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From WGN9, July 23, 2020: The future of the internet is being designed right here in Chicago, as some of the top scientists in the world unveiled their plans to research and build a “quantum internet” on July 23. Fermilab, Argonne, University of Chicago, Northwestern, and University of Illinois have already laid some of the groundwork.

In a July 23 press conference at the University of Chicago, the U.S. Department of Energy unveiled a report that lays out a blueprint strategy for the development of a national quantum internet. In February, DOE national laboratories, universities and industry met in New York City to develop the strategy, laying out the essential research to be accomplished, describing the engineering and design barriers and setting near-term goals. DOE’s 17 national laboratories will serve as the backbone of the coming…

From Inside HPC, July 23, 2020: The Department of Energy unveiled on July 23 a strategy for the development of a national quantum internet intended to bring “the United States to the forefront of the global quantum race and usher in a new era of communications.” Earlier this year, Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago entangled photons across a 52-mile “quantum loop” in the Chicago suburbs, “successfully establishing one of the longest land-based quantum networks in the nation,” according to DOE. That network will be connected to Fermilab, establishing a three-node, 80-mile test bed.

From The Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2020: The network, which uses quantum principles to more securely transmit data, could be functional in about a decade. Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago established in February a quantum network of 52 miles’ worth of entangled photons running on unused telecom fiber in the Chicago suburbs. In about a year, the network is expected to be connected to Fermilab, creating an 80-mile quantum internet test bed.

From University of Wisconsin, July 21, 2020: The Institute for Hybrid Quantum Architectures and Networks has been named a National Science Foundation Quantum Leap Challenge Institute. HQAN’s partnerships include Fermilab. The five-year, $25 million institute helps establishes the Midwest region as a major hub of quantum science.

The AI + Science research grants program will support collaborative projects between the University of Chicago, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. The goal of this program is to (1) encourage new interactions between the University of Chicago, Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago and the national laboratories; (2) provide unique educational experiences for students and (3) position our institutions to successfully secure future large-scale federally sponsored research programs. Three AI + Science projects were…

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, in partnership with the Chicago Quantum Exchange, presents its annual Entrepreneurial Outlook series to discuss important emerging trends in select industries. In Quantum 2020, a panel of expert venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the field of quantum computing and technology will discuss the state of the industry in 2020 and where they see opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation within the field. Join a panel of expert venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in the field…

From UChicago News, Feb. 6, 2020: Fermilab and University of Chicago scientist Brad Benson and colleagues use a different method to calculate the masses of distant galaxies: the polarization, or orientation, of the light left over from the moments after the Big Bang. In doing so, they demonstrate how to “weigh” galaxy clusters using light from the earliest moments of the universe — a new method that could help shed light on dark matter, dark energy and other mysteries of the cosmos.