A trapped-ion pair may help scale up quantum computers

An ion-trap chip (at center) is used to hold two calcium and strontium ions still as the qubits they house become entangled. The inset shows a magnified, false-color image of light scattering from each ion in the trap as they are laser cooled. Qubits made from strontium and calcium ions can be precisely controlled by technology that already exists. Of the many divergent approaches to building a practical quantum computer, one of the most promising paths leads toward ion traps. In these traps, single ions are held still and serve as the basic units of data, or qubits, of the computer. With the help of lasers, these qubits interact with each other to perform logic operations.     Lab experiments with small numbers of trapped ions work well, but a lot of work remains in figuring out the basic parts of a scalable ion-trap quantum computer. What kind of ions should be used? What technologies will be able to control, manipulate, and read out the quantum information stored in those ions? Toward answering these questions, MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers have turned to a promising pair: ions of calcium (Ca) and strontium (Sr). In a paper published in npj Quantum Information, the team ...

Elgi Equipments bullish on expanding presence in Europe

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Samsung’s Hwaseong Chip Plant Out of Order for 3 Days Due To Power Outage

Yesterday Samsung’s facility in Hwaseong, South Korea, suffered a one-minute long power outage, which has led to an estimated two- or three-day recovery time to get the production line back online, as reported by Yonhap. This factory produces DRAM and NAND memory. The power outage was caused by a power cable explosion at a nearby power substation. Yonhap was informed that Samsung’s machinery suffered no major damage, however, currently, the production line is under investigation to ensure it is ready to resume operations by the weekend. Regardless of major damage or not though, any wafers that were in production would have to be scrapped, as even a very brief power outage could render them useless. These, along with any downtime until recovery is why even a brief outage can lead to significant losses. No specifics were given with regard to the extent of the damage, but for reference, in 2018 Samsung’s Pyeongtaek factory experienced a 30-minute blackout which caused about 50 billion won (US $43.3 million) in losses. All that Yonhap was able to report is that the damage is in the ‘few billion’ won range. Buffer Rubber Shock Absorber Nevertheless, in 2...

Sadly, the 9-1-1 system was perfected just about the time cell phones came along and rendered

Sadly, the 9-1-1 system was perfected just about the time cell phones came along and rendered it obsolete. Emergency dispatchers can pinpoint calls from la… Sadly, the 9-1-1 system was perfected just about the time cell phones came along and rendered it obsolete. Emergency dispatchers can pinpoint calls from landlines and get rescue equipment rolling immediately. But wireless calls? Don’t bet your life on it. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that more than 10,000 wireless callers die each year because dispatchers can’t determine their exact location, yet the commission recently approved new rules that fail to fix the problem, according to the Center for Public Integrity, a not-for-profit investigative journalism organization. The problem is that the technology used by AT&T, Verizon and other wireless carriers can provide reasonably accurate location information outside. But if you’re in a large apartment or office building, it’s a different story. The Public Integrity report told the tale of Joan Lantz, a 71-year-old South Carolina woman who called for help when she developed trouble breathing. She was unable to give 9-1-1 dispatc...

2010s Music Guide: 103 Days That Shaped the Decade Search Close Search Close

A decade is a long time. Ten years ago, Ariana Grande was a Nickelodeon teen. Taylor Swift was a country star. Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X were children. “Drip” was something drops did. “Lit” was something lamps did. Ten years ago, we didn’t have Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Tidal, Apple Music, or YouTube Music. Most people didn’t have Twitter. Now, we have them all at once, all the time, changing the ways we interact with music, and musicians, and each other. As the price of memory plummeted, and the speed of internet skyrocketed, streaming usurped traditional physical and digital media on several fronts as fans on the go took a shine to services that alleviated the stresses of hoarding discs and files, and price points that offered access to vast libraries for less than $20 a month. Over time, audiences that had chosen piracy over the prospect of paying out of pocket for individual CDs and DVDs acquiesced to paying a reasonable monthly fee for relatively unrestricted access. The speed of that shift sent shockwaves through the music industry that we’re still trying to process. Changes in the mechanics of how we listen to music dovetailed with changes in the moral fabric of the ...

These are the 28 bestselling and top-rated products of 2019

Our editors have independently selected the items featured in this article because we think they’re worth knowing about. Shop TODAY has affiliate relationships so we may get a small share of the revenue if you buy something through our links. As the year comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at some of the most popular products shoppers couldn’t get enough of in 2019. This past year we saw a slew of style, toy, electronics, food and beauty items — including the most-searched-for on Google — stand the test of time and even become TODAY viewer favorites. Yahoo contributing editor Chassie Post visited TODAY to give us one last look at the bestselling and top-reviewed products of the year. From the always-popular Instant Pot to a pair of highly-rated leggings, Post gives us the scoop on the items you’ll want to snag to kick off 2020 in style. Amazon’s most popular leggings are a favorite among TODAY shoppers and boast over 14,000 reviews. The comfy $13 leggings are made with a soft-to-the-touch “peach skin” fabric and are perfect for all body types. Available in 25 colors, this simple piece can be worn anywhere from the gym to running errands...

Teijin Frontier launches soft, tear-resistant sportswear

Please fill in your details to download the Table of Contents of this report for free. We also do customization of these reports so you can write to us at mi@fibre2fashion.com in case you need any other additional information. Teijin Frontier envisions its new fabric finding diverse applications in high-function wear, such as sports and outdoor wear, fashionwear, school and corporate uniforms and more. 100% Cotton Bedding Set High Quality Supplier Woven rip-stop fabric in which thick yarns are arranged in a checkered pattern is commonly used as a lightweight, tear-resistant fabrics for sports and outdoor wear. Current fabrics, however, have various problems in terms of hard textures, uneven surfaces in checked patterns, sometimes resulting in snagging, and low resistance to abrasion. The market has been demanding new design methods to produce rip-stop fabrics offering distinctive functions, appearances and textures. In response, Teijin Frontier has adopted a thin, high-tenacity polyester yarn and applied innovative yarn arrangement and weaving density to produce a lightweight and highly tear-resistant fabric that is ideally suited for sports and outdoor wear with its flat, even...

Pregnant Lydia Bright and Lucy Mecklenburgh pack their hospital bags together

And best friends Lydia Bright and Lucy Mecklenburgh decided to pack their hospital bags together on Thursday afternoon ahead of their births in February. The former TOWIE stars, aged 29 and 28, took to their Instagram stories to document the occasion as they modelled adult nappies. Packing for the hospital! Pregnant best friends Lydia Bright and Lucy Mecklenburgh decided to pack their hospital bags together on Thursday afternoon ahead of their births in February  Lydia, who is expecting her first child with ex Lee Cronin, shared a video of herself online shopping surrounded by boxes. She said: ‘Mine and Lucy’s afternoon is consisting of getting our hospital beds ready, I’ve added to the basket maternity pads and Lucy has already ordered these for us, come on…’ To which a giggling Lucy came into the video while wearing an adult nappy over her black leggings and grey knitted dress as she playfully danced to the camera.  BBFs: The former TOWIE stars, aged 29 and 28, took to their Instagram stories to document the occasion as they modelled adult nappies (pictured earlier this month)  Not long to go before Lydia Bright becomes a mum for the first time! A...

iPad turns 10: Why did it take a decade for Apple’s tablet to get its own operating system?

The iPad launched in April 2010, and since then we’ve seen it slowly morph into a device that’s able to stand on its own. By Jason Cipriani | January 24, 2020 — 15:49 GMT (23:49 GMT+08:00) | Topic: 2010s: The Decade in Review It’s hard to review the new iPad Pro without peering into the future and thinking of its true potential once iOS 11 is released. On Jan. 27, 2010, Steve Jobs famously sat on stage and walked the audience through what seemed like a scene straight out of Harry Potter. As he held a piece of glass in his hands, tapping and swiping through websites, a calendar, digital books, and a music library, the iPad came to be. A lot has changed in the last 10 years, both for the iPad and the rest of the tech industry, for that matter. But why did it take 9 long years for the iPad to get its own operating system, iPadOS? To understand that, you have to go back to the beginning.  The iPad went on sale in April 2010 with iPhone OS 3.2 as its operating system. The OS featured new interfaces and methods to interact with apps not found on the iPhone or iPod Touch. That same year, Apple announced iPhone OS would transition to iOS, and that’s what th...

Structural Steel Pipe Market Analysis by Size, Share, Growth, Trends up to 2025

Latest Research Report on “Structural Steel Pipe Market size | Industry Segment by Applications (Oil & Gas, Construction, Water Transmission, Transportation, Other, etc.), by Type (Spiral Weld Pipe, Double Submerged Arc Weld (DSAW), Electric Resistance Weld (ERW), Seamless (SMLS), etc.), Regional Outlook, Market Demand, Latest Trends, Structural Steel Pipe Industry Share & Revenue by Manufacturers, Company Profiles, Growth Forecasts – 2025.” Analyzes current market size and upcoming 5 years growth of this industry.The global Structural Steel Pipe market size is expected to gain market growth in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025, with a CAGR of xx% in the forecast period of 2020 to 2025 and will expected to reach USD xx million by 2025, from USD xx million in 2019. The report on Structural Steel Pipe market claims this industry to emerge as one of the most lucrative spaces in the ensuing years, exhibiting a modest growth rate over the forecast period. Enumerating a highly exhaustive outline of Structural Steel Pipe Market size, this report is also inclusive of the total valuation that the Structural Steel Pipe industry presently holds, a brief segmentation of this marke...

Turning a new page in South Australian shipbuilding

EVERYONE involved with building Australia’s new $89 billion fleet of defence ships will be on the same page — a digital page. Technology that allows ships to be designed, fitted out, built, maintained and monitored in the virtual world is coming to Adelaide in the form of at least one, if not two, digital shipyards. Get ready for a world full of 3D experiences, automation, augmented reality, simulation, cyber-physical systems, smart factories, the internet of everything and robotics. BAE Systems Australia, one of three short-listed bidders for the $35 billion Future Frigates program, says a digital shipyard in Adelaide would transform the nation’s shipbuilding industry, when it comes to pass. Spain’s Navantia and Italy’s Fincantieri are the other two companies vying for the frigates job — part of Australia’s $89 billion rolling shipbuilding program for 12 offshore patrol boats ($3-4 billion) and 12 submarines ($50 billion) in the next few decades. Most of the work will flow through to SA and WA. BAE Systems uses a digital shipyard as part of its operations in the UK. “A digital shipyard is more than just visualisation and 3D walk-throughs. That is just one element. It’s actuall...

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