Category Archives: Popular Science

Nuclear Confusion Versus Dead-End Certainty?

While I am working on my next  blog post, this excellent update on the state of fusion research from the Polywell Blog author John Smith shouldn’t go unnoticed.  He makes a strong case that the US is neglecting promising avenues towards self-sustained nuclear … Continue reading

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The Year That Was <insert expletive of your choice>

Usually, I like to start a new year on an upbeat note, but this time I just cannot find the right fit. I was considering whether to revisit technology that can clean water – lauding the effort of the Bill Gates … Continue reading

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The Race Towards Universal Quantum Computing – Lost in Confusion

If headlines and news articles were all you had to go by when trying to form an opinion about quantum computing, you’d end up with one enormous migraine. For many years now, they have created a constant barrage of conflicting story lines. … Continue reading

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The Unintentional Obsfuscation of Physics

Sometimes it only takes one person’s untimely demise to change history. There’s an entire genre of literature that explores these possibilities, typically involving the biggest baddies of human history. The following video is an artful example that makes this point … Continue reading

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Progressing from the God Particle to the Gay Particle

… and other physics and QC news The ‘god particle’, aka the Higgs boson, received a lot of attention, not that this wasn’t warranted, but I can’t help but suspect that the justification of the CERN budget is partly to blame … Continue reading

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News Roundup

  As school starts, I should find my way back to a regular blogging schedule. I usually drive my kids to German Saturday school and then pass the time at a nearby Starbucks updating this blog. Job and family demanded … Continue reading

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Fusion and Other News – Memory Hole Rescue

Another post on D-Wave is in my blog queue, but with all this attention on quantum computing my other favorite BC based high tech start-up doesn’t get enough of my time – I haven’t written anything on energy and fusion … Continue reading

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D-Wave Withdrawal Relief

For anybody needing an immediate dose of D-Wave news, Wired has this long, well researched article (Robert R. Tucci summarized it in visual form on his blog). It strikes a pretty objective tone, yet I find the uncritical acceptance of … Continue reading

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Breaking Science News on the Blogosphere?

Update Below It has been my long held belief that science media needs an additional corrective in the form of blogs, similar to the development we’ve seen in the political sphere.  Now it seems the news that the BICEP results, … Continue reading

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Time for Another Blogroll Memory Hole Rescue

Unlike the US, tax returns in Canada are due by the end of April, but because of the Heartbleed bug, Revenue Canada had to take down electronic filing for a while, so the deadline has been extended a bit.  It … Continue reading

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