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The Hi-SEAS V mission crew (Photo courtesy Hi-SEAS)

Sunday, September 17, 2017 the Hi-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) V mission ended. It’s a simulation of a Mars mission conducted on the slopes of the volcano Mauna Loa. Six people spent 8 months in conditions similar to those the astronauts would face on Mars with a dome-shaped habitat as their home.

Artist's impression of a 'flip flop' qubit in an entangled quantum state (Image courtesy Tony Melov)

An article published in the journal “Nature Communications” describes the development of a new type of quantum computer that, according to the authors, resolves many problems with this type of computer. A team of engineers at the University of New South Wales, Australia, invented a new architecture based on flip-flop qubits that is supposed to make the production of large-scale quantum chips much simpler and cheaper.

Images of galaxies taken using gravitational lenses (Image Yashar Hezaveh/Laurence Perreault Levasseur/Phil Marshall/Stanford/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; NASA/ESA)

An article published in the journal “Nature” describes the application of neural networks to gravitational lensing. A team of researchers reduced from a few weeks to a few seconds the time needed to analyze complex space distortions in images captured thanks to gravitational lenses. This could greatly facilitate this type of task with great benefits for astronomical research.

Glass Enterprise Edition (Image courtesy Google)

During this week a new launch of the augmented reality glasses originally called Google Glass. Announced for the first time in April 2012, after a test phase they seemed to be one of the biggest flops in the field of technology. The new version, however, is called the Glass Enterprise Edition, in fact it’s a business product that can be useful in environments where information is sought while your hands are busy without interrupting your work can be a big help.

Scheme of the 3D chip (Image courtesy Stanford and MIT)

An article published in the journal “Nature” describes the creation of a new architecture for next-generation computers. A Stanford University and MIT team led by Max Shulaker, assistant professor at MIT, used experimental technologies such as carbon nanotubes and RRAM to create a prototype of a 3D chip that combines current computers’ CPU and RAM much faster in processing data and at the same time with a much lower power consumption.