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blogs.technet.com/b/ne... would love this as a coffee table

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Hyperloop companies - theres like 3 of them and Musk isnt even involved.
Private space companies - again there are several.
There are a huge amount of renewable battery companies.
Most car companies are developing or have developed electric cars.

I bet you think that the iPod was the first mp3 player too.

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From what Ive read about Musk I don't get the impression that Wealth accumulation is what makes him tick, he could arguably be wealthier by taking fewer risks with the money he has earned in previous enterprises. I imagine if given the choice he would choose only breaking even, if it meant succeeding with one of his objectives such as killing the petrol engine

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Clean, why are you such a misery guts all the time? Its weird.

There may be individual, seperate companies working on similar projects (some probably use Elon Musks companies patents, which he released for free), but what other person/company is pioneering in all those areas, at the same time? What other company is supplying private spaceflight options for regular space flights/cargo? What other company is ultimately aiming to colonise other places in the solar system, for the security of mankind and using its current operations to develop the tech nessesarily to do it? What other company has built/is building something like the Gigafactory? As I said earlier, what other car company is solely focused on mass producing affordable electric cars designed to run on renewable energy, which they're also working on the solar tech to power them and stop the use of fossil fuels to power them and therefore help the planet? What other company is pioneering the tech and AI to allow for automated vehicles and increased safety at the rate Tesla is?

What single man is pursuing all those things and succeeding in them, in a lot of cases better than companies that have been in those sectors for decades longer?

Just go and read a bit about him, there are absolutely hundreds of articles and interviews which cover all that he has done in a short period of time, and all that he plans to do.

You'll probably come back with some dreadful attempt to put a cynical view on this, but I'll leave you to it.

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What shape are photons? Quantum holography sheds light

Physicists created a hologram of a single light particle, a feat previously thought impossible.

cosmosmagazine.com/phy...

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"It’s a little like firing two bullets to glance off one another mid-air and using the deflected trajectories to figure our shape of each projectile."

mazin

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Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip

The first round-the-world solar powered flight has been completed, after the Solar Impulse aircraft touched down in Abu Dhabi. Bertrand Piccard piloted the plane for a final time, steering it safely from the Egyptian capital Cairo to the UAE. He has been taking turns at the controls with Swiss compatriot Andre Borschberg, with the mission aiming to promote renewable energy. It brings to an end a voyage that began in Abu Dhabi on 9 March last year.

"The future is clean. The future is you. The future is now. Let's take it further,'' Mr Piccard said, arriving into Abu Dhabi to cheers and applause.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/sci...

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Chinese Satellite Is One Giant Step for the Quantum Internet
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Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy.

The ability to turn CO2 into fuel at a cost comparable to a gallon of gasoline would render fossil fuels obsolete.

Read more at: ys.org/news/2016-07-br...

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Room temperature quantum computing on the way

Easy to make and stable enough at room temperature, are carbon nanosphere qubits the future of quantum computing?

cosmosmagazine.com/che...

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Here's one for you. If quantum computing can be both on and off at the same time, how are you supposed to used math to calculate with it. We could have a quantum processor with no ability to use it, because of our puny human math. So saying that, you can forget about using a program to make use of it.

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Think there's a decent amount of quantum programming tools/information available now, but learning everything that can be done with qubits and working out ways to program for them is still ongoing and at pretty early stages. Some things, like regular maths calculations, I don't think would really get any benefits from quantum computing, at the minute as the system would still need to run through the operating once to get 'the answer'. It's only really in data mining, research and handling vast amounts of data that quantum computing could really take things to the next level.

There some decent info on the abilities of quantum computing under the 'An Example' heading here - lus.maths.org/content/...

Also, have a gander at this. It lets you play about with a quantum computer simulator using the QScript script, so there are ways to program already thought up. I've no real clue about this sort of thing, though. It might mean more to you - www.quantumplayground.ne

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But surely Pav the reason big Pharma haven’t gotten involved is because they can’t patent it, control it and therefore please their shareholders with whom they are beholden to, and I don’t doubt they could fully synthesize the best possible strain and market the whole thing in an easy to swallow capsule, but why would they? They make a ton of money from preventative and pain management pills which they do control so why would they offer an alternative that any tom dick and harry could make for themselves that would take a massive chunk out of their core business.

I very much doubt the American pharmaceutical giants have our health and wellbeing in their best interests, they exist to make money pure and simple.

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wrong thread...

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Lay off that bong, RJ

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have a ball ache needs curing

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Tesla agrees $2.6bn deal to buy SolarCity

US electric carmaker Tesla has said it has reached a deal to buy solar panel company SolarCity for $2.6bn (£2bn). The deal, announced in June, will expand Tesla's clean energy business.

Mr Musk has previously described the deal as a "no brainer". He said it would transform Tesla into the "world's only vertically integrated energy company offering end-to-end clean energy products", from solar panels and home storage batteries to electric vehicles.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/bus...

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munchingmonster, I *think* this goes some way to answering your question from earlier, although I'm still struggling with understanding it tbh lol

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Apple given all-clear to sell energy from solar farm

www.bbc.co.uk/news/tec...

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Record for Logic Gate Precision Broken: Another Quantum Computing Milestone

Here’s some very exciting news out of the University of Oxford. Researchers have reached the next milestone in the quest toward building quantum computers. Scientists from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-funded Networked Quantum Information Technologies Hub (NQIT) have achieved a quantum logic gate with an absolutely astonishing 99.9% precision. This is especially exciting since that rate is the theoretical benchmark required to actually build a quantum computer.

futurism.com/record-fo...

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www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat...

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watched that last nite, need to read more about this crispr stuff as that was the first time id heard of it

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good article here.. really is some serious scifi shit www.nature.com/news/cr...

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oops, just realised I'd posted it already. Great video. Some fascinating stuff in it. Will give that article a read shortly.

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FAO Takki

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What, not again? Another new Musk idea that isnt really that new? It cant be....

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Sending a rocket to the moon wasn't that impressive because people had talked about going the for millenia

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Ford's self-driving car 'coming in 2021'

Ford has said it will mass-produce a fully autonomous self-driving car without a steering wheel by 2021. The bold ambition was outlined by the company’s president, Mark Fields, at an event in Palo Alto, California. Ford said it would double its investment in its research centre in the city, as well as making sizable investments in technology companies in the autonomy industry.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/tec...

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Researchers resolve a problem that has been holding back a technological revolution

Imagine an electronic newspaper that you could roll up and spill your coffee on, even as it updated itself before your eyes. It's an example of the technological revolution that has been waiting to happen, except for one major problem that, until now, scientists have not been able to resolve. Researchers at McMaster University have cleared that obstacle by developing a new way to purify carbon nanotubes - the smaller, nimbler semiconductors that are expected to replace silicon within computer chips and a wide array of electronics.

"Once we have a reliable source of pure nanotubes that are not very expensive, a lot can happen very quickly," says Alex Adronov, a professor of Chemistry at McMaster whose research team has developed a new and potentially cost-efficient way to purify carbon nanotubes.

Read more at: ys.org/news/2016-08-pr...

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China launches quantum-enabled satellite Micius

The satellite will create pairs of so-called entangled photons - tiny sub-atomic particles of light whose properties are dependent on each other - beaming one half of each pair down to base stations in China and Austria. This special kind of laser has several curious properties, one of which is known as "the observer effect" - its quantum state cannot be observed without changing it. So, if the satellite were to encode an encryption key in that quantum state, any interception would be obvious. It would also change the key, making it useless. If it works, it will solve the central problem of encrypted communications - how to distribute keys without interception - promising hack-proof communications. The encrypted message itself can be transmitted normally after the key exchange.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/wor...

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Simulation of what you would see if you fell into a Black Hole.

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The camera goes inside the black hole only when the video ends. Due to the extreme bending of space and time the black hole starts to fill up the whole view. The small sphere in the end is the light of the whole universe falling in after the camera from every direction. As the light falls in it gains energy and due to the limited speed of light it blue shifts to infinity. Even the faintest electromagnetic sources would turn in to visible blue light and beyond. You would also see the universe go very far into the future if you could stay there.

When the screen goes black the camera is inside the event horizon. Every direction now points to the center singularity. Time literally flows towards the center and there is no way out. Even if you could go faster than the speed of light there would not be anywhere else to go. What happens at the center nobody knows, safe to say the camera would brake due to extreme tidal forces.

Due to the extreme bending of time inside the black hole there might be many singularities formed by the matter falling before and after the camera has fallen in. It would probably get sandwiched between singularities and be torn to pieces.

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How Big Is A Fart?

Q: How much space does a fart take in your body?

A: fivethirtyeight.com/fe...

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"It’s impossible to say exactly how much space a generic fart takes up in the body. I can, however, tell you about the range of specific farts, as captured in scientific experiments. For instance, a 1997 study of 16 Americans found a volume-per-fart range of 17 milliliters to 375 milliliters.1 Imagine a bottle of nail polish — that’s a rough analogy for the volume of the daintiest of poots. Now imagine a can of soda. That’s the volume of a really big stinker. Your body is a wonderland."

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Uber to use autonomous cars to haul people in next few weeks

Uber passengers in Pittsburgh will be able to summon rides in self-driving cars with the touch of a smartphone button in the next several weeks.

The high-tech ride-hailing company said Thursday that an unspecified number of autonomous Ford Fusions with human backup drivers will pick up passengers just like normal Uber vehicles. Riders will be able to opt in if they want a self-driving car, and rides will be free to those willing to do it, spokesman Matt Kallman said.

Uber, which has a self-driving research lab in Pittsburgh, has no immediate plans to deploy self-driving cars beyond the Pittsburgh experiment. But its CEO, Travis Kalanick, has said the ride-sharing company's future—indeed, the future of all transportation—is driverless.

Read more at: ys.org/news/2016-08-ub...

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Tesla isn't alone with cars that can nearly drive themselves

"I don't think Tesla is way ahead in terms of the technology. They view themselves as a technology company, so they're going to push it," said Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurer-funded group.

Pushing it is important. Automakers are feeling pressure to make sure tech companies like Google and Apple don't leapfrog them with driverless cars of their own. They also see dollar signs: Ford CEO Mark Fields says car companies currently make $2.3 trillion in revenue each year. The global transportation business, including buses and car sharing, is worth $5.4 trillion per year. Carmakers that develop autonomous taxis or ride-sharing services could get a big slice of that pie. But if they aren't cautious enough, and driverless cars are deemed unsafe by consumers or regulators, a potentially life-saving technology might not make it to market. Critics have accused Tesla of pushing too far too fast following a crash in Florida that killed the driver of a Model S with Autopilot engaged.

Read more at: ys.org/news/2016-08-te...

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This stuff seems like decent craic (apart from the wee bokes)

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The Problem With Renewable Energy (and how we're fixing it)

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Enter the Deadliest Garden in the World

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Self-driving car race sees flurry of partnerships

ys.org/news/2016-08-se...

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lol

Fake human sacrifice filmed at Cern, with pranking scientists suspected

Spokeswoman at high temple of particle physics suggests ‘scientific users’ of the Geneva facility ‘let their humour go too far’ with staging of occult rite

The European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) has launched an investigation into a video filmed at night on its Geneva campus depicting a mock ritual human sacrifice.

The video, which circulated online, shows several individuals in black cloaks gathering in a main square at Europe’s top physics lab, in what appears to be a re-enactment of an occult ceremony.

The video includes the staged “stabbing” of a woman. It is filmed from the perspective of a secret viewer watching from a window above who, as the ceremony reaches its climax, lets out a string of expletives and flees with the camera still running.

www.theguardian.com/sc...

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has Pav's fingerprints all over it

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Yeah ... that was a mock ceremony

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The world's first self-driving taxis will be picking up passengers in Singapore starting Thursday.

Select members of the public will be able to hail a free ride through their smartphones in taxis operated by nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software startup. While multiple companies, including Google and Volvo, have been testing self-driving cars on public roads for several years, nuTonomy says it will be the first to offer rides to the public. It will beat ride-hailing service Uber, which plans to offer rides in autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, by a few weeks.

Read more at: ys.org/news/2016-08-wo...

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Self-driving electric cars are definitely one thing I’m looking forward to, I think in order to help expedite the process the Government should make it law and force all Petrol Stations over a certain size to have at least 2 car parking places come complete with fast charging spots.

The ability to drive into town for a drink, send your car home and then call it back to pick you up later that evening via an app would be fantastically useful. You could completely redesign cars with more internal space by removing the need for a conventional dashboard and allowing the front seats to swivel round to face your passengers for a bit o craic on long journeys.

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Why would you go to a petrol station to charge your car?

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Because they're perfectly geographically positioned already adjacent to major roads. So it makes sense to put charging there.

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Jesus clean, ain't it obvious.. as Andy says they're fucking everywhere with the big ones having convenient shaps and with a few hybrids about as well it makes perfect sense

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What i mean is its the wrong way to think about evs. Vehicles should be charged when they arent being used and stationary. Why travel to a station to charge your car. I understand if its a long journey and you cant get there on one full charge, even then you are probably going to stop for a rest somewhere. We should be investing in puttin charging points in residential areas and businesses where you park your car not using the old model of petrol stations. Just because they are everywhere doesnt make them a good idea. And anyway there cant be much of a profit margin on a 30min charge of electricity so i imagine its a dead business anyway if electric vehicles do take over.

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Always nice to get the....

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1,000th post

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