For years science fiction writers have dreamed up fanciful possibilities for what quantum computers can do, including jettisoning characters into parallel universes or creating their own alternate realities. Computer scientist Scott Aaronson is more interested in what quantum computers can’t do.
Students can now get motherly advice every Tuesday night without even calling home. “What Would Your Mother Say?” a candid talk show in its first season on WRCT 88.3 FM, Carnegie Mellon’s student radio station, brings students together with a mother — unrelated to them — to discuss everything from dating, relationships and marriage, to social networking, academic stress, money and roommate etiquette.
The trip to the Tokyo stock exchange wasn’t quite what they expected. A group of students from the Tepper School of Business was in Tokyo when the massive earthquake struck Japan’s northeastern coast on March 11.
A time machine will be part of campus soon. It won’t hurl anyone into the distant future or the pre-historic past, but it will walk attendees through the 91-year history of Carnegie Mellon’s annual Spring Carnival, which takes place April 14-16.