The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for May, 2008

Pain…

is realizing that you’ve spent twenty straight hours working on a grant proposal. Fry, meet Brain. Brain, meet Fry.

Wanted: Quantum Loonies

Dude, can I get a Canadian aerospace company to win a United States federal contract and as a consequence have to fund my quantum computing research? Dalhousie research is taking a quantum leap into next-generation computing. The university has received $2 million from Lockheed Martin that will benefit the university’s basic scientific research in an…

Robert Mondavi

Robert Mondavi, who helped put Napa Valley on the world wine map has passed away age 94. The most famous story about Mondavi involves a fight: The Mondavis moved to Napa, and Cesare, Robert and Robert’s younger brother, Peter, ran the winery. But there were disagreements about how the winery should be run, and after…

Chronotron

I’m a sucker for any game which involves time travel. If only now I could go back in time and use my time more wisely than I did by playing that silly game.

Scientists Without Borders

Interesting new website from the New York Academy of Sciences: Scientists Without Borders: Scientists Without BordersSM aims to mobilize and coordinate science-based activities that improve quality of life in the developing world. The research community is already promoting areas such as global health, agricultural progress, and environmental well-being, but current communication gaps restrict its power.…

Over at the Optimizer’s place, the Optimizer compares libertarians and those who believe in the many worlds interpretation of quantum theory. (Key Ron Paul apologists in three, two, one…) An amusing comparison. So if many worlders are the libertarians of interpretations of quantum theory, what political parties do the other interpretations of quantum theory fall…

Be sure to watch out for the Pacific Northwest tree octopus!

Teacher of the Year

For a second straight year, the winner of the U.S. Teacher of the Year, is a University of Washington graduate. Of course I’m not supposed to say that, as not bragging is an sacred northwest tradition. (Did you know that the University of Washington receives the second most federal research funding of any institute in…

Video Games for Science

Science is full of hard problems. One hard problem is protein folding. Indeed vast amounts of computer power have been thrown at this problem. So one wouldn’t think that the computer we’ve got sitting on top of our body would be much use for this problem. But is this true? Can humans fold proteins better…

Automata

From a student today in office hours before today’s midterm: “How many times will the word automata appear in the test, including its use in acronyms like DFA, NFA, GNFA, and WTFA?”