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From: sixty2nds11/9/2018 1:58:24 PM
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Hat tip to Savant on the 3D printing thread...


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With 3D-Printed Bacteria, This Bionic Mushroom Turns Light Into Electricity
By Bill Andrews | November 7, 2018 10:06 am

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The bionic mushroom created by the researchers. (Credit: American Chemical Society)

“Power mushrooms” sounds like something out of Super Mario, but a lab in New Jersey has made them a reality.

Hoping to create a new source of renewable energy (and to test out some ideas), a team at the Stevens Institute of Technology engineered a symbiotic relationship between the common button mushroom, some cyanobacteriaand a few electrodes made of “graphene nanoribbons” (GNRs) — basically really thin layers of electrically conductive carbon atoms.

As a paper in Nano Letters makes clear, the results were a success and the researchers created a living mushroom that can turn light into harvest-able electricity. As a certain mustachioed plumber might say: “Yahoo!”

Mushroom MagicTo achieve their fungal feat, which the team insists on calling a bionic mushroom (guess they never had a Nintendo growing up), they turned to the near-magic technology of 3-D printing. They literally took a button mushroom, printed the GNRs on it in a branching Fibonacci pattern (inspired by nature), then printed the bacteria using “bioink” in a spiral shape on top.

All of these details were carefully chosen. The mushrooms proved better than artificial materials with similar shapes at providing the bacteria with nutrients and humidity. Cyanobacteria were the perfect choice because they’re so good at photosynthesis, “with an unmatched internal quantum efficiency of nearly 100%” according to the authors. Bascially, the tiny things are evolutionary tuned to be good at turning light into energy. The GNRs were specifically engineered to be efficient at transporting electricity noninvasively, and the different patterns of 3-D printing allowed the GNRs and bacteria to interact at multiple points.

Altogether, the team established what they call an “engineered bionic symbiosis,” combining natural and artificial components into one viable, stable network. Once they got all the right wires connected, they could shine a light on the mushroom, and when the cyanobacteria produced electric current, the GNRs would transport it off the mushroom’s cap and through the wires into the instruments.

Power-UpsTrue, it was only around 67 nanoAmps of current, but still, the point is that it works. As the study’s authors put it, “The presently developed 3D printed bionic mushroom architecture is an environment-friendly and green source of photosynthetic bioelectricity.” And as with most things electrical, these things could scale up, meaning an array of bionic mushrooms could one day power our electronics.

But the other exciting thing here is that the whole idea of engineering bionic symbiosis, and 3-D printing these things into being, really works. “We believe that techniques developed in the present research can also be extended to 3D print other bacterial colonies,” the authors continue. “Moreover, we envisage that the 3D printing bacterial nanobionics approach can organize different bacterial species in complex arrangements to investigate spatial and environmental parameters for influencing other bacterial social behaviors, such as bioluminescence and virulence.”

So the sky’s the limit in terms of what this kind of technology can accomplish. It’s enough to make even the Mario Bros. jealous.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: LIVING WORLD, TECHNOLOGY, TOP POSTS
MORE ABOUT: BIOTECHNOLOGY, ECOLOGY, ENERGY

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To: sixty2nds who wrote (24734)1/15/2019 1:03:57 PM
From: sixty2nds
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PR just now
Press Release
January 15, 2019 at 12:03 PM EST
VirnetX's Judgement Against Apple Affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
$439.8 Million Affirmed Judgement Includes Jury Verdict, Willful Infringement, Interest, Costs and Attorney Fees
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev., Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- VirnetX™ Holding Corporation (NYSE AMERICAN: VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, announced today that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit entered a unanimous Rule 36 order in the Federal Circuit case 2018-1197 titled "Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in No. 6:10-cv-00417-RWS, Judge Robert Schroeder, III" affirming the judgement issued by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in this case. The original District court judgement awarded the Company a total of $439.8 million including jury verdict, willful infringement, interest, costs and attorney fees, following the previously disclosed jury trial and verdict in the amount of $302.4 million.

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From: sixty2nds9/23/2019 8:38:50 AM
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fortune.com

Google Claims ‘Quantum Supremacy,’ Marking a Major Milestone in Computing

By
Robert Hackett

September 20, 2019

Tech Pioneers Weigh in on the Vast Potential of Quantum Computing
Humanity is on the cusp of a new computing paradigm that promises to unlock new frontiers in science, business, and beyond: the quantum computer. Expect an influx of improved medicines, materials, and even models of the universe.

In what may be a huge milestone in computing, Google says it has achieved " quantum supremacy," an experimental demonstration of the superiority of a quantum computer over a traditional one.

The claim, made in a new scientific paper, is the most serious indication yet that the promise of quantum computers—an emerging but unproven type of machine—is becoming reality, including their potential to solve formerly ungraspable mathematical problems.

Essentially, Google purports to have pulled off a stunt on a quantum computer that no classical machine—not even the world's most powerful supercomputer—can replicate.

Fortune obtained a copy of Google's paper, which was posted to NASA.gov earlier this week before being taken down. The Financial Times first reported the news.

A Google spokesperson declined to confirm the authenticity of the paper and its results. NASA did not respond immediately to a request for comment.

A source at Google familiar with the situation suggested, however, that NASA accidentally published the paper early, before its team's claims could be thoroughly vetted through scientific peer review, a process that could take anywhere from weeks to months.

If the paper holds up under the scrutiny of the scientific community, it will herald a watershed moment in quantum science. Its central claim counters doubt that some unforeseen law of nature may prevent quantum computers from operating as hoped.

"Quantum speedup is achievable in a real-world system and is not precluded by any hidden physical laws," the Google researchers write.

Further, they predict that quantum computing power will "grow at a double exponential rate," besting even the exponential rate that defined Moore's Law, a trend that observed traditional computing power to double roughly every two years.

The experimentThe experiment described in the paper sampled randomly generated numbers produced through a specialized scenario involving quantum phenomena. The researchers said they determined that their quantum computer beat regular computers at the task, which involved calculating the output of certain specialized circuits.

"While our processor takes about 200 seconds to sample one instance of the quantum circuit 1 million times, a state-of-the-art supercomputer would require approximately 10,000 years to perform the equivalent task," the researchers said.

Google's quantum computer, dubbed "Sycamore," contained 53-qubits, or "quantum bits," a measure of the machine's potential power. The team scaled back from a 72-qubit device, dubbed "Bristlecone," it had previously designed.

The researchers estimate that performing the same experiment on a Google Cloud server would take 50 trillion hours—too long to be feasible. On the quantum processor, it took only 30 seconds, they said.

"Quantum processors based on superconducting qubits can now perform computations...beyond the reach of the fastest classical supercomputers available today," the researchers write. "To our knowledge, this experiment marks the first computation that can only be performed on a quantum processor."

OutlookBusinesses are hoping the advancement of quantum computers—by tech giants such as Google, IBM, and Intel, as well as startups such as Rigetti Computing—will lead to unprecedented scientific and technical breakthroughs in the coming years. They're eyeing applications from new chemical reactions for the development of drugs, fertilizers, and batteries, to the improvement of optimization algorithms and mathematical modeling.

As exciting as Google's result is, other researchers caution against overhyping it, fearing that inflated expectations of imminent advances will lead to a popped bubble.

Dario Gil, head of IBM Research, advises against using quantum supremacy as a metric with which to measure progress in the field. "The experiment and the 'supremacy' term will be misunderstood by nearly all," he told Fortune.

Gil described the experiment as a highly special case "laboratory experiment" that has "no practical applications." He added, "Quantum computers will never reign 'supreme' over classical computers, but will rather work in concert with them, since each have their unique strengths."

Jim Clarke, Intel Labs' director of quantum hardware, called Google's update "a notable mile marker." He said that "a commercially viable quantum computer will require" many R&D advancements before becoming a reality.

"While development is still at mile one of this marathon, we strongly believe in the potential of this technology," Clarke added.

The Google team, which first wrote about their goal in a Nature article two years ago, appears to be more hopeful about the short-term prospects of its findings. "As a result of these developments, quantum computing is transitioning from a research topic to a technology that unlocks new computational capabilities," the researchers write.

"We are only one creative algorithm away from valuable near-term applications.


Google Claims ‘Quantum Supremacy,’ Marking a Major Milestone in Computing

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From: sixty2nds3/17/2020 3:38:13 PM
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virnetx.com

VirnetX Receives Payment in Apple Suit
by Virnetx on March 13, 2020 in Press Releases
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev., March 13, 2020 – VirnetX™ Holding Corporation (NYSE AMERICAN: VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, announced today that it has received payment of $454,033,859.87, representing the previously announced judgment with interest in the VirnetX Inc. v. Apple case, 6:10-cv-00417 (“Apple I”).

About VirnetX

VirnetX Holding Corporation is an Internet security software and technology company with patented technology for secure communications including 4G LTE and 5G security. The Company’s software and technology solutions, including its secure domain name registry and Gabriel Connection Technology™, are designed to facilitate secure communications and to create a secure environment for real-time communication applications such as instant messaging, VoIP, smart phones, eReaders and video conferencing. The Company’s patent portfolio includes over 190 U.S. and Foreign granted patents/validations and pending applications. For more information, please visit www.virnetx.com

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this 8-K that are not statements of historical or current fact, including the statement regarding VirnetX’s damages award, may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on expectations, estimates and projections, and certain assumptions made by management and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unknown factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the results of a pending motion by Apple in the district court seeking to vacate the court’s final judgment and efforts by Apple to seek restitution of the payment if relief is awarded. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in the Company’s reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those under the heading “Risk Factors” in Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 19, 2019 and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on November 8, 2019, and in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 when it is filed. Many of the factors that will determine the outcome of the subject matter of this press release are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict. Except as required by law, the Company is under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform to actual results.

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VirnetX Holding Corporation
415.505.0456
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To: sixty2nds who wrote (24742)5/8/2020 12:07:49 PM
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finance.yahoo.com Declares Special Dividend of $1.00 Per Share



PR NewswireMay 8, 2020

ZEPHYR COVE, Nev., May 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- VirnetX™ Holding Corporation (NYSE AMERICAN: VHC) (the "Company"), an Internet security software and technology company, announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a $1.00 per share special cash dividend on its outstanding common stock, payable on or about May 26, 2020, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on May 18, 2020.

"It took us ten years to prevail against Apple," said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. "We're grateful to our loyal shareholders and are pleased to be able to provide them with this dividend."

About VirnetX

VirnetX Holding Corporation is an Internet security software and technology company with patented technology for secure communications including 4G LTE and 5G security. The Company's software and technology solutions, including its secure domain name registry and Gabriel Connection Technology™, are designed to facilitate secure communications and to create a secure environment for real-time communication applications such as instant messaging, VoIP, smart phones, e-Readers and video conferencing. The Company's patent portfolio includes over 190 U.S. and foreign granted patents/validations and pending applications. For more information, please visit www.virnetx.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not statements of historical or current fact, including the statement regarding the Company's damages award, may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on expectations, estimates and projections, and certain assumptions made by management and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unknown factors that could cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from the historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, statements relating to the Company's special cash dividend. The forward-looking statements contained herein are also subject generally to other risks and uncertainties that are described from time to time in the Company's reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on March 16, 2020 and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as applicable. Many of the factors that will determine the outcome of the subject matter of this press release are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict. Except as required by law, the Company is under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this press release to conform to actual results.

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VirnetX Holding Corporation
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