Crafting the next generation of quantum physicists through video games

Crafting the next generation of quantum physicists through video games

With the thought of inspiring a new generation of scientists, Google’s Quantum A.I. Lab Team, in partnership with MinecraftEdu and Caltech’s Institute for Quantum Information and Matter, came up with the idea of creating a mod for Minecraft that could educate kids about quantum physics through first-hand experience and experimentation, without the kids even knowing they are practicing! They called it qCraft.

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It's hard to be a street tree

It's hard to be a street tree

In October of 2006 a lake effect storm, called 'Aphid' raged through the actual city of Buffalo (whereas, this years storm was actually south of the city). As part of the plant community, I know a narrow selection of Buffalonians, but those I know are quite passionate - they still talk of the devastation to the trees that this storm caused.

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Wildlife and the Observer Effect

Wildlife and the Observer Effect

By observing something, you change it. It’s a phenomenon that occurs in all areas of science. We don’t know what’s inside a tree until we cut it down. We can’t observe tiny organisms without disturbing them and putting them under a microscope. We can’t see into the abyss without shining a light into it. Many wild animals are very sensitive to the presence of humans and change their behavior when they know we’re around. So how much do we really know about the lives of tortoises, rhinos, bumblebees, clams, and all the rest?

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Overfishing : The Plight of our Oceans

Overfishing : The Plight of our Oceans

When was the last time you ate sushi? Fish and chips? Clam chowder? Fish tacos? Fish is delicious, and we know it. Maybe we've eaten too much though: more than global warming and ocean acidification, overfishing is the biggest problem faced by our oceans today. How much fish can we eat without adversely affecting the ocean? How much have we already taken? Read on to learn more about overfishing: what it is, the economics behind it, its consequences and how you, as an individual, can help fix it!

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