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Submission + - Russian officials are considering a plan to ban children from using WiFi (sptimesrussia.com) 1

dsinc writes: The Communications and Press Ministry has proposed banning children from using Wi-Fi networks in public, potentially making cafes, restaurants and other locations providing the service responsible for enforcing the law.

An official with the ministry’s Federal Mass Media Inspection Service, known as Roskomnadzor, said the ban should apply to people under 18 years old.

Locations providing Wi-Fi access would be held legally responsible for implementing the rule, and failing to meet the proposed measure would result in a fine ranging from 20,000 rubles to 50,000 rubles ($640 to $1,600), Vedomosti reported Thursday.


Submission + - Creating Quantum Superpositions of Living Things (technologyreview.com)

KentuckyFC writes: "Having created quantum superpositions of photons, atoms and even molecules, scientists are currently preparing to do the same for larger objects such as viruses. The technique will involve storing a virus in a vacuum and then cooling it to its quantum mechanical ground state in a microcavity. Zapping the virus with a laser then leaves it in a superposition of its ground state and an excited one. That's no easy task, however. The virus will have to survive the vacuum, behave like a dielectric and appear transparent to the laser light which would otherwise tear it apart. Now a group of researchers have worked out that several viruses look capable of surviving the superposition process, including the common flu virus and the tobacco mosaic virus. They point out that after creating the superposition, scientists will be able to perform Schrodinger's Cat experiment for the first time, which should be fun (except for the virus)."

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