China takes the lead in quantum communication satellites



BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) — China plans to send more quantum communication satellites into orbit after the successful launch of the Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) satellite, according to the chief scientist of the project.

Early Tuesday morning, the world’s first quantum satellite, nicknamed “Micius” after an ancient Chinese scientist, lifted off from a Long March 2-D rocket. After three months of in-orbit testing, the satellite is designed to start “hack-proof” quantum communications by transmitting uncrackable keys from space to the ground.

Quantum communication is ultra-secure as a quantum photon can neither be separated nor duplicated. Accordingly, it is impossible to wiretap, intercept or crack information it transmits.

“If the new satellite operates well, China will follow up with projects Micius-2 and Micius-3,” said QUESS chief scientist Pan Jianwei.

China is striving to set up the first-ever global quantum communication network by around 2030, through linking a satellite constellation consisting of dozens of quantum satellites and ground-based quantum communication networks, said Pan.

Based on this network, China will be able to establish a highly secure quantum Internet, a quantum communication industry, and a new generation of information security systems, scientists say.

Given that QUESS is a low-orbit satellite with limited coverage, it can only be used for satellite to ground quantum communication during the night to avoid sunlight interference. More quantum satellites will be needed to realize highly efficient quantum communication on a worldwide scale, Pan said.

By the end of the year, China will complete and put into operation the world’s first secure quantum communication network, the Beijing-Shanghai network.

The 2,000 km network will be used for secure data transmission in the fields of the military, finance and government affairs.

So far, several banks in China have been the first users of quantum encryption.

However, scientist say that it will take another a decade or more for quantum communication to reach individuals. This will involve intensive efforts updating Internet infrastructure and the setting of industry standards.

Meanwhile, Chinese scientists expect more uses for quantum technology in the future, including quantum computers, devices used for energy storage and transfer, as well as for ultra-precise physical and medical measurements.

The successful launch of QUESS marks China taking a lead in the fierce global competition in quantum technology.

This March, the EU announced its initiative on quantum technology with an investment of 1 billion euros (about 1.1 billion U.S. dollars), which is scheduled to launch in 2018.

Pan said that China will push forward international cooperation on quantum information technology research. The first project will test transcontinental quantum communication between China and Austria, he added.

IQ destroying chemicals, and their abundance.

IQ destroying chemicals, and their abundance.

Brief video with citations, explaining the chemical assault that is overtaking our young and our future.

IQ erosion is probably not directly cumulative ( i.e. my arrival on the number 57, a drop in the 20 range is probably more realistic ), or it can even be worse (synergistic). No one really knows, as studies are primarily done on individual chemicals and not multiple different exposures.

If you have any further questions or clarification on any study mentioned, please feel free to inquire with me. – Ralph Turchiano

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* Due to the technical nature of the video, it will not be listed in creative commons. Continue reading “IQ destroying chemicals, and their abundance.”

74 percent of parents would remove their kids from daycare if others are unvaccinated

41 percent of parents say under-vaccinated kids should be excluded from daycare, according to U-M’s National Poll on Children’s Health

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Most parents agree that all children in daycare centers should be vaccinated, and that daycare providers should be checking vaccine records every year, according to the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

All states require vaccines for children who attend daycare, but those requirements may not include every vaccine from birth to age 5 years. As a result, some children still don’t receive all recommended vaccines–leaving daycare providers and parents to decide how to handle the situation of a child who is not up-to-date on vaccines.

In this national sample of parents of child 0-5 years, most indicate that daycare providers should review children’s immunization status every year to ensure they are up-to-date (52 percent strongly agree, 22 percent agree).

“Results of this poll indicate that most parents want strong policies around making sure children in daycare are up-to-date on vaccines,” says Sarah J. Clark, M.P.H. , associate director of the National Poll on Children’s Health and associate research scientist in the University of Michigan Department of Pediatrics. “Checking vaccination records every year is beyond the scope of many state requirements, and may represent a significant change in practice at many daycares.”

The poll gave parents a scenario where 1 in 4 children in their daycare center were not up-to-date on vaccines. In response to this scenario, 74 percent of parents would consider removing their own child from the daycare.

“This scenario mirrors the national statistics that show approximately 25 percent of preschool children in the United States are not fully vaccinated,” says Clark. “Parents may not realize that so many children are not up-to-date; in some daycares, this scenario is a reality.” Continue reading “74 percent of parents would remove their kids from daycare if others are unvaccinated”

Listing of the Most Controversial Posts as of 27 NOV 2013


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