Thought for the month
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
Epictetus, Greek philosopher (c50-135AD)
Wednesday, 1 January 2020
Monday, 28 October 2019
Friday, 25 October 2019
Monday, 21 October 2019
Friday, 18 October 2019
It may be post vacation blues, but it is difficult to avoid a feeling of malaise when absorbing current events. From climate change to national politics, it is not easy to be sanguine. However, solutions are often found in a mix of "something must be done" and "KBO". Amidst this lot it was pleasing to note a Boston University study found that individuals with greater optimism are more likely to live longer and to achieve “exceptional longevity,” that is, living to age 85 or older. Pragmatic optimism sounds good to me.
Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Monday, 14 October 2019
Friday, 11 October 2019
Nominations are now open for the Young Scientists Prizes in Semiconductors Physics awarded by the IUPAP for outstanding contributions to semiconductor physics and its applications. Winners will have a maximum of 8 years of research experience following the award of their PhD.
Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Monday, 7 October 2019
Last month the Financial Times reported on a scientific paper, briefly published on a NASA website before being deleted, claiming that Google has built a quantum computer that achieved quantum supremacy. A plain text version has been anonymously posted on-line. It says that Google created a quantum computer with 54 quantum bits and used it to perform a very specific set of operations in 200 seconds that would take a supercomputer about 10,000 years to complete. One summary is: rudimentary quantum computer is better being at being a rudimentary quantum computer than a supercomputer
Thursday, 3 October 2019
This year’s Ig Noble Prizes continue to demonstrate the weird and wonderful spread of scientific achievements. The Georgia Tech team added to their 2015 award with the Physics Prize for How Do Wombats Make Cubed Poo? [It helps them mark their territory]. Japanese scientists rightly won the Chemistry Prize for Estimation of the total saliva volume produced per day in five year old children. [500 ml].
Friday, 23 August 2019
Funding for fusion start-ups is putting a big strain on the companies that make the high temperature superconducting tape needed for the advanced magnet technology. Many such HTS companies are considering significantly increasing their production capabilities with PVD Products proven R2R deposition tools.