KernelMuncher writes: Dr. Nicolas Gisin is a Swiss quantum physicist who specializes in photon research. In 2001, Gisin co-founded a company called ID Quantique that now provides data security that is virtually impossible to breach to various banks and governments.
The primary quantum tool at work in ID Quantique's quantum communication scheme is known as "entanglement," a phenomena in which two particles — in this case individual photons — are placed in a correlated state. Under the rules of quantum mechanics, these two entangled photons are inextricably linked; a change to the state of one photon will affect the state of the other. Any tampering with the photon in transit would change the state of the entangled photon still in the sender's possession, raising a red flag. The sender could then simply discard the intercepted key and generate another.
Will this technique work ? Has quantum physics gone from abstract theory to everyday use ?
KernelMuncher writes: Tesla founder Elon Musk wants to revolutionize transportation yet again. The serial entrepreneur envisions a future where mag-lev trains in enormous pneumatic tubes whisk us from Los Angeles to New York in 45 minutes. Need to be in Beijing tomorrow? No problem. It's a two-hour ride away.
Called the Hyperloop, Musk described his transportation system as "a cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table," at a conference earlier this year.
KernelMuncher writes: Australia's Royal Air Force has been left red-faced after a job ad asked applicants to solve a complex math problem was revealed to be unsolvable. The service posted the puzzle in a bid to attract the country's best minds to its ranks. "If you have what it takes to be an engineer in the Air Force call the number below," it read above a complicated formula which candidates had to crack. But there was a slight difficulty. The problem had typos and ended up not giving potential operatives the correct contact information.
KernelMuncher writes: Curricula and research projects related to drones are cropping up at both large universities and community colleges across the country. In a list of 81 publicly funded entities that have applied for a certificate of authorization to fly drones from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), more than a third are colleges. Schools — and their students — are jockeying for a position on the ground floor of a nascent industry that looks poised to generate jobs and research funding in the coming years. “We get a lot of inquiries from students saying, ‘I want to be a drone pilot,’” says Ken Polovitz, the assistant dean in the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
KernelMuncher writes: A Norwegian man may be about to get lucky – all thanks to Facebook. Petter Kverneng persuaded his high school crush, Cathrine Johansen, to have sex with him if he got 1 million likes on Facebook, and social media users immediately rushed to his aid. The 20-year-old’s salacious stunt, which reportedly started as a prank, hit the million mark just hours after he posted his request.
KernelMuncher writes: Research in Motion went from a sleepy Canadian backwater to the world's most innovative and fastest growing phone company in no time. Now, with its Blackberry business all but stalled, the company's future has never looked more uncertain.
KernelMuncher writes: Like rats leaving a sinking ship, Microsoft lost its 4th senior executive recently. Bob Muglia, head of the software maker’s server and tools division, will leave this summer because Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer decided the unit needed new leadership. However Muglia took over the division in October 2005 and the business’s revenue rose more than 50 percent under his watch. It accounted for 24 percent of Microsoft’s total sales in the year ended in June, making it the third-largest division. Has Ballmer just gone balmy with this firing ?
KernelMuncher writes: Almost half of large companies expected to cut IT spending
Many large companies, especially those in the financial services, utilities and telecommunications industries, have cut their technology budgets this year because of the economic slowdown.
In a report released Tuesday, Forrester Research found that 43% of large U.S. and European businesses it surveyed have cut their overall spending on technology products and services in 2008. Some companies, meanwhile, have put discretionary spending on hold and others are planning to negotiate lower rates for information-technology services.