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Physicists Foretell Quantum Internet With Entangled Photon Router
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When we make the move to quantum computers, we’ll need a quantum internet. And that’s why a team of researchers at Tsinghau University in China have built what they call the world’s first quantum router.

Often called the holy grail of the tech world, a quantum computer uses the seemingly magical principles of quantum mechanics to achieve speeds well beyond today’s machines. At the moment, these counterintuitive contraptions are little more than lab experiments, but eventually, they’ll instantly handle calculations that would take years on today’s machines.

The trick is that whereas the bits of a classical computer can only hold one value at any given time, a quantum bit — or qubit — can hold multiple simultaneous values, thanks to the superposition principle of quantum mechanics.

But if we build a world of quantum computers, we’ll also need a way of transporting quantum data — the multiple values so delicately held in those qubits — from machine to machine. Led by post doctoral researcher Xiuying Chang, the Tsinghau University team seeks to provide such transportation, and though their work is still largely theoretical, they’ve taken an important step in the right direction.

“Their router isn’t practical right now,” says Ari Dyckovsky, a researcher with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) who specializes in quantum entanglement, “but it adds another reason that people should keep researching in this area.”

Yes, there are already ways of moving quantum data between two places. Thanks to quantum entanglement — another mind-bending principle of quantum mechanics — you can move data between two quantum systems without a physical connection between them. And you can send quantum data across a single fiber-optic cable using individual photons.

But for a true quantum internet, you need a way of routing quantum data between disparate networks — i.e., from one fiber-optic cable to another — and at the moment, that’s not completely possible. The problem is that if you look at a qubit, it’s no longer a qubit.

In a classic computer, a transistor stores a single “bit” of information. If the transistor is “on,” for instance, it holds a “1.” If it’s “off,” it holds a “0.” But with quantum computer, information is represented by a system that can an exist in two states at the same time. Thanks to the superposition principle, such a qubit can store a “0″ and “1″ simultaneously. But if you try to read those values, the qubit “decoheres.” It turns into a classical bit capable of storing only one value. To build a viable quantum computer, researchers must work around this problem — and they must solve similar problems in building a quantum internet.

The internet is all about routing data between disparate networks. A router uses a “control signal” to route a “data signal” from network to network. The trouble with a quantum router is that if you read the control signal, you break it. But in a paper recently published to the net, Xiuying Chang and her team describe an experiment in which they build a quantum router — complete with a quantum control signal — using two entangled photons.

“This leads to more freedom to control the route of quantum data,” Luming Duan, who worked on the paper, tells Wired, “and I believe it is a useful device for future quantum internet.”

As described by Technology Review (http://www.technologyreview.com/view/428706/first-demonstration-of-a-quantum-router/)
the team begins the experiment with a photon that exists in two quantum states at the same time: both a horizontal and a vertical polarization. Then they convert this single photon into two entangled protons — which means they’re linked together even though they’re physically separate — and both of these are also in a superposition of two quantum states. One photon serves as the control signal, and it routes the other photon — the data signal.

The rub is that the method isn’t suited to large-scale quantum routing. You can’t expand it beyond the photons. “It is a nice check that coherence is maintained while converting between polarization and path entanglement, which will be an important operation for a large-scale quantum network,” says Steven Olmschenk, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Denison University. “But as the authors are careful to point out, the implementation that they have demonstrated cannot be scaled up, and is missing some of the key — and hard — features that will be necessary in a more general implementation.”

In other words, the experiment only transmits one qubit at a time — and the quantum internet needs a bit more bandwidth than that.

But this will come.

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Swiss man claims to have video evidence of UFO above his town.

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If aliens were to visit the Earth, is it possible that they might be looking for secure and confidential banking facilities?

A Swiss man claims to have captured video evidence of a UFO hovering over his town as fireworks were set off during celebrations for the the country's National Day.

The video shows a strange white and purple light shining against the inky black of the sky, which he claims must be a alien spacecraft using the fireworks as cover for an excursion into Swiss airspace.

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China policemen admit trying to cover-up Heywood murder: court

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Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:36am EDT

HEFEI, China (Reuters) - Four Chinese policemen admitted on Friday to attempting to protect the wife of powerful politician Bo Xilai from suspicion of the murder of a British businessman, an official said, in another damaging development for the ex-Politburo member.

The official's statement, given after an 11-hour hearing barred to non-official media, formally establishes for the first time that there was an attempted cover-up of the murder of businessman Neil Heywood and comes just a day after Bo's wife, Gu Kailai, chose not to contest a charge of poisoning Heywood.

Neither the official account of Gu's closed-door trial, the most politically explosive case in China in three decades, nor that of Friday's proceedings mentioned Bo by name. But the legal noose appears to tightening around the brash politician who cast himself as a leftist alternative to China's rulers.

Court official, Tang Yigan, told reporters in the eastern city of Hefei that the four - police from Bo's former power base of southwest Chongqing, the vast municipality where Heywood was killed last November - had found that Gu was a prime suspect.

"By falsifying interview records, concealing evidence and other means, they covered up the fact that she had been at the scene," Tang said, adding that one of the four policemen, Guo Weiguo, was a friend of the Bo family.

"They also agreed on deeming Heywood's death to have been a sudden death caused by drinking and on not establishing a criminal case," he added.

"They also induced Neil Heywood's family to accept the conclusion that it was a sudden death after drinking, and they did not carry out an autopsy and carried out a cremation."

Formal verdicts for Gu and the four policemen - Guo Weiguo, Li Yang, Wang Pengfei and Wang Zhi - are to be handed down at a later date, the court said. Bo's former Chongqing police chief, Wang Lijun, has yet to be indicted, though the South China Morning Post has said Wang's trial could follow next week.

Gu and a family aide are accused of poisoning Heywood at a Chongqing hotel after a business dispute between her and the Briton turned personal. Chongqing police sources told Reuters before her trial that Bo had ordered a cover-up after being told by Wang in January that Gu was the chief suspect.

The murder scandal erupted after Wang dramatically sought temporary refuge in a U.S. consulate in February, just weeks after he was said to have confronted Bo with Gu's involvement.

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Bo was sacked as Chongqing boss in March and his wife was publicly accused of Heywood's murder in April, when Bo was also dumped from the Politburo and detained on an accusation he had violated party discipline - code for corruption, abuse of power and other misdeeds.

Until then, Heywood's death had been attributed to a possible heart attack brought on by too much alcohol.

Chen Guangwu, a criminal defense attorney who has followed the Chongqing case closely, said he expected the verdicts against Gu and the four policemen to come in about two weeks.

"But they won't delay for too long, because this case is being heard in order to pave the way for dealing with Bo Xilai himself," said Chen, who is based in Shandong province.

"This case is in part about testing the waters for that. That is, they will sentence her and see what reaction there is in society and public opinion."

Bo's downfall has stirred more public division than that of any other party leader for more than 30 years. To leftist supporters, Bo became a charismatic rallying figure for efforts to reimpose party control over dizzying and unequal market growth.

But he made some powerful enemies among those who saw him as a dangerous opportunist who yearned to impose his harsh policies on the entire country.

(Additional reporting by Chris Buckley and Ben Blanchard in BEIJING and Reuters TV in HEFEI; Editing by Mark Bendeich and Robert Birsel)

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ARE HEALTH FITNESS AND THE OLYMPICS DEFEMINIZING WOMEN?

Ever since Twiggy the ultra thin model and the Mia Farrow types came on the scene..I wonder..

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Three more U.S. soldiers killed by Afghan in grim day for NATO

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Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:49am EDT

KABUL (Reuters) - Three U.S. Marines have been shot dead by an Afghan worker on a military base in southern Afghanistan, in a deadly 24 hours for NATO-led forces during which six American soldiers were killed in rogue attacks.

The shooting took place on Friday night in the Garmsir district of Helmand province, where three U.S. special forces soldiers were killed by an Afghan policeman and comrades earlier in the day.

"Let me clearly say that those two incidents clearly do not reflect the overall situation here in Afghanistan," the chief NATO force spokesman, Brigadier-General Gunter Katz, told reporters on Saturday.

The three Marines were shot by a base employee who turned a gun on them, in the third rogue attack in four days. Foreign military sources said the man had not been wearing a uniform and it was unclear how he got hold of the weapon.

The gunman had been detained and a joint Afghan-NATO investigation team was reviewing security and looking into the reason for the attack.

In the earlier attack, an Afghan police commander and several of his men killed three U.S. Marines in darkness early on Friday after inviting them to a Ramadan breakfast to discuss security.

The three men were all Marine Corps special operations forces and appeared to have been killed in a planned attack by rogue Afghan forces. NATO calls such incidents green on blue attacks.

The NATO force says there have been 26 such attacks on foreign troops since January in which 34 people have been killed. Last year, there were 21 attacks in which 35 people were killed.

But a coalition spokesman said the killings by the Afghan worker would not be included in that tally as it did not involve a member of the Afghan security forces.

Green on blue shootings, in which Afghan police or soldiers turn their guns on their Western colleagues, have seriously eroded trust between the allies as NATO combat soldiers prepare to hand over to Afghan forces by 2014, after which most foreign forces will leave the country.

"SUMMING UP MOOD"

But Katz said the incidents were relatively isolated and were not hurting cooperation between foreign forces and the 350,000-strong Afghan Security Forces.

"We have almost 500,000 police and soldiers working together, side by side, enhancing their trust and enhancing their cooperation in order together to fight for a better future for this country," he said.

NATO has directed its forces to increase measures against rogue attacks, including placing armed "guardian angel" soldiers on duty in areas where troops gather, such as gyms and meal halls. Soldiers are also required to travel in pairs in Afghan base areas and carry weapons at all times.

The majority of rogue shootings, Katz said, were due to personal disagreements between Afghan forces and their Western mentors, or were due to combat stress, rather than successful infiltration of the security forces by insurgents.

The Afghan military has also placed intelligence agents within Afghan units to watch for signs of rogue attacks, with dozens of Afghan police or soldiers moved to other bases following disagreements with foreign soldiers.

"Together with our Afghan partners we look into procedures, how to mitigate these incidents," Katz said.

Last month, an Afghan policeman opened fire on British soldiers in Helmand province, killing three in an attack claimed by the Taliban, and a gunman in uniform killed foreign trainers working for NATO in western Herat province, killing three.

A Taliban statement posted on Twitter said the attacks were "clearly summing up mood of Afghan nation towards foreign occupation".

Violence in Afghanistan is at its fiercest since U.S.-led Afghan troops overthrew the Taliban government in 2001. Insurgents have extended their reach from traditional strongholds in southern and eastern areas to parts of the country once considered safe.

At least six civilians were killed on Friday in Helmand when a roadside bomb blew up their vehicle.

(Additional reporting by Mirwais Harooni; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Published on Aug 10, 2012 by Hugh Efoow

On December 11th, 1996 an incredible "UFO event" took place along a 216 km (134 mile) stretch of the Klondike Highway in the Yukon Territory, Canada. The sightings occurred in three major areas along the highway: Fox Lake, The Village of Carmacks, and The Village of Pelly Crossing. The giant UFO had been observed by more than 31 witnesses.

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Crystal,

I've been talking with several friends who have just recently mustered out after 3-4 tours in both Afgan and Iraq,

John just came back 3 months ago from Afgan and when asked why these attacks are increasing he said 'Anyone who wants to become law enforcement just walks in off the street and are never asked or vetted as to their intent! Taliban and al-Qaeda can just walk in be trained and attack at will or when ordered too!"

Now I know this is anecdotal but these guys are people I would trust my life to and have worked with these security forces! I tend to agree that this is probably true!

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I've been talking with several friends who have just recently mustered out after 3-4 tours in both Afgan and Iraq,

John just came back 3 months ago from Afgan and when asked why these attacks are increasing he said 'Anyone who wants to become law enforcement just walks in off the street and are never asked or vetted as to their intent! Taliban and al-Qaeda can just walk in be trained and attack at will or when ordered too!"

Now I know this is anecdotal but these guys are people I would trust my life to and have worked with these security forces! I tend to agree that this is probably true!

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What are our troops supposed to do to protect themselves if this is true? How are they supposed to do their jobs if they are constantly looking over their shoulder at the "law enforcement officers" they are assigned to work with?

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Nuclear ruse: Posing as toymaker, Chinese merchant allegedly sought U.S. technology for Iran

By Joby Warrick, Published: August 11

The Chinese toymaker said he was seeking parts for a “magic horse,” a metal-framed playground pony. But the exotic, wildly expensive raw material he wanted seemed better suited for space travel than backyard play.

His shopping list, sent by e-mail to a Seattle factory, started with 20 tons of maraging steel, an ultra-strong alloy often used in rockets. The buyer didn’t flinch at the price tag — $2 million — but he repeatedly insisted on secrecy. “This material,” an associate confided in an e-mail, “are danger [sic] goods.”

Only in recent months did the full scope of the ruse become apparent. The destination for the specialty steel was not China but Iran, and the order had nothing to do with toy horses, U.S. investigators say.

“We are certain,” said a law enforcement official familiar with the case, “that the metal was meant for advanced centrifuges in Iran’s nuclear program.”

Last month, the Justice Department announced indictments against two people, one Chinese and the other Iranian, for conspiring to acquire maraging steel and other restricted American technology. U.S. officials say the case is part of a broader effort by Iran to dramatically expand its capacity to enrich uranium — with Chinese firms serving as willing accomplices.

The United States and its European allies have imposed ­ever-escalating sanctions intended to cut off Iran from sensitive technology and restricted material required for its nuclear program and to reduce its access to the global oil market. The goal is to stop Iran’s progress toward what the West believes is a nuclear arsenal, even as Iran maintains that its nuclear efforts are strictly part of a civilian energy program.

Maraging steel is a critical material in a new, highly efficient centrifuge that Iran has struggled for years to build. Barred by sanctions from buying the alloy legally, Iranian nuclear officials have sought to secretly acquire it from Western companies. In recent years, U.S. officials say, an increasing number of Chinese merchants have volunteered to help, serving as middlemen in elaborate schemes to obtain the steel and other forbidden material for Iran’s uranium enrichment plants as well as its missiles factories.

“They are not just stumbling on opportunities,” said Steve Pelak, the Justice Department's counterespionage chief. “They are professional, studied procurement agents and shippers. They know precisely what business they’re in and how to go after it.”

The Seattle case is at least the fourth in the past two years in which companies based in China have been accused of helping Iran try to purchase sensitive technology. Although Iran has used Chinese go-betweens in the past, U.S. officials said sanctions have forced the isolated and besieged Iranian government to rely increasingly on China for economic help and access to restricted goods.

A senior Justice Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing investigations, said, “As some countries have retreated from the Iranian market with the imposition of increased sanctions, many Chinese companies appear to have moved into the void.”

Although the Obama administration has praised China for reducing its imports of Iranian oil in recent months, bilateral trade between Tehran and Beijing surged in the previous decade, from $2.5 billion in 2000 to $29.3 billion in 2010. The increase has softened the impact of international sanctions, U.S. officials and independent analysts say.

With the latest case, however, U.S. warnings about Iranian-­Chinese collusion have gained new urgency. If Iran can buy enough maraging steel on the black market, it can build more-efficient centrifuges, which will enrich uranium much faster than the machines it now uses.

“It is a major bottleneck in Iran’s production,” said David Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector and author of a new study on Iranian procurement of nuclear technology. While Iran appears to have the know-how to make better centrifuges, the shortage of high-strength materials demanded by the new version — particularly maraging steel and carbon fiber — has prevented its scientists from producing more than a few hundred for testing, he said.

Officially, the Chinese government opposes a nuclear-armed Iran, and U.S. officials say Beijing has been a helpful ally during recent international negotiations aimed at pressuring the government to scale back its nuclear program. In addition, there is no evidence that China has provided nuclear assistance to Iran directly since the early 1990s.

Yet, despite repeated U.S. protests, Chinese businessmen continue to offer crucial assistance to Iran’s procurement efforts without fear of punishment or censure, U.S. officials and nuclear experts say.

An unusual order

Perhaps the most striking fact about the toy-horse plot, investigators say, is that it was discovered at all. The tip came in late 2008 from an obscure Homeland Security program that involves occasional factory visits by U.S. officials to guard against foreign pilfering of sensitive U.S. technology.

During a visit to a Puget Sound steelmaker, an export manager there told a U.S. official about a bizarre query he had gotten from China.

“It was a gigantic order: 20 tons of maraging steel,” recalled a law enforcement official familiar with the case.

The mention of maraging steel raised eyebrows because of the alloy’s use in missiles and centrifuges. Months passed with no follow-up to the initial inquiry from the prospective buyer, and efforts by U.S. officials to investigate the unusual order reached a dead end.

In the spring of 2009, a new query from China turned up in the steelmaker’s inbox. This time, the buyer claimed to represent a toy company, Monalila Co., a maker of playground equipment. The company Web site showed photographs of real toys, including its premier product, Model HF450, the “Magic Horse.”

“No gas, no battery, no power, but can be ride [sic] as a horse and run smoothly on squares, parks, alleys and any other flat grounds,” read the product description, displayed beneath a photo of a black-and-white toy pony with a saddle and cottony mane.

To make its ponies, the company needed the bulk order of maraging steel, wrote the purchasing agent, who identified himself as “Yi.” Except for the names and products, the $2 million order was identical to the one from the previous year.

U.S. investigators were alerted, and they set up a sting. In a chain of e-mails, federal agents posing as salesmen teased out details about the order and who was behind it. Eventually Yi excused himself and handed over the correspondence to his boss, a man he called “Martin.” It quickly became apparent that Martin was not Chinese and had no interest in toys.

“We were able to determine that Martin’s e-mail originated in Iran,” said the law-enforcement official familiar with the case.

Over the following months the shopping list grew, as the Iranian, with increasing boldness, piled on requests — other specialty metals used in uranium enrichment, an array of machines and instruments with known nuclear applications, even a mass spectrometer specifically calibrated to measure uranium fluorine gas, a key part of the enrichment process.

Investigators determined Martin’s real identity — Parviz Khaki. As part of the subterfuge, they confronted him about the possibility that the materials would be shipped illegally to Iran. Khaki did not appear to care, Justice Department officials said in an indictment handed down last month around the time of the man’s arrest.

“Khaki discussed his motivation to make money from this transaction,” the indictment stated.

On July 13, authorities in the Philippines arrested Khaki as he was boarding a plane in Manila. He had been indicted by a U.S. grand jury on charges of running a $30 million scheme to acquire banned U.S. technology for Iran. His alleged Chinese associate, Zongcheng Yi, was also indicted. Khaki remains in custody in Manila. Yi’s whereabouts are unknown.

Persistent flow of material

Khaki’s alleged plan to ship maraging steel to Iran through China was stopped, but federal officials concluded that the network delivered other nuclear-related components and tools to Tehran. Among them were corrosion-resistant nickel alloy and special lathes to manufacture centrifuge parts.

U.S. officials say the items are among several million dollars’ worth of material and parts — from missile components to electronics for roadside bombs — that have passed through China to Iran in the past five years. The flow of Western technology to Tehran is so persistent that it has emerged as an irritant in relations between Beijing and Washington, prompting the Obama administration to dispatch two delegations to Beijing since 2010 to complain.

Chinese officials have made occasional arrests but say they can’t always know of every attempt by a Chinese entrepreneur to make a profit by helping Iran shop for technology. But given the stakes, current and former U.S. officials and Iran experts continue to press Beijing to do more.

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What are our troops supposed to do to protect themselves if this is true? How are they supposed to do their jobs if they are constantly looking over their shoulder at the "law enforcement officers" they are assigned to work with?

Crystal


Crystal,
Is there any wonder as to why so many come back with PTSD?

Our government would not back them up. Even their immediate superiors in many cases would not back them up. The politically correct morons in our State Dept and the media would surely cry for these soldiers heads on a platter for making their lives hard and interrupting their partying!

Never mind shoot the lawyers...shoot the media and drown the State Dept in their champagne! grin

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