February 13, 2017
MIT researchers have used starlight to test Einstein’s “spooky action” theory and have presented a strong demonstration of quantum entanglement, reports Calla Cofield for CBS News. Cofield explains that the researchers “measured about 100,000 pairs of entangled photons…and their results suggested that the particles were truly entangled.”
CSAIL researchers have developed a system that delivers high-quality video streams to multiple devices simultaneously, reports Darrell Etherington for TechCrunch. The system “minimizes stutters due to buffering, and pixelation due to downgraded stream,” Etherington explains, and could have “huge potential benefits for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu that increasingly serve multiple members of a household at once.”
Prof. Kevin Esvelt describes the importance of community guidance for his work with Mice Against Ticks, a project that aims to use gene editing tackle Lyme disease. Even if we differ on whether to release engineered Lyme-resistant mice into the woods, ensuring that ecological engineering proposals start small and invite community guidance is a project everyone can support.
Writing for BBC News, Prof. Vipin Narang examines the potential implications of India re-evaluating its nuclear weapons policy. “The nuclear option will be on the table much quicker during a time of crisis,” writes Narang, “and Pakistan's peacetime posture may have to be prepared for more rapid use.”