The Quantum Pontiff

Archives for June, 2009

This Is Not a Crack in the Road

Ant 1: Protect the queen! Ant 2: Which one’s the queen? Ant 3: I’m the queen! Ant 1: No you’re not! Homer: Nooo! [his head smashed the colony, and the ants float free] Ant 1: Freedom! Horrible, horrible freedom! Buzz: You fool! Now we may never know if ants can be trained to sort tiny…

Don’t Mess With Dabacon

Notice the evil smile: Circa a long time ago.

Blogroll Rearrangement

I’ve moved my blogroll from the sidebar, to a page accessible from the tab at the top of the page. I’ve also updated the list a bit, cutting out dead links and such. A few of the new blogs I’ve put on include One Honest Man (finance, humor), Physics and Cake (physics and, um, cake),…

Qubits Construction Toy

First came the qubits quiz show, and now the qubits construction toy. Okay this later one is cool because…well because it’s an awesome toy for kids of all ages (yes, I’m the guy who gives your kids blocks as a present):

Microsoft Extreme Computing Group

Dan Reed has a brief note up about a new group at Microsoft the extreme computing group (XCG) which includes among its subject areas quantum computing: XCG was formed in June 2009 with the goal of developing radical new approaches to ultrascale and high-performance computing hardware and software. The group’s research activities include work in…

I wasn’t at Quantum Information Science Workshop in Vienna, VA, but I heard that the topic of quantum computing “going black” came up at least a few times. One speaker mentioned during his talk that several of his former graduate students were now in “the black hole” of secret U.S. research programs and another expressed,…

IWODD, Would You?

The “International Workshop on Dynamical Decoupling (IWODD)” now has a web site with information on the conference Oct 5-6 in Boulder, CO: Dynamical decoupling techniques show the potential to dramatically suppress errors in quantum information and quantum control systems. To date, research in this area has been scattered between magnetic resonance experimentalists and quantum information…

Bacon Home Shopping

Via Mark, I get an unusual home shopping network:

The Secret Order of the ArXiv

The astro/physics blogosphere is all atwitter about papers the Nature embargo policy (See Julianne If a paper is submitted to nature does it still make a sound, the cat herder Hear a paper, see a paper, speak no paper, and he of less than certain principles Unhealthy obsessions of academia. He of uncertain principles loses…

David Wineland runs a world class lab at NIST Boulder which has been at the forefront of ion trap quantum computing. William Phillips is a Nobel prizing winning physicist who also does quantum computing at NIST, this time at NIST Gaithersburg. To say that these are two top researchers in quantum computing, is a massive…