First ‘Time Crystal’ Built Using Google’s Quantum Computer | Quanta Magazine

Like a perpetual motion machine, a time crystal forever cycles between states without consuming energy. Physicists claim to have built this new phase of matter…
— Read on www.quantamagazine.org/first-time-crystal-built-using-googles-quantum-computer-20210730/

Sendhil Mullainathan Thinks Messing Around is the Best Use of Your Time – People I (Mostly) Admire – Omny.fm

He’s a professor of computation and behavioral science at the University of Chicago, MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient, and author. Steve and Sendhil laugh their way through a conversation about the importance of play, the benefits of change, and why we remember so little about the books we’ve read — and how Sendhil’s new app solves this problem. 
— Read on omny.fm/shows/people-i-mostly-admire/sendhil-mullainathan-thinks-messing-around-is-the

Mars’s core has been measured — and it’s surprisingly large

Mars becomes the first inner planet after Earth to have the size of its core estimated with seismology.
— Read on www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00696-7

Real-World Applications of Blockchain Technologies

Application of blockchain technologies are beyond cryptocurrency and bitcoin. With its ability to develop more transparency, it is impacting a variety of sectors. Read out the real-world uses of blockchain technology.
— Read on www.analyticsinsight.net/real-world-applications-of-blockchain-technologies/

The Road Ahead for Taiwan-US Relations – The Diplomat

Increased U.S. support has raised hopes in Taiwan – and some of those expectations may be difficult for Washington to meet.
— Read on thediplomat.com/2021/07/the-road-ahead-for-taiwan-us-relations/

Machine learning cracks oxidation states of crystal structures | Mirage News

Chemical engineers at EPFL have developed a machine-learning model that can predict a compound’s oxidation state, a property that is so essential that many chemists argue it must be included in the periodic table.
— Read on www.miragenews.com/machine-learning-cracks-oxidation-states-of-590459/

Stacey Abrams co-founded fintech company Now raises $9.5M | TechCrunch

Abrams and O’Connor Hodgson founded Now in 2010 to provide small businesses a quicker method for getting invoices paid. When a business submits an invoice through NowAccount, the service pays 100% of the invoice, minus a 3% merchant fee.

“We sell bonds in the capital market, just like American Express does,” O’Connor Hodgson explains. “We have very low-cost capital that we’re able to give that small business their revenue immediately. And then we’ve built a system that allows us to manage the cost and risk of that, because we’re going to then wait 30+ days to get paid.”

Today the Georgia-based company announced that it has raised $9.5 million in Series A funding. The round, led by Virgo Investment Group and featuring Cresset Capital Partners, will be used to help scale Now’s offerings. It comes as the pandemic has put even more of a strain on invoices for many companies. O’Connor Hodgson says the average wait time for invoice payment expanded from around 50 days to between 70-80.
— Read on techcrunch.com/2021/06/09/stacey-abrams-cofounded-fintech-company-now-raises-9-5m/

Twitter restricts accounts in India to comply with government legal request | TechCrunch

Twitter disclosed on Monday that it blocked four accounts in India to comply with a new legal request from the Indian government. The American social network disclosed on Lumen Database, a Harvard University project, that it took action on four accounts — including those of hip-hop artist L-Fresh the Lion and singer and song-writer Jazzy […]
— Read on techcrunch.com/2021/06/07/twitter-restricts-accounts-in-india-to-comply-with-government-legal-request/