Archive for April, 2011

Are you ready for this? – Teleportation has been achieved.

News like this is what gives me that wonderful, irksome, super-thrilled adrenaline feeling in my gut – news like this makes me wish I could be around in 200 years to see the practical macro-sized application of such mind-bending technology. In the meantime, for the quantum computing world, the success of this experiment is staggering. But we’re going to have to wait a few years before we can be teleported to grandma’s house for tea…
Researchers Succeed in Quantum Teleportation of Light Waves
Like Schrödinger’s cat, teleported light is both dead and alive

By Rebecca Boyle

In a real-life use of Schrödinger’s theoretical paradoxical cat, researchers report that they were able to quickly transfer a complex set of quantum information while preserving its integrity. The information, in the form of light, was manipulated in such a way that it existed in two states at the same time, and it was destroyed in one spot and recreated in another.
The new breakthrough is a major step toward building safe, effective quantum computers.
No felines were harmed in the making of this experiment, which actually studied wave packets of light that existed in a state of quantum superposition, meaning they existed in two different phases simultaneously. This phenomenon is described in Erwin Schrodinger’s quantum mechanics thought experiment, in which a cat is simultaneously dead and alive, depending on the state of a subatomic particle…
For the complete article click here to go to Popular Science.



El Chupa-what-a?

The internet has buzzing with fresh insight into the mystery of el chupacabra, one of cryptozoology’s most fascinating and elusive beasts. This modern day vampire of the animal kingdom, traditionally thought to be a bloodsucking, dog-like creature, with a long snout and fangs, may have recently been captured on a policeman’s mounted vehicle camera. You be the judge…





Have Humans Been Flying For Thousands of Years?

You’re probably familiar with the Saqqara bird, an ancient Egyptian artifact, bird-shaped but mysterious in terms of possible function because it resembles a perfectly formed model glider more than it does an anatomically correct bird. Ancient astronaut theorists claim that the artifact is evidence that the ancient world was familiar with the principles of aviation and possibly much, much more as far as flying technology goes. Conventional scholars claim that the  artifact is nothing more than a child’s toy, a boomerang, or possibly a weather vane. Martin Gregorie, a builder and designer of free flight gliders, built a replica of the Saqqara Bird made of balsa wood. His findings support the conventional theory. However, alternative theories and research abound. I am a big believer in Atlantis, so it does not seem odd to me that humans would have perfected flight thousands of years ago – and that the knowledge of flight, even after the technology for achieving it was lost in later civilizations, would have been preserved in myth, art, and imagination. To my eyes, the Saqqara bird is a model of a technology that was lost, a technology that the Egyptians were fascinated by and hoped to recreate someday.
Here is some beautiful footage of the modern day “Smart Bird” –  Even though we are a civilization that has mastered flight, it is interesting to me that we are still so fascinated by how it works!





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