Washington, DC - Could powerful Quantum Computers make today’s encryption methods obsolete?

In the fascinating race for “quantum supremacy,” Google has just steered ahead of the competition with the unveiling of Bristlecone, its most potent quantum computer to date. Bristlecone encompasses 72 qubits, surging ahead of IBM’s latest 50-qubit machine.

Washington, DC - On March 1, the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction entered into force between the United States and Armenia. The United States now has 77 partners under the Convention.

Washington, DC - Ask Rusty: Doing a Breakeven Analysis

Dear Rusty: I’m in a bit of quandary trying to decide whether I should take my Social Security now at 62, or wait until some later time, like maybe when I’m 66.  I know that I’ll get less money by taking it now, but I also know that my check will be bigger if I wait longer.  I’m in pretty good health and don’t really need the money right now, but I’m just unclear about whether it’s best to wait, or just take the money and run. ~ Wondering

Washington, DC - Today, the Energy Department announced $4 million to support three new cost-shared research projects focused on medium- and heavy-duty, on-road natural gas engines and $3 million to support two new cost-shared research projects for advancing fluid power systems for off-road vehicles.  These five projects are complemented by $5 million in early-stage research at DOE’s National Laboratories.

San Diego, California - Horticulturists arrived back at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park early this morning, after making one of many visits to local growers in San Diego County to hand-select the plants that will be placed inside the Butterfly Jungle aviary, in preparation for the Park’s annual springtime event. Butterfly Jungle will open to the public at 9 a.m. March 10, providing a one-of-a-kind-experience for guests as they walk through a rain forest aviary filled with thousands of colorful butterflies. All 250 plants selected this morning were chosen based on strict criteria to fulfill the food requirements of the more than 30 varieties of butterflies that will inhabit the exhibit.

Washington, DC - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approval of a heart valve to include a size small enough to be used in newborn pediatric patients to treat heart defects. Specifically, the agency approved the Masters Series Mechanical Heart Valve with Hemodynamic Plus (HP) Sewing Cuff to include the 15-mm valve size, making it the smallest mechanical heart valve approved in the world.