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Currency that can't be forged? Quantum mechanics could make it a reality – if only physicists can devise a code that can't be cracked
In God we trust; all others must pay cash Sign
on a market stall
THERE is something special about cold,
hard cash. Perhaps it is that its value is guaranteed by the government
of the day, or that you can stash it under the bed when a banking
collapse threatens. Maybe it is the freedom that cash allows: the
ability to live without banks or credit cards or taxes.
Quantum physicists think a lot about
cash. Not just any old money, you understand. They think about quantum
cash. Quantum banknotes aren't like credit cards or dollar bills. They
are simply information: a mixture of bits - the 0s and 1s that we use to
send electronic transactions - and quantum bits, or qubits, that are
governed by the laws of quantum mechanics and can be both a 0 and 1 at
the same time.
Since quantum money is just
information, it can be stored and transmitted just like a digital
picture or a text file. But because it has quantum properties too, it
cannot be copied. It is this combination that makes quantum cash so
attractive: whoever is in possession of it has exclusive and unequivocal
ownership of it, just as with hard, physical cash and unlike a credit
card. That is not the only use for quantum cash, though. To physicists,
quantum cash is a toy problem, a sort of test case with which to study
the strange properties of quantum mechanics.
Now the theoretical foundations are
almost in place that could one day allow quantum cash to become a
reality. These techniques could potentially be useful for other
applications, too, such as making software impossible to pirate.
The idea of quantum money was first
suggested in 1968 by Stephen Wiesner, a physicist then at Columbia
University in New York. He envisaged creating a banknote containing
light traps that could somehow store a few dozen photons. Being quantum
objects, photons can never be counterfeited thanks to something called
the no-cloning theorem. This states that quantum objects can never be
perfectly copied since any measurement of the original also destroys its
ability to be a 0 and a 1 at the same time and forces it to be one or
YOU’VE GOT THE WRONG GUY!! by Sean Miramontes “Shovelhead Seany”
Life was good in ‘05 when I bought my rollin’
chassis from a friend. I was so excited. I had only ridden a Harley once
before, though I had owned other bikes.
I worked in construction and believed that if you put in your 40 hours,
you can do anything you want the rest of the time. And I did. I was drinking,
surfing every day in the Monterey Bay a couple of blocks from my house, and
getting into trouble.
But you never know what life is gonna throw at
That December my girlfriend Macmillan told me
she was pregnant. In an instant I went from a 35-year old boy to a man. I had
never had a dad, so all I wanted was to be there for my own child. This was my
new goal in life and it changed everything. I stopped screwing around in my
spare time and also decided to stop breaking my back for someone else and
instead work toward getting my General Contractor’s License.
For some time my arm and shoulder would hurt,
but I chalked it up to pounding the hammer. I would also get chills even when
it was 90 degrees outside. In June of ‘06 though, I started having back pains
like I’ve never experienced before. I had to sleep on the couch sitting up
because I didn’t want to disturb Macmillan. The pains were unbelievable. A pain went through me like a bolt of lightning one
time when I twisted my back. Three days after that I couldn’t walk. I was
paralyzed from the waist down. Macmillan rushed me to the ER, where I got an
I’ll never forget that day, May 15, 2006. I lay
on my back for the first time in months, Mill sitting at the foot of my bed
seven months pregnant. The doctor came in and gave me the old good news-bad
news routine. “You have a strong back,” he said, “ but the bad news is that
it’s covered in cancer from neck to toe -- probably lymphoma.” I looked over at
Mill as her head dropped. Then I said to the doctor, “You and the cancer have
got the wrong guy! I’m a fighter!” Nothing like a good scrap now and then, and
this fight was for real and it was on.
I was admitted to the hospital and started meds,
radiation and chemo right away. Mill would come in at the start of visiting
hours every day. When I saw her smile no matter how hard it was for her, I knew
what I had to do, she was the best reminder. She and my good friend Benji
helped me in ways they’ll never know, no matter how much I thank them. I guess
staying alive would be the ultimate thank you.
After a week, on my last day I finally met my
real doctor, Dr. Pomeroy. He walked in with a bowl of cut-up fruit (don’t ask).
Stuffing fruit into his mouth with his hand, he said, “We finally meet. I’ve
been avoiding you all week. I hear you’re a great guy that has a lot on his
plate, and frankly I’ve been trying to figure out how to save your life.” I
said, “Don’t worry about my end, I’ve got it handled!”
He said, “ Good, because you have Stage 4
Lymphoma, with a softball sized tumor surrounding your spine, and it’s eating
away at your sciatic nerve.” I’m really mad at this point. My whole world was
crashing down. The reality hadn’t kicked in yet, but I knew the battle was just
beginning. I asked him how long before I would walk again. “That’s up to you,”
he said, still stuffing fruit in his mouth. He was a cool dude, though, and
also said to me, “You and I are going to know each other for the rest of your
The next day I got my crutches and hobbled down
my street despite having no feeling in my legs -- walking on instinct and will
-- and I went to see the ocean. All the way, I was thinking, “There’s no way in
hell I’m going be a victim of this disease!”
Everyday Benji would come over to check on me
and bring whatever I needed. Twice a week for six months, he drove me for chemo
treatments, hung out with me, then took me home after I was fully marinated. I
tried driving there myself once, and the doctor got really upset with me since
I had no feeling in my legs. He said, “Who cares about you! What if you hit
some kid?” I didn’t try that again!
On August 26, 2006, my beautiful son Mason was born.
We looked the same -- hairless. After chemo was finished in November, I was
told I was in the clear. Other than not being able to walk, which had its own
challenges, I was glad it was over. I won the fight!
Or so I thought.
The next April the old pains that I knew all too
well were back. Dr. Pomeroy ordered another MRI, then broke the news that the
cancer had returned and it was in my neck. He wanted me to start chemo right
away, but then told me that the only thing that was going to save me now was a
bone marrow transplant, and that we had to start looking for a donor. Round 2
with this crap. Now I was really pissed off. But this time I have my son’s eyes
looking back at me. This was war!
Meanwhile the bills were stacking up. We had one
yard sale after another selling practically everything we had. I even had to
sell my surf boards since I couldn’t surf anymore. That was hard, but selling
my rollin’ chassis was harder. Having to sell it was breaking my heart because
deep down I was trying to hold on to hope. I put it on Craig’s list and got a
call from a man named Jeff Kempshall from JLK Precision in San Bruno. He wanted
to come down to pick up the bike, but was going to have a Harley mechanic named
Dale come check it out first. I had just met Dale! He was a neighbor of mine.
After Dale inspected the bike, he called Jeff and told him it all looked good.
Dale told me not to worry, that when I get better, he would help me build my
dream bike. That gave me hope after all. A little sacrifice now might be worth
it in the long run.
Jeff showed up that night at my door. He was a
big, intimidating biker dude who had been in Vietnam. I told him why I was
selling the bike, and he almost crumbled. Then he told me how he’d been
stepping out of his own box lately and was in a play at a church in Half Moon
Bay (about 50 miles north). He invited me and my family to come see it. The
church was on Miramontes Drive. “Then I have to come!” I told him. “Miramontes
is my last name.” I’m a believer in signs and like to go with that type of
flow. I never like to pass up opportunities, if the flow is right. So Mill,
Mason and I went and had a great time. A few days later Jeff and his wife
Sherall showed up at my door with diapers and food for us. God bless those two.
I was riding my bicycle to chemo trying to build
my legs, even though I couldn’t feel them. I also focused on getting my
contractor’s license and studied my ass off while going through chemo and
radiation. I had failed the exam a few times before, but this time I was
I had asked my sister Krysel to take the bone
marrow test and, miraculously, she was a perfect match! A big blow to my buddy,
Lymphoma. All Krysel’s and my childhood arguments were out the door. Now she‘s
my hero, as well as my son’s, although he doesn’t know it yet. She donated her cells on her birthday,
September 27, and the nurses even brought her a birthday cake. It took six
hours and was pretty painful for her.
What a sister!
The bone marrow transplant, which is a blood
transfusion, was set for the next day. Before the procedure they gave me
powerful chemo and radiation treatments that took me right up to the point of
death. It’s almost like they kill you before they put in the new cells. People
with a bone marrow transplant are basically reborn, so in a sense my sister and
I have the same birthday now, and weird as it seems, we have identical DNA.
While I was in the hospital, I asked for a
stationary bike to be put in the room so I could bike everyday and build up my
strength. I wanted to have the healthiest body possible when I went for the
transplant. The chemo included steroids that would jack me up, so I would bike
until I was sweaty and hot. I also studied for my exam the whole time. No TV
for me. The nurses were amazed.
For the next three months I could not go outside
in the sun and also had to wear a respirator to avoid germs and spores. I got a
test date for December when I wouldn’t need the respirator anymore. I passed
the damned thing and got my General Contractor’s License. I finally put cancer
on its ass. I sure was proud.
A hard thing that happened right after my
transplant, though, was my Australian shepherd, Cedar, died. His legs had been
giving out and he was very weak. Cedar loved Mill and followed her everywhere,
but when she went away for a short time, he died. I felt like Cedar had taken
my cancer away when he died, and like he didn’t want to be a drain on us.
It would take about a year and a half to see if
the transplant was successful. And even then doctors don’t want to utter the
other C word -- Cured -- for fear of
jinxing it. One year later I could walk, though, and I felt healthy enough to
go back to work, even though it was against the wishes of my bone marrow
doctor, Dr. Lowsky. I also dug my way out of debt and started saving for my
dream bike that I felt I deserved!
I told Dale I wanted an “old school” look with a
kick-start only. He advised me to get a Paughco rigid wishbone frame. I called
up my buddy Jeff and had him get me one for me. When I picked up my frame from
his shop, it felt like another blow to the cancer!
Dale showed up at my house with a Chrome horse
4-speed tranny with a 3” belt drive, along with many other parts. I didn’t know
a damn thing about mechanics, much less building a chopper. I was a carpenter.
I didn’t even have a full ratchet set, for God’s sake!
I spent every day in my garage fabricating with
my sawsall and grinder, dreaming about the first ride. The search was on now
for a motor. One day I saw Dale down the street looking bummed out. I asked him
what was up. “Fast Harry died,” he said. I didn’t know who that was, but told
him, “Sorry Bro,” and left him to his thoughts. I had been so close to death I
didn’t want any part of it. A few days later Dale came to my house and told me
the 96” S&S motor in the bike Harry had been riding was available and still
good. He asked if I wanted to buy it. Being a believer in signs and that God
has a plan, I had some doubts and thought about the negative energy that could
come with the motor from the bike Harry had died on, but I bought it anyway and
was told that Harry would have wanted it that way. He had been a great biker.
I finally have the heart to my bike. Dale
brought over his tools and borrowed a welder from his friend Ken from Ken’s
Auto Body. I had to learn to weld, though I had some experience from working
for the railroad after high school. Ken’s cousin Mark gave me a great-looking
Mustang tank, too.
My dream of building my own bike was getting
close. I worked day and night, assembling and disassembling. It was looking good, but had a new look, and
I wanted the old school look. Dale agreed to trade my S&S for his
Shovelhead -- a 96” with dual plug heads, STD polished case, S&S barrels
with a stroker kit. He brought his bike over, which he also had built from
scratch, and we switched. I pulled everything off, rattle-canned it flat black,
then started reassembling. The thing was a monster. Dale and I kept saying what
a BMF it was!
It was now New Year’s, January 1, 09’, a year
and a half post-transplant. Dale came over to help with the finishing touches
on the bike. We gave thanks to the Harley Gods and “saged” the bike -- a Native
American Indian ceremony using sage to keep away negative spirits. Then we gave
the bike its life blood -- oil. I was just a few kicks away from coming out of
hell and into a whole new life.
In one final kick, she fired up! I was screaming
and crying, running around trying to find my helmet. I was so nervous when I
got on it. It was loud and vibrating, it had a 3’ open belt drive. The sound of
a shovelhead is like no other. I got on the beast and went around the block,
slowly. My dog Wrangle chased me the whole way, barking and biting at me and
the bike. When I got back to my house, I was crying and shaking because I knew
I won! I won! I beat cancer for good. Screw you, Cancer, you got the wrong guy.
Life can be auspicious. You have to open to it,
even be thankful for the tragedies and the pain. It’s funny how it all works.
Cancer isn’t the end, it’s only the beginning. Never give up hope, fear is the
real disease. Sometimes you have to hit the throttle, or you’re just not
I just take it day by day, which isn’t as easy
as it sounds. Macmillan -- a biker chick now -- and Mason and I are doing well,
and I am cancer free. We also have a new life on the way. Another chance to be
a good dad. Without my family, life would be meaningless and impossible, and I
might not be alive at all. Or able to ride my bike! Now we “live to ride and
ride to live strong.” Let’s roll!
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Page. The Hindu Tantrik home page: An excellent Tantra site,
from Mike Magee and associates, with many good pages with masses
of reliable information, including good graphics, translations of
key texts, and lots of Tantra links.
The Mage's Guide to the Internet. A very
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Third Eye Activation and Basic Usage
by Rene Muller who used to have the SpiritWeb Site, now closed. It used
to have extensive site which includes stuff on reincarnation,
meditation, Yoga, Theosophy, Mysticism, plus Glossaries and a neat
Spiritual Subjects Search Engine.
Service of Mankind
Church, site of the "Essemian Sanctuary of the Goddess" in San
Francisco. Supposedly "based on Kashmir Shaivite Mysticism" and
the concept that "there can be no greater Service of Mankind to
Goddess than his obedient surrender at Her feet", this page is
more S & M/domination than mainstream
The Kali Mandir, a
loosely-knit group of individuals from various spiritual and
ethnic backgrounds who love God in various forms, especially in
the form of Kali. We love to worship Her, sing bhajans and spend
time in the company of devotees." Has entry to a Kali shrine.
...a foreseeable transformative event will happen on or near this year.
That event is that the trend of exponentially accelerating technological capability (the ability to inform matter...or "information") will hit the elbow of the hockey stick...that is, the line representing this trend, when charted on a graph, will change from near horizontal to near vertical.
Even now, brain function is being mapped; individual genome mapping and manipulation is progressing rapidly; nanotechnology is being applied through biotechnology to medicine. These things are happening fast, and accelerating. Our experience of the world is also changing quickly through the internet, and it's rapidly proliferating new applications.
When you imagine the moment when this acceleration itself accelerates by an order of magnitude, you get an event horizon.
In reality, it's just a continuation of what has been happening forever, throughout evolution, and history. The very idea of evolution, vis a vis "revolution," is that rather than a cyclical series of repeating events, you get a series in which each milestone marks a change, or transformation, that is more complex, more advanced, more adapted to circumstances, than previous versions. The fossil record verifies this.
So this sudden flash in which humanity as a whole will be able to process, contain and apply information will certainly constitute a drastic change. Whether is has anything to do with astronomical alignments, or if Mayans could foresee the event, seems to me mostly speculation.
However, there is a good change with our increased processing power, humanity as a whole will know a lot more about the implications and causes of this event when it happens.
For charts that map these exponential trends in detail, see Ray Kurzweil's "The Singularity Is Near."
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REYKJAVIK (Reuters) –
An Icelandic volcano is still spewing ash into the air in a massive
plume that has disrupted air
traffic across Europe
and shows little sign of letting up, officials said on Friday.
One expert said the eruption could abate in the coming days, but a
government spokesman said ash would keep drifting into the skies of
The thick, dark brown ash cloud has shut down air traffic across
northern Europe and restrictions remained in place in many areas.
said it had resumed some limited flights in the north of the country.
"It is more or less the same situation as yesterday, it is still
erupting, still exploding, still producing gas," University of Iceland professor
Armann Hoskuldsson told Reuters.
"We expect it to last for two days or more or something. It cannot
continue at this rate for many days. There is a limited amount of magma
that can spew out," he added, saying it was the magma, or molten rock beneath the
Earth's surface, coming out of the volcano that turned into ash.
"The eruption is ongoing and we are not expecting any change in the
production of ash...High level winds will keep dispersing the plume over
Europe," he said.
The eruption has taken place under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier,
normally a popular hiking ground in southern Iceland.
Another professor said on Thursday that the heat had melted up to a
third of the glacial ice covering the crater, causing a nearby river to
burst its banks.
Icelandic radio said part of the ring road that goes around the small
north Atlantic island had been swept away.
To the east of the volcano, thousands of hectares of land are covered by
a thick layer of ash.
The cloud of ash from the eruption has hit air travel all over northern
Europe, with flights grounded or diverted due to the risk of engine
damage from sucking in particles of ash from the volcanic cloud.
The volcano under the Ejfjallajokull glacier, Iceland's fifth largest
glacier, has erupted five times since Iceland was settled in the ninth century.
Iceland sits on a volcanic hotspot in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and has relatively
frequent eruptions, although most occur in sparsely populated areas and
pose little danger to people or property. Before March, the last
eruption took place in 2004.
(Reporting by Omar Valdimarsson; writing by Patrick Lannin; Editing by
The organization "Russian Underwater Expeditions" is created to join
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The members of "Russian Underwater Expeditions" regularly appeared on
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There are not so many blank spots on the Earth, but still you can find
unexplored nooks somewhere. Our aim is to capture, describe and store
information not only on video, but also in our life. If it's congenial
to you - you are welcome to be a member of "Underwater Expeditions".
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So many answers, so much time. What comes after winter solstice? Spring equinox? Easter? Washington's birthday? Or, was that winter solstice 1892...in which case, a whole bunch of more solstices and equinoxes.
In think all the legal hullabaloo misses a big part of the point. The problem with health care is not just if people have access to it, but how effective it is.
The solution to quality of care, as well as access, is to open up the process of clinical testing. It shouldn't cost a lot of money. People would try anything for free, and sign legal waivers.
Then, not only would all medicine become cheaper, but we could also make tests to prove how things like diet, lifestyle, and herbs might be just as effective, both for cures, and health maintainence, as phramacuiticals and more invasive techniques.
(PhysOrg.com) -- A medical device that works rather like an inkjet printer is being developed in the US to heal burns and other wounds by "printing" skin cells directly onto the wound. The device, called a bioprinter, may reduce the need for skin grafts. It would be mounted on a wheeled frame and positioned over the bed of the patient.
Beaming Power to UAVs, Space Elevators, and Someday, Earth: The LaserMotive Plan
Think it’s possible to shoot down a swarm of buzzing mosquitoes in
mid-air? Or maybe you want to power up a remote flying vehicle? Tom
Nugent is your man. The Seattle-area entrepreneur just might be the most
versatile guy with a laser you’ve ever met.
Yes, a laser. Until recently, Nugent worked in the laboratory of
Bellevue, WA-based Intellectual Ventures, the invention company led by
Nathan Myhrvold, where one of his projects was the so-called “photonic
fence.” This effort has gotten
lots of media attention, most recently for an impressive demo at
the TED conference in February. That’s where Myhrvold showed a video of a laser burning the wings off a flying
mosquito in super slow-motion. The idea is this technology, implemented
on a larger scale, could help prevent the spread of malaria or protect
crops against flying pests.
But Nugent’s focus now is on something that might be more practical:
power beaming. That means using lasers to deliver energy to remote
sensors, vehicles, or base stations. It’s a two-way trick: the receiver
has to have a solar cell to convert the laser’s energy into electricity.
But as long as the solar cell is viable, the technology could be useful
in any situation where installing a wire is impractical, where
batteries run down, or where it’s too expensive to truck in fuel.
Can't say I don't hope hear of the lightness overshadowing the darkness in your upcoming writing...perhaps as the same happens to the length of the Finnish days. But as always, your writing is good, and I look forward to seeing more of it.