosted by +Fraser Cain​​​ with a rotating crew of guest journalists. Broadcast usually Fridays at 20:00 UTC.
See +CosmoQuest​​​ for details and announcements.
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/Kh1VvI

Learning Space
Weekly show about science and astronomy in education, hosted by +Nicole Gugliucci​​​ and +Georgia Bracey​​​. Usually broadcast Wednesday at 19:00 UTC.
Schedule: goo.gl/GBjO7a
See +Learning Space​​​ and +CosmoQuest​​​ for details and announcements.
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/PYCmsR

Inspiring Science Education Hangouts
Bi-weekly online training series about astronomy and physics, hosted by +Pamela L. Gay​​​ in collaboration with the +Galileo Teacher Training Program​​​. Usually broadcast every second Wednesday at 18:00 UTC.
See +Inspiring Science Education Hangouts​​​ for details and announcements.
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/3O7TFZ

Virtual Star Party
Semi-regular hangouts with live telescope views.
On hiatus at the moment because of weather and time constraints.
See +Virtual Star Party​​​ for updates and announcements.
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/h5YGhP

Hubble Hangouts
Weekly hangouts hosted by +Tony Darnell​​​ and +Scott Lewis​​​. 
Broadcast usually Wednesday or Thursday between 19-21:00 UTC
See +Hubble Space Telescope​​​ for updates and announcements
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/3JnINR

Know the Cosmos Hangouts
Semi-regular hangouts with +Katie Mack​​​ & +Scott Lewis​​​. 
Current series: Conversations with an Astrophysicist
See +KnowTheCosmos​ for updates and announcements.
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/iTrOMu

Dawn EPO / CosmoQuest Hangouts
Semi-regular hangouts with the Dawn Mission EPO team in collaboration with CosmoQuest.
See +Dawn Mission Education and Communications (E/C)​​​ for updates and announcements.
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/C2yjT0

Google Lunar XPrize Hangouts
Semi-regular hangouts with the Google Lunar XPrize contestants, hosted by +Pamela L. Gay​​​ in collaboration with CosmoQuest.
See +Google Lunar X PRIZE​​​ for updates and announcements.
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/ykCTKH

Astronomers Without Borders Hangouts
Semi-regular hangouts with special guests, hosted by +Mike Simmons​. See +Astronomers Without Borders​ for updates and announcements. 
Youtube Archive Playlist: goo.gl/MMdJQj

Previous versions of this post are located here:
» goo.gl/eUjsM8 - July-September 2014
» goo.gl/yN3Lve - September-October 2014
» goo.gl/F7crLo - October-December 2014
» goo.gl/3sHx1I - January-February 2015
» goo.gl/pfNG3j - March 2015 (replaced with Hangoutathon version)
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Here is a selection of interesting statistics and snippets of physics information. Most are in some way related to the topics discussed here; some are a little off-topic, but nevertheless fascinating.They are grouped them together under general question headings.
The Physics of the Universe - A Few Random Facts
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@ Science Alert  "Ever wondered what radiation looks like? If you have, I bet you didn’t think it would look as cool as this. This is a small piece of uranium mineral sitting in a cloud chamber, which means you can see the process of decay and radiation emission.

So, what’s a cloud chamber? It’s a sealed glass container cooled to -40°C, topped with a layer of liquid alcohol. According to Cloudylabs on YouTube, who made the video above, vapour emitted from the alcohol fills the container below, and most of it condenses on the glass surface, but some of it will remain as a vapour above the cold condenser. 

"This creates a layer of unstable sursaturated vapour which can condense at any moment,” says Cloudylabs. "When a charged particle crosses this vapour, it can knock electrons off the molecules forming ions. It causes the unstable alcohol vapour to condense around ions left behind by the travelling ionising particle. The path of the particle in the matter is then revealed by a track composed of thousands droplets of alcohol.”

Using this equipment, you can visualise any charged particle, including alphas, electrons, positrons, protons, nuclear charged fragments, and muons, and their tracks will look different, depending on how fast they travel, how much mass they have, and their charge. 

Cloudylabs explains what you can see in the video above:

"This video shows the Cloudylabs's cloud chamber running for approx. 50 min with an Uranium mineral. After 40 min, there is not enough alcohol to make newer trails. With time, the alcohol [will] condense on the mineral. The small thickness of liquid alcohol on the mineral is enough to absorb a part of the energy of the alpha particles (their ranges in air for 5 MeV is 3-4 cm, but in water, it's 15 micrometres), so with time, the trails are shorter than in [the] beginning. It's preferable to make such experience during 10 minutes to have longer alpha track."

Esther Inglis-Arkell over at io9 has a really great rundown of how you can actually do something similar to this yourself using nothing by party supplies. And nope, no uranium required."

http://www.sciencealert.com/watch-uranium-emits-radiation-inside-cloud-chamber
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JPL will stream a news briefing live online to discuss the March 6 arrival of NASA's Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres -- the largest unexplored world of the inner solar system.
Dawn Ceres Arrival
Mon, March 2, 12:00 PM
http://youtu.be/sJr-pctUYdw

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