Archive for February 15th, 2018:

Musk’s Tesla to stay in space for millions of years

Image copyright SpaceX / AFP Image caption The Tesla’s paint job will suffer as it’s peppered by micrometeorites over time The Tesla car that Elon Musk launched into space is likely to stay there for tens of millions of years before crashing into the Earth or Venus. That’s the conclusion of an analysis by Czech

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Crypto-currency craze ‘hinders search for alien life’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption If there is intelligent life out there, it might be broadcasting signals across the universe Scientists listening out for broadcasts by extra-terrestrials are struggling to get the computer hardware they need, thanks to the crypto-currency mining craze, a radio-astronomer has said. Seti (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) researchers want to

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Quantum computers ‘one step closer’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Quantum computing has taken a step forward with the development of a programmable quantum processor made with silicon. The team used microwave energy to align two electron particles suspended in silicon, then used them to perform a set of test calculations. By using silicon, the scientists hope that quantum computers

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