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[slashdot] QSL : quantum spin liquid MIT Research Shows New Magnetic State That Could Aid Quantum Computing  Posted by samzenpus on Thursday December 20, @08:20PM alphadogg writes "Researchers at MIT and other institutions have demonstrated a new type of magnetism, only the third kind ever found, and it may find its way into future communications, computing and data storage technologies. Working with a tiny crystal of a rare mineral that took 10 months to make, the researchers for the first time have  demonstrated a magnetic state called a QSL (quantum spin liquid) , according to MIT physics professor Young Lee. He is the lead author of a paper on their findings, which is set to be published in the journal Nature this week. Theorists had said QSLs might exist, but one had never been demonstrated before. 'We think it's pretty important,' Lee said, adding that he would let his peers be

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Year 2030 : The Rise of China

Gov't Report Predicts Cyborgs, Rise of China for 2030  Posted by Soulskill on Tuesday December 11, @06:39PM  colinneagle writes "Yesterday the National Intelligence Council (NIC), which is made up of 17 U.S. government intelligence agencies, released the 140-page report  Global Trends 2030 Alternate Worlds . In all four of the alternative visions of the future, U.S. influence declines and it may be regarded more as a 'first among equals.' By 2030,  the West will be in decline and Asia will wield more overall global power  than the U.S. and Europe combined. 'China alone will probably have the largest economy, surpassing that of the United States a few years before 2030,' the report states. 'Megatrends' include an overall reduction of poverty and the 'growth of a global middle class.' NIC also sees a potential world of scarcities as the demand for food and water increase as the world's population swells from 7.1 billion to 8.3 billion people.

Facebook to buy Whatsapp? What's Up With Whatsapp? Facebook Might Want To Buy It, That's What INGRID LUNDEN ALEXIA TSOTSIS Whatsapp , the multiplatform mobile messaging app that has been one of the runaway success stories for ad-free, paid services, has been in talks to be acquired by Facebook, according to sources close to the matter. We're still digging around on potential price and other details about how advanced the deal is. But as mobile becomes the latest battleground in the Internet's  game of thrones , you can see how such a deal could make sense. For starters, it would be another way for Facebook to continue extending its touchpoints with mobile consumers, an area Mark Zuckerberg asserted, on the occasion of reaching 1 billion monthly active users on Facebook, would be crucial to Facebook reaching the "next billion." "The big thing is obviously going to b