Category archives: Technology

Closer to quantum Internet

Closer to quantum Internet

Computer scienceQuantum physics

By Daniel Manzano

Quantum computers are one of the most promising technologies under development, and all their promises are completely justified. Quantum systems are extremely expensive to compute, where “expensiveness” can be measured either by the memory or the computational time required in classical computers. But it should be much cheaper if the computer uses quantum mechanics rules […]

MI weekly selection #16

MI weekly selection #16

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Our metastable universe Under the simplest assumptions, the measured mass of the Higgs could mean the universe is eventually unstable and destined to fall apart. Scientific American Could flow batteries back up electric grids? To power flow batteries, two aqueous electrolytes held in different tanks are pumped through a membrane into a separate chamber, causing […]

MI weekly selection #15

MI weekly selection #15

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Bat-eating spiders are more common than you think Bat-eating spiders are more common in the world than once believed. These spiders are found on all continents except Antarctica. Almost 90% of the web-building spider and tarantula species live in warmer climates, and can capture bats both with and without a web. LiveScience Nyffeler M, Knörnschild […]

MI weekly selection #14

MI weekly selection #14

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

3-body problem gets 13 more possible solutions Scientists have come up with 13 new solutions to the “three-body problem,” a situation in which three objects orbit each other in a pattern. The discoveries, which will help astrophysicists further understand planetary systems, brings the total number of solutions to 16. Science now Milovan Šuvakov, V. Dmitrašinović […]

MI weekly selection #13

MI weekly selection #13

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Bunnies implicated in the demise of Neanderthals in Iberia Excavations are shedding light on what might have been a significant factor in the demise of the Neanderthal: the inability to hunt small game. The remains of large animals are prevalent in Neanderthal cave excavations, but the bones of smaller animals such as rabbits were prevalent […]

Laser spectrochemistry beyond Earth’s boundaries: Curiosity’s Chemcam

Laser spectrochemistry beyond Earth’s boundaries: Curiosity’s Chemcam

ChemistryPhysicsRobotics

By Paola Vega

It is well known that an accurate and energetic laser shot can melt, ionize and excite the material in which the light is focused, creating very bright plasmas after the interaction. Valuable information can be obtained from the light emitted by the plasma, such as the elemental composition of the material itself or the environment […]

MI weekly selection #11

MI weekly selection #11

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

“Native” water once existed on the Moon A new analysis of lunar soil samples from NASA’s Apollo missions has found evidence that the moon in its early days may have contained “native” water. The findings, which were published in the journal Nature Geoscience, go against prevailing theories that the moon formed from the debris of […]