Being the first to create a scalable quantum computer chip is this century's equivalent of the space race. Companies, universities and nations around the globe are pouring billions into research and development, with huge prizes – and national-security advantages – for whoever achieves the feat. The University of NSW, University of Sydney, and University of Technology Sydney have all made huge bets on quantum, with each institution backing a different technology in the race to commercialisation.
In a development that heralds the future of astronomy, an Australian mathematician has discovered two new alien worlds while working on a hobby project to develop artificial intelligence. Christopher Shallue's AI only needed to look at 670 stars before spotting the new planets, which had eluded detection by human astronomers. As it starts to study the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy it is likely to discover many more new worlds.
"It is the best ever created," says lead researcher Dr Christian Wolf from the Australian National University. "We wanted to build a digital reference map of the whole southern sky. It's a bit like a library. When someone in the future looks at the sky, they can compare it to this map and check if it's there already or it's something new." One particular point of interest includes images of the oldest known star in the universe, an ancient ancestor of our sun identified by its perfect rainbow glow.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".