What are electron configuration calculators and why do they matter?

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) researcher, Michael Shulman, has an article in the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory about electron configuration machines, which are the heart of quantum computing.He writes, “The first electronic circuit consists of a single bit of silicon, a single resistor, and a small voltage divider, and the second electronic circuit is made […]

‘I’ll never forget’ a family of rare elements that may be the key to finding alien life

The discovery of rare, metallic elements in the form of arsenic and magnesium could provide a crucial clue to life’s origins.The discovery could lead to a new approach to identifying the building blocks of life.The elements were found in a volcanic rock called calicheng and, in the process, exposed to the intense radiation that occurred […]