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May 19 2013

Ep. 295: The Observable Universe

We understand our place in the Universe because of our direct observations. We can see the light that traveled billions of light years across space to reach us. This sphere of space is the observable universe; everything we can detect. But it’s really just a fraction of the larger, unobservable universe. Today, we’ll talk about both.

April 11 2013

Science Podcast - Australopithecus sediba, medication in animals, dark matter, and more (12 April 2013)

Jeremy DeSilva reveals the locomotion of Australopithecus sediba; Jacobus de Roode points out the similarities between medication in humans and medication in animals; Adrian Cho outlines recent advances in dark matter detection; and more.

April 15 2012

On the border between matter and anti-matter: Nanoscientists find long-sought Majorana particle

Scientists in the Netherlands have succeeded for the first time in detecting a Majorana particle.

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Quantum computer and dark matter

 

Majorana fermions are very interesting -- not only because their discovery opens up a new and uncharted chapter of fundamental physics; they may also play a role in cosmology. A proposed theory assumes that the mysterious 'dark matter', which forms the greatest part of the universe, is composed of Majorana fermions. Furthermore, scientists view the particles as fundamental building blocks for the quantum computer. Such a computer is far more powerful than the best supercomputer, but only exists in theory so far. Contrary to an 'ordinary' quantum computer, a quantum computer based on Majorana fermions is exceptionally stable and barely sensitive to external influences.

 

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