Archive: May, 2007

Swedish Chef Thursday

Swedish Chef makes eggs

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New paper

I just released a new paper with my collaborators Bill Munro, Tim Ralph, Peter van Loock and Kae Nemoto, entitled “Practical effects in the preparation of cluster states using weak non-linearities”. In this paper we examine a recent protocol for implementing optical quantum computing using weak non-linear interactions. This is in contrast to the standard […]

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MultiTouch music

For those of you into digital music, here’s something even cooler than Microsoft’s Surface technology – the MultiTouch music machine. Check it out.

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And now Microsoft’s turn

In another piece of cool technology, Microsoft (yes, Microsoft) has announced their ‘Surface’ technology, a sort of interactive touchscreen interface. It looks very cool, but it isn’t completely clear at this stage what the benefits are and what you’d use it for. But, I’m sure developers will answer this question in time. Check out a […]

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Google does it yet again

This is perhaps the coolest new piece of technology I have seen all year. Google has just expanded their Google Maps service to allow for full 3D navigation of cities. Currently it is limited to a small number of large US cities like New York and San Fran, but presumably this will be expanded in […]

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New paper

Today I released a new paper, Comparison of architectures for approximating number-resolving photo-detection using non-number-resolving detectors, with my collaborators James Webb, Elanor Huntington and Tim Ralph. Photo-detection is an essential requirement in any optical quantum information processing application. Unfortunately, presently available photo-detectors are limited in that they cannot resolve photon number. That is, they can […]

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Swedish Chef Thursday

Swedish Chef makes frogs legs

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The Australian citizenship test

Sit for your own Australian citizenship test here. These sample questions will give you an idea of whether you’d make a good Australian or not. You need 60% to pass. I got 19/20. I missed one point because I got the number of Australian states wrong. Boo. Some questions of particular interest – “Australia’s values […]

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Got a job. Flights are booked.

It appears that my cunning reverse job application was successful, as I now have a postdoc job in the Materials Department at Oxford, starting July 1. My flights are booked and I’ll be departing sunny Brisbane on June 22 in favour of the infamous British weather. Doing some preliminary research into living costs in Oxford, […]

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Gardasil and the American religious right

In the latest load of self righteous crap from America’s religious right, conservative political groups are lobbying to block young girls from receiving Gardasil, the Australian developed immunization against human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer. Apparently these primates think that cancer is a lesser evil than sex. Their argument is that by reducing […]

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