Beyond the Lab #1
In Beyond the Lab, I aim to highlight news and research points covering key areas of interest for deeptech founders, investors and teams across quantum computing, agritech, climatetech, and renewable energy.
In today’s email:
Dark matter research
The cybersecurity threat of Quantum Computing
A major food-tech acquisition
A New Tool for Finding Dark Matter Digs Up Nothing
The most powerful gravitational waves produced by distant black-hole collisions only stretch and compress each mile of Earth's surface by one-thousandth the diameter of an atom, despite their strength. It's hard to comprehend how miniscule these ripples in space time are, particularly when you consider that they must be detected by gargantuan detectors like LIGO.
Researchers are designing methods for utilizing these sensors to look for other perplexing phenomena, particularly dark matter.
The consequences of dark matter research are enormous, and a grasp of dark matter is critical to understanding the universe's size, form, and future.
If the universe is open, its dark matter content will determine if it expands (continues to grow), contracts (expands to a stopping point and then shrinks), or remains flat (expands and then stops when it reaches equilibrium).
The quest for dark matter has been aided by an unlikely source: quantum computing technology; this technology is being used to create highly sensitive dark matter detectors. Quantum computers can also be used to search for new particles beyond the Standard Model, which could help us understand more about the strange and seemingly bizarre behavior of dark matter.
…But so far, we've got jack-shit.
The outgoing chief data officer for the Department of Defense urged the Pentagon to make "urgent investments" in order to defend against possible quantum computer espionage, a nascent technology that might one day break the encryption that protects American secrets.
Tate & Lyle, a major UK-based supplier of food and beverage ingredients, has agreed to acquire China-based prebiotic dietary fiber firm Quantum for $237 million. The acquisition will help Tate & Lyle expand its presence in China and Asia while also providing additional-fiber solutions for its clients across industries, including dairy and nutrition.
This acquisition provides Tate & Lyle with an excellent opportunity to enter the growing Chinese dietary fiber market and extend their global reach.
Quantum has a strong track record of success, and their products are well-positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for dietary fiber in Asia. Tate & Lyle will be able to leverage Quantum's extensive knowledge of the Chinese market and its relationships with key customers to drive growth in the region.
“The Indonesian government estimates that Southeast Asia’s largest economy will need investments of up to $25.2 billion to develop green hydrogen from 2031 to 2060. Significantly, state-backed Pertamina is looking to invest some $11 billion to help accelerate the clean energy transition, including hydrogen developments, over the next five years.”
“India imports 85% of its annual oil and 50% of its natural gas requirements. The estimated capacity and life of our oil and natural gas reserves are limited and are clearly insufficient to meet our present domestic requirements. Fracking, with all attendant costs and consequences, will unlikely meaningfully address the shortfall we face. While our shale gas reserves may exceed the remaining traditional gas resources, water shortages across the country reduce the feasibility of fracking…”