The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for February, 2008

Because Nature Isn’t Classical

Via the Computational Complexity (welcome back Lance), the list of accepted papers for CCC 2008 has been posted. Woot, that’s a lot of quantum inspired papers. By my count 7 of 33. Quoteth Feynman …and I’m not happy with all the analyses that go with just the classical theory, because nature isn’t classical, dammit, and…

Some days it seems the universe is trying to tell you something. The last few days, this has apparently been something to do with clothing: Self cleaning clothes. I really need these as I am in a constant battle with mustard. Via Three-Toed Sloth, A Call for Professional Attire on dressing in academia. Recently my…

The Fremont Lenin Stole Huck’s Votes!

Mike Huckabee calls the state of Washington the Soveit Union. Of course, this is old news to anyone who has been to Fremont:

The U.S. presidential candidates been invited to a debate on science. Will they come? I don’t know, but the thought of Mike Huckabee using biblical references in discussing science could lead to some very fun sentences. For example, if he wanted to get apocrypha-l, when talking about the bioethics of artificial wombs, he could bring…

Physics Justifying Gambling

Quantum theory justifying gambling? So reads this column by one Reverend Doctor Mervin Stoddart from Florida in the Jamaica Observer.

New results out of the Martinis lab at UCSB have shown single qubit gate fidelities of 0.98 for a superconducting phase qubit. This is significantly better than previous single qubit gate fidelities in their system and in any other superconducting qubit system. It is an extremely impressive number. (Seems that carefully crafted microwaves pulses were…

Must Pass Texas

As a native Californian, my sworn enemy is the state of Texas. Thus it gives me great pleasure to see that the state of Washington is tied with Texas in venture capital funding. Soon, Seattle, will rule the world! Okay, maybe not. But I love Oren Etzioni’s comment on comparing Silicon Valley to Seattle: Mr.…

Jenn

Via John Cook’s Venture blog, introducing Alaska Airlines new clippy, “Jenn”.

Two Body Problem of a Different Kind

Two faculty postions in experimental Quantum Information and Nanoscience are being advertised at the University of Bristol. The positions are a part of the Centre (not sure what that word is) for Quantum Photonics and will be housed in the new 11M Nanoscience & Quantum Information Building. Since quantum and nano are so small they…

Quantum Mario

Super Mario World vs. the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics: Those of you who know me outside of this blog will find that particular juxtaposition of physics and Nintendo very amusing.