Global Engineering

The Batteries of The Future

Batteries power our world, from the smartphones in our pockets to the electric cars that are gaining immense popularity. But the batteries that we make use of every day aren’t the most efficient, and many scientists around the world are hard at work creating new types of next-gen batteries to fulfil a growing need for more powerful batteries.  Continue reading “The Batteries of The Future”

Top Geoengineering Solutions to Global Warming

So far, global political efforts to curb climate change have been slow and fraught with delays. In the meantime, scientists across the globe have turned their attention to geoengineering to try and find solutions in time to save our planet from rising greenhouse gas emissions.

Scientists and engineers have suggested a few different approaches to protecting the atmosphere, and ultimately, geoengineering is the largest-scale intervention we have to counteract climate change within earth’s natural systems.

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Understanding the Science Behind Solar Sails

On July 23, 2019, it was officially revealed by the Planetary Society that LightSail 2 had deployed its cutting-edge solar sails. The innovation is intended to further humanity’s plans for space exploration, and its launch came as a huge milestone for The Planetary Society – the world’s largest non-profit space exploration organisation.

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Exploring Modern Rocket Propulsion Systems

While many believe that the rocket is a product of a modern world, the technology actually dates back to 11th century China, where early chemists at the time were discovering the power of gun powder.

Over the years, many scientists around the world have taken the technology and refined to the point where rockets are able to generate enough thrust to not only lift off of the ground, but to propel themselves out of the planet’s orbit.

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4 Renewable Energy Projects That Will Change The World

With the increased seriousness of climate change and the amount of carbon emissions that we are putting into the air, it’s become imperative to create alternative, renewable forms of energy production that both meet our power needs and are not harmful to the environment.

Many countries are starting their own projects that will not only meet those two criteria, but ensure a safer future for all.

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The Most Promising Quantum Computer Projects Being Worked On

Quantum computing has been a phrase that’s been working its way around the science world for the last few years. The basic idea behind a quantum computer is to create a machine that is capable of calculating processes many times faster and more efficiently than even the most advanced computers we currently have.

Quantum computing fully realised would change the world of technology as we know it. Not only would online security be completely revolutionised, but it’s the hope of many that quantum computers would be able to help many of the problems that we’re facing today, but could also make its way into other industries, such as retail, video games, and online slots Australia.

These are the companies that are currently working on the technology.

1. Intel

Intel is the world-leader in the creation of CPU units, so it makes sense that the tech giant would be working on quantum technology of their own. Tangle Lake is their latest effort to try and break into the field, and they hope to release a device that can processes up to 49 qubits at a time.

The Tangle Lake test chip was first revealed during 2018’s CES, and consisted of a 3×3 inch chip that featured 108 gold radio frequency connectors, each able to carry microwave signals from each of its qubits.

Despite the advancement, the Tangle Lake project has a long way to go, and they estimate that it will need to produce a few hundred thousand qubits in order to become a true quantum computer.

2. IBM

IBM has always been ahead in the field when it comes to creating new technologies, and the engineers at IBM have long working hard on creating a commercially viable quantum system that they hope to release to the public.

Their latest release comes in the form of the Q System One, a system that the company hopes will become more popular as scientists, researchers, and businessmen seek more powerful computing solutions.

The machine itself lives in one of IBM’s research centres, and its computational power will be made available through the cloud.

3. Microsoft

Microsoft’s foray into the world of quantum tech sees them at a distinct advantage over most of its competitors thanks to its rank as the most valuable company in the world. The researchers at Microsoft are looking to make their version of the quantum computer truly scalable, hoping to give a much larger audience access to the tech.

Their machine makes use of ground state degeneracy and electron fractionalisation, meaning that they split an electron in half and utilising two ground states, which makes the computer far less vulnerable to quantum noise.

4.Google

The Internet giant hasn’t been left out of the race, and their most notable addition to the quantum race is their Bristlecone, a 72-qubit gate-based superconductive chop that was released by the company’s AI Quantum laboratory.

Bristlecone is being designed to act as a proof-of-concept for future projects,, and they will use it to test hardware, software, and algorithms.