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Submission + - Quipper: A Programming Language for Quantum Coders

hutsell writes: Until now, quantum programming has been low-level instructions dealing with the quantum logic gates that control the qubits. A team of developers at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, have changed that by creating Quipper, the first high level programming language for quantum computing.

By customizing Haskell, a language suited well for physics applications, to deal with qubits and adding a small library of code for quantum properties, they were able to design their language to express instructions at a task level by bringing together algorithms in a modular way; allowing them to build the software in the same way as classical programming might be done with Java.

Since it requires testing by simulating a quantum computer on a classical computer (and incompatible with D-Wave), its best suited in its present state as a test bed for ideas and understanding how to write quantum software. In turn, it's felt this will help to influence the development of the rudimentary hardware existing today.

Submission + - Mt. Everest's Fisrt Video Broadcast Outrages Nepali Tourist Ministry

hutsell writes: On May 19th, Daniel Hughes spoke to BBC News live from the world's highest peak using his smartphone, making it the first live broadcast from Everest. (The actual video — showing the importance of oxygen along with his panoramic view — on the BBC page, is bookend with talking heads and a front-end advert.)

However, since he and his team failed to get a commercial broadcast permit (costing about 2 grand) without the Nepali Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Aviation's knowledge, officials want to impose the penalty of having them banned from obtaining climbing permits for 10 years or from entering the country for 5 years.

From Dipendra Poudel, an official of the Ministry's mountain branch: "The mountaineering rules say if you want to make a live telecast from the mountain, which is a restricted area, you have to get a permit first and inform us early about what you're going to do."

Those protesting against the decision feel the intent of the law is being misinterpreted; it's failing to keep up with the recent fundamental changes in technology.

Joanna Jolly, a former Nepal correspondent for the BBC opines: " In the past, if you were a film crew making a commercial film, this would be clear from the amount of equipment you had with you. ... The question is: Does short video clips and posting them to personal websites (or making video calls on smart phones) also qualifies as commercial broadcasting, and where do you draw the line?"

A permit that was meant to deal with ecological repercussions, doesn't seem to apply in this case. If it doesn't, is it really about disrespect, money, a tourism copyright angle, or all of the above? Then again, should the Nepal government ignore outsiders questioning their motives?

Submission + - 3D Printer Used to Save New-Born's Life 3

hutsell writes: The University of Michigan's website responds to an article featured in today's New England Journal of Medicine about there ground-breaking surgical implant.

After obtaining emergency clearance from the FDA to create and implant a tracheal splint for the baby, the specially-designed splint of specialized plastic materials made from the printer was implated into the child. The splint was sewn around the airway to expand the bronchus and give it a skeleton to aid proper growth during a 3 year period, after which it will have been reabsorbed into the body by then.

“It was amazing. As soon as the splint was put in, the lungs started going up and down for the first time and we knew he was going to be OK,” says Green.


Submission + - International Space Station Tests Interplanetary Internet (nasa.gov) 1

hutsell writes: "The ESA and NASA have successfully used an experimental version of the interplanetary Internet to control an educational rover from the International Space Station. The rover — a small LEGO robot located at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany — was driven by a NASA-developed laptop using the Bundle Protocol, which is roughly equivalent to the Internet Protocol to transmit messages between the ISS and ground Mission Control Centers; while all of the data was monitored and controlled from the University of Colorado's Engineering Center in Boulder at the University's Payload Operations Control Center.

Deputy Associate Administrator Badri Younes said in NASA's news release:

The demonstration showed the feasibility of using a new communications infrastructure to send commands to a surface robot from an orbiting spacecraft and receive images and data back from the robot, ... The experimental DTN we've tested from the space station may one day be used by humans on a spacecraft in orbit around Mars to operate robots on the surface, or from Earth using orbiting satellites as relay stations.

The DTN communication technology used by NASA enables standardized communications similar to the Internet to function over long distance delays associated with the speed of light and delays caused by planetary rotations or eclipses when communicating with other spacecraft or robotic systems. The ptrotocol developed by the Delay Tolerant Networking Research Group moves the data through the network hop-by-hop while waiting for the next link to become connected; when the link becomes available, bundles that were temporarily stored are then forwarded to the next node ."

Submission + - Disney Labs Creates a New and Unique Touch-Gesture Technology (disneyresearch.com) 1

hutsell writes: A new type of capacitive sensing technology, applicable to any type of material--both living and inanimate, has been developed at Walt Disney Research Lab in Pittsburgh, Pennsyvania. The simplistic interface (a wire and diode) connected to a bread-board circuit smaller than a deck of playing cards can recognize simultaneousy, with a high degree of accuracy, all of the touch events and complex gesture patterns generated by human hands; the technology's success relies on its unique use of multiple frequencies for touch events and machine learning software for understanding the gestures.

The name of the project under development during the last two years, the Touché, is being lead by Ivan Poupyrev with Munehiko Sato (U of Tokyo) and Chris Harrison (CMU) in conjunction with earlier hardware and software developed by Zhiquan Yeo (CMU) and Jonas Loh (Royal College of Art). Their reserach paper (a PDF) was recognized as best submission (an image) at the ACM SIGCHI Conference 2012 in Austin, Texas.

Sometimes seeing may be better than reading, even if it fails to fall into the "tl;dr" category. An overview of the application's potential, how it can interact with present touch technology and eventually replace it altogether, is shown in Disney Lab's five minute Touché Video. In addition, a specific example (with demonstrations presented at the Siggraph 2012 Exhibition in Los Angeles, California) is a four minute Botanicus Interacticus Video and a one minute Teaser (i.e. pretty) Video showing how natural--and artificially designed--plants can easily be incorporated into the technology.


Submission + - Feds Plan to Destroy Megaupload Evidence (cbsnews.com)

hutsell writes: "A filed letter from the U.S. Attorney's Office authorized the storage companies, Carpathia Hosting, Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc., to begin deleting data Thursday. If the two outside companies hired by MegaUpload to operate their web servers follows through, it will also include (as collateral damage) legitimate user content mixed with the content charged with being illegal.

The article from cbsnews said, " ... it could be deleted as soon as Thursday."; but failed to mention how this will affect the case against the seven men being charged with the crime of assisting in the millions of illegal downloads."

Submission + - FAA Creates Website for Reporting Laser-Strikes (star-telegram.com) 1

hutsell writes: "The Federal Aviation Administration has launched a website to report laser strikes on aircraft, which have rose from about 300 in 2005 to 3,129 as of Nov. 25. The FAA said major metropolitan areas report the highest number of laser strikes. The agency announced that it would impose civil penalties of up to $11,000 for people who point lasers at aircraft cockpits.

An excerpt FTA: When a laser beam broke the darkness and flooded the "bubble" of his helicopter, CareFlite pilot Scott Wallace got scared — afraid of being blinded and of crashing and dooming himself and the nurse and paramedic on board as well as anyone on the ground.

Then he got mad."

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