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February 24, 2018

Photo of a strontium atom


From Gizmodo


This strontium atom is emitting light after being excited by a laser.

It's the winner of the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) photography award.

Winning photographer David Nadlinger, a graduate student at the University of Oxford, was excited to be able to show off his research.

"It's exciting to find a picture that resonates with other people that shows what I spend my days and nights working on," Nadlinger said.

Nadlinger traps atoms as part of his research on quantum computing.

The laser light causes the atom to emit photons, collected using a long exposure.

He took the photo through a window into the vacuum of an ion trap.

February 24, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Disconnect.me — "Say no to mass collection of your online activity and trackers that destroy your device performance"

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Wrote Natasha Singer, a technology reporter for the New York Times: "One tool I use on my laptop is Disconnect, a service that shows you the third parties tracking you on every site. When I was reading articles this morning about the Trump administration, Disconnect counted 78 advertising networks, analytics services, and other tracking me on HuffPost; 24 trackers on the The New York Times site, and 19 on the Washington Post."

Free, the way we like it.

February 24, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Would you pay $355 for this chocolate bar?

1.76 oz = ?:pound

You could.

"Vintage Ecuadorian dark chocolate aged for two years in a Laphroaig Scotch Whisky (one of the most peaty and iconic single malt whiskies from the storied island of Islay) cask."

1.76 ounce bar.*

FunFact: A single roasted cacao bean is placed by hand in the center of each bar (above).


Plenty of other varieties to choose from, ranging from $260 to $385 per bar.

Apply within.

[via Atlas Obscura]


February 24, 2018 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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