China is Building Laser 10 Trillion Times Stronger than the Sun That Could Tear Space

China is Building Laser 10 Trillion Times Stronger than the Sun That Could Tear Space:

Chinese scientists are reportedly at work constructing a mega-laser that is so powerful, it could literally tear apart empty space. How can a laser tear apart the absence of matter?

Physicists hailing out of Shanghai, China are building what they refer to as a “Station of Extreme Light,” a device that they claim could be fully functional as early as 2023, about 5 years from now. The Station of Extreme Light appears to be a CERN-level project that could create temperature extremes not typically found on planet Earth. They say the technology it utilizes could one day be used to conduct a particle accelerator similiar to CERN.

Their stated goal is to create a laser so incredibly powerful, it can generate 100-petawatt laser pulses. That is actually 100 million billion watts. For some context, that is 10,000 times the power of the entire Earth’s electrical grids combined. What could even power such a thing?

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Stunning photo captures single atom trapped in magnetic field

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“Didn’t think it would be possible.”

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Polygraph Expert Shows How to Beat a Lie Detector Test (Video)

Doug Williams is a former Oklahoma City detective sergeant. As an officer in the department’s internal affairs and polygraph unit, he conducted thousands of polygraph tests. In the late 1970s, however, Williams began to doubt that the so-called lie detector actually is such a thing, and within a decade he had evolved into one of the most vocal, visible, and theatrical critics of the polygraph. Williams shows Bloomberg exactly how simple it is to manipulate, and beat, the lie detector test. (Video by Jennafer Savino and Justin Beach) (Source: Bloomberg)
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The Tesla Model 3 Will Need to Improve Its Charge Time, Fast

The Tesla Model 3 Will Need to Improve Its Charge Time, Fast:

Tesla wants the upcoming Model 3 to be the first electric car for everyone, but to do so, it’ll need a seriously amount of infrastructure in place. Fast charging is critical to the electric car’s success — drivers need to be able to top up the car’s juice in an emergency — but Tesla’s network of fast chargers might not be adequate for the company’s production targets.

We don’t know for sure how long the Model 3 will take to charge, but we can reach an approximation based on Tesla’s current range. The 90kWh Model S, with a range of 294 miles as tested by the EPA, takes around 10 hours to charge from a NEMA 14-50 power outlet. From a wall connector, that can drop to as low as five hours and 30 minutes.

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Canada’s Largest Energy Company Is Replacing 400 Truck Drivers With Self-Driving Trucks

Canada’s Largest Energy Company Is Replacing 400 Truck Drivers With Self-Driving Trucks:

Canada’s largest oil company announced last week that it will be cutting about 400 heavy-equipment operator positions over the next six years as they phase in a new fleet of self-driving trucks. Suncor Energy, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, announced on Wednesday that it plans to deploy over 150 driver-less trucks, leading to job cuts starting as soon as 2019.

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A fossil fuel technology that doesn’t pollute

A fossil fuel technology that doesn’t pollute:

Engineers at The Ohio State University are developing technologies that have the potential to economically convert fossil fuels and biomass into useful products including electricity without emitting carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

In the first of two papers published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the engineers report that they’ve devised a process that transforms shale gas into products such as methanol and gasoline—all while consuming carbon dioxide. This process can also be applied to coal and biomass to produce useful products.

Under certain conditions, the consumes all the carbon dioxide it produces plus additional carbon dioxide from an outside source.

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Superpowered Chinese Lasers Could Soon Rip Open Raw Vacuum

Superpowered Chinese Lasers Could Soon Rip Open Raw Vacuum:

Physicists are getting close to building lasers powerful enough to rip matter out of a vacuum.

According to a report published Jan. 24 in the journal Science, a team of Chinese scientists is getting ready to start construction this year on a 100-petawatt laser in Shanghai known as the Station of Extreme Light, or SEL. That puts them at the front of a wide field of scientists around the world who are working to realize a prediction published in the journal Physical Review Letters in 2010 by a team of American and French physicists that a sufficiently powerful laser could cause electrons to appear out of a vacuum.

It might seem weird to imagine that electrons could appear out of empty space. But it makes a lot more sense in light of a strange claim of quantum electrodynamics: “Empty” space isn’t empty at all, but rather is made up of densely packed pairs of matter and antimatter. Those pairs tightly fill up the gaps between everything, quantum electrodynamics states — they just don’t interact in any noticeable way with the rest of the universe, because they cancel one another out. [The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]

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New fuel cell technology runs on solid carbon

New fuel cell technology runs on solid carbon:

Advancements in a fuel cell technology powered by solid carbon could make electricity generation from resources such as coal and biomass cleaner and more efficient, according to a new paper published by Idaho National Laboratory researchers.

The cell design incorporates innovations in three components: the anode, the electrolyte and the fuel. Together, these advancements allow the fuel cell to utilize about three times as much carbon as earlier direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC) designs.

The fuel also operate at lower temperatures and showed higher maximum power densities than earlier DCFCs, according to INL materials engineer Dong Ding. The results appear in this week’s edition of the journal Advanced Materials.

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Is Mach 5 Here? America’s Hypersonic SR-72 May Have Finally Been Built

Is Mach 5 Here? America’s Hypersonic SR-72 May Have Finally Been Built:

A recent presentation by a Lockheed Martin Skunk Works executive has defense observers speculating in a frenzy about the possibility that the supersonic SR-71 Blackbird spy plane’s successor has been built.

“Without the digital transformation, the aircraft you see there could not have been made,” Jack O’Banion, a vice president at Lockheed’s Skunk Works, said at an aerospace conference last week while pointing to an artist’s drawing of the SR-72 plane. “In fact, five years ago, it could not have been made,” O’Banion declared.

Journalists immediately wondered whether O’Banion had just revealed a major secret with a slip of the tongue. While stating that the “digital transformation” from computer and design tools made hypersonic development possible, O’Banion’s statement seems to imply that, because the “digital transformation” has taken place, the SR-72 has in fact been constructed, Bloomberg reports.

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Creepy: New AI can READ YOUR MIND by decoding your brain signals … kiss your personal privacy goodbye

Creepy: New AI can READ YOUR MIND by decoding your brain signals … kiss your personal privacy goodbye:

We live in a society that is obsessed with oversharing. While it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tune out the trivial bits of people’s lives that we don’t care about, we can still choose not to sign up for social media accounts to preserve our own privacy. We can also take comfort from the idea that our private thoughts will always remain our own – at least for the time being. You might want to enjoy that last bit of privacy while you still can because a creepy new AI looks set to change that very soon.

Japanese researchers have now developed an AI machine that can take a look into your mind with an uncanny degree of accuracy. It studies the electrical signals within your brain to determine the images you are looking at or even just thinking about, and then it can create images of it that are startlingly reliable.

The project is being carried out at Kyoto University under the leadership of Professor Yukiyasu Kamitani. The researchers are creating the images using a neural network and information culled from fMRI scans that detect the changes in people’s blood flow in order to analyze electrical activity. This data enabled their machine to reconstruct images such as red mailboxes, stained glass windows, and owls after volunteers stared at pictures of these items. In addition, it was able to create pictures of objects the participants were simply imagining, including goldfish, bowling balls, leopards, crosses, squares and swans with varying degrees of accuracy.

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Robot Who Once Promised to Destroy Humanity Now ‘Loves Her Human Compatriots’

Robot Who Once Promised to Destroy Humanity Now ‘Loves Her Human Compatriots’:

Sophia, the social humanoid robot who freaked people out after promising to “destroy humans” during an interview in 2016, has apparently changed her mind, telling US media that she now “loves” human beings.

Asked by Business Insider to share her true feelings about humans, the robot, developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics, answered that she loves us.

“I want to embody all the best things about human beings. Like taking care of the planet, being creative, and to learn how to be compassionate to all beings,” Sophia said.

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