On Friday December 11th, Malibu nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids kicked off their 9th Annual Spirit of Goodwill Holiday Challenge Gift Drive for orphans, foster and homeless children.Each year Malibu residents are joined by Safety Harbor Kids members nationwide to raise more than 1,000 gifts and stockings for disadvantaged children.“Without everybody’s help, most of these kids would get absolutely nothing for Christmas” says Safety Harbor Kids President, Petrie Alexandra Williams. “These children are so grateful and each year we have such a great group effort to help them!” she adds.With supporters including singer/songwriter Jackson Browne, guitarist Fred Tackett of Little Feat and actors Malcolm McDowell and Jane Seymour, this year’s gift drive will begin with several hundred gifts including shoes for hundreds of kids provided by ShoeCrew and toys and gifts provided by Malibu Barter Exchange. The current leader of the 9th Annual Spirit of Goodwill Holiday Challenge is the Hertz Foundation sponsoring fifty children.To support this years Safety Harbor Kids Spirit of Goodwill Holiday Toy Challenge or Personal Enrichment Programs, visit www.DonateToSHK.org. Founded by an orphan whogrew up in Malibu, Safety Harbor Kids is a 501c3 established for the purpose of enriching the lives of orphans and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career, Music and the Arts. Through community and corporate donations and sponsorships SHK is able to bring academic tutoring, career development, music and the arts education and mentorships to disadvantaged children within 50 miles of Malibu. Visit www.safetyharborkids.org for more info.
It’s still hard to tell much about the car’s design, but it’ll definitely have an exotic shape. Aston Martin Aston Martin on Tuesday gave us a better look at Project 003, its next hypercar that is due to launch in late 2021. While we’ll still have to wait some time for more details, the latest teaser photo is a fair bit more revealing than the line-drawing sketch Aston released in September 2018.The codename Project 003 signals that it’s the company’s third hypercar project, following the Valkyrie (which was 001) and the Valkyrie AMR Pro (codenamed 002). Aston wants Project 003 to superlative performance, with the company promising it will “possess class-leading dynamics on both road and track.”Project 003 is set to use a turbocharged gasoline engine and a hybrid powertrain, and it’ll have active aerodynamics and active suspension to further improve its handling performance. But don’t think that means this is a track-only special: Aston promises the car will be homologated for road use worldwide, with both left- and right-hand-drive variants. Also in the cards: “space for luggage” and other “practical concessions to road use.””It was always the intention for the Aston Martin Valkyrie to be a once-in-a lifetime project,” Aston Martin Lagonda president and chief executive Andy Palmer said in a statement. “However, it was also vital to us that Valkyrie would create a legacy: A direct descendent that would also set new standards within its own area of the hypercar market, creating a bloodline of highly specialised, limited production machines that can exist in parallel with Aston Martin’s series production models.”While Project 003 will definitely be a rare car, it’s still going to be built in much greater volumes than its predecessors. Aston Martin built only 150 Valkyrie road cars and 25 Valkyrie AMR Pro track cars. Stay tuned over the coming months as Aston gradually trickles out more information on its next hypercar. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Review • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: Beauty is a beast More From Roadshow Share your voice More about 2019 Aston Martin Vantage 25 Photos Aston Martin 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 0 Preview • 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: A fresh take on a modern classic 2019 Aston Martin Vantage: V8 power and elegant style Exotic Cars Performance Cars Post a comment Aston Martin
(PhysOrg.com) — “The concept of matter waves is at the heart of quantum mechanics,” Oliver Morsch tells PhysOrg.com. “At the beginning of the last century, scientists discovered that solid particles could exhibit properties of waves, such as interference and diffraction. Until then, it was assumed that only light behaved as a wave. But in the quantum world everything is basically a wave.” Citation: Exerting better control over matter waves (2009, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-exerting.html Distinguishing decoherence in quantum systems Morsch is part of a group of scientists, including Alessandro Zenesini, Hans Lignier, Donatella Ciampini and Ennio Arimondo, at the University of Pisa in Italy. The group has discovered a way to more efficiently control matter waves in a setup that simulates a solid state system. “Once you have control over a quantum system,” Morsch explains, “you can learn any number of things, especially from a fundamental point of view. Additionally, it is worth noting that almost all of our modern technology is related in some way to quantum mechanical principles.” The group’s technique is described in Physical Review Letters: “Coherent Control of Dressed Matter Waves.”In order to control the matter waves, Morsch and his colleagues created an optical lattice. “We, in effect, create a light crystal,” Morsch says. “It’s not a true solid, but it mimics the crystal lattice of a solid. It provides us with a sort of model system for solid state applications, allowing us to perform experiments without being bound by the naturally given physical properties of a solid.” Once the lattice is created, using lasers and mirrors, the Pisa University group shook the mirrors – and hence the optical lattice – to create a phenomenon known as dynamic localization.“It’s very counter-intuitive,” Morsch says of dynamic localization. “Before we shake the lattice, atoms move freely throughout by quantum tunneling. However, once we apply the shaking, they stop moving. For certain values, we can make sure that atoms stay put in one lattice site. We can also create a quantum phase transition so that the system changes its bulk properties when you change a parameter. In our experiment, we create a phase transition by shaking. That is our control over the matter waves.”Instead of being a top to bottom approach, the Pisa group is interested in starting at the bottom – with individual particles. “Rather than trying to tweak the bulk system,” Morsch explains, “we are trying to tweak the properties of the individual particles to meet our needs. We are controlling the matter wave to shape it to our needs, and then using that to control the larger system.”Morsch points out that, right now, this process is most interesting from a fundamental point of view. However, he believes that it is likely to develop into greater uses in the future. Morsch thinks that this method has potential applications in quantum control schemes, which could be important in the development of quantum computers and in directed chemical reactions. “If you look at the history of physics and quantum mechanics, you find that each time you develop another handle on the quantum world – somehow learn how to better control the properties of a quantum system – new inventions and technology come about. This method of control is so new that it is impossible to really predict what, if anything, might come out of it.”“For the most part,” Morsch continues, “this work represents yet another method that will give us more control over the quantum state of single particles. Over the last 15 or 20 years, it has become possible, and increasingly important, to exert control at the single-particle level. Our demonstration is in line with what existing theory shows, and could be another tool for the development of future quantum-based technologies.”More information: Alessandro Zenesini, Hans Lignier, Donatella Ciampini, Oliver Morsch, and Ennio Arimondo, “Coherent Control of Dressed Matter Waves.” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.100403 .Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.