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Google using $10m quantum computer to understand Glass future

Google using $10m quantum computer to understand Glass future

Google has used some of the most advanced computing technology, quantum chips in the D-Wave computer it has bought with NASA, to address one of the most basic issues in its Glass wearable: figuring out if users are blinking on purpose or involuntarily. The perhaps humdrum implementation, revealed for the first time this week in a film about the technology, has seen the quantum computer - which is based at Google's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab - bring its ability to examine complex multiples of possibilities effectively simultaneously to bear on refining the algorithms involved in Glass and its non-traditional control systems.

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NASA Juno spacecraft to streak past Earth on October 9

NASA Juno spacecraft to streak past Earth on October 9

Back in August of 2011, NASA launched a spacecraft called Juno on a mission to study Jupiter. With the vast distance between the Earth and Jupiter, NASA scientists had to devise a way to get the spacecraft up to an incredible rate of speed. To achieve the high velocity required scientists used the gravity of the Earth and the sun to slingshot Juno into space at speed ultimately at around 165,000 mph.

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Comet ISON passes Mercury on its trip towards the sun

Comet ISON passes Mercury on its trip towards the sun

It's been a bit over a year since we first got word that a new comet had been discovered that might be the brightest comet seen from the Earth in decades. The reason comet ISON was so exciting for scientists is because it will pass incredibly close to the sun and could put on one of the brightest light shows ever seen from the surface of the Earth. That is assuming the sun doesn't destroy the comet during its close pass.

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Curiosity Rover finds no evidence of methane on Mars

Curiosity Rover finds no evidence of methane on Mars

One of the main goals of putting the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars was to help determine if the planet could've harbored life in the past, or perhaps still has life on its surface or under. Prior to putting Curiosity on the surface of the red planet, measurements taken from Earth and by orbiting satellites and sensors suggested that methane might be present on the surface of Mars.

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NASA retires Deep Impact comet-bashing spacecraft after a month of silence and 5 billion miles

NASA retires Deep Impact comet-bashing spacecraft after a month of silence and 5 billion miles

Almost a decade ago, NASA sent a spacecraft called Deep Impact into space, tasking it with providing the agency with information about comets. This was achieved by bashing the space rocks open, sending particles from the comet spinning free to be analyzed by researchers. Now, after about nine years and traversing nearly 5 billion miles, the spacecraft has officially been retired after disappearing last month.

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NASA ends Google’s discounted Pentagon jet fuel purchases

NASA ends Google’s discounted Pentagon jet fuel purchases

Google founders Larry page and Sergey Brin operate an impressive fleet of private jets that the search giant uses for various reasons. Many of the company's aircraft are based at a government airfield in California where they are able to buy jet fuel from the Pentagon at a significant discount. Reports indicate that following talks between the Pentagon and NASA this year, Google's ability to purchase discounted jet fuel has been ended.

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NASA Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space: first human-made object to do so

NASA Voyager 1 reaches interstellar space: first human-made object to do so

The 36-year-old probe known as Voyager 1 has official reached interstellar space, a place between star systems which has never before been reached by an object made by humans. NASA has announced that Voyager 1 has reached a point 12 billion miles from our sun - that's 19 billion kilometers - and it carries with it a message from Earth. Having reached this point away from our solar system, Voyager 1 has sent back data suggesting that it's just completed an aproximately 1-year-long journey through plasma to reach its current location in space.

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