What the Hell Is a Quantum Computer and How Excited Should I Be?

They will never sit on your desk, and they will most certainly never fit in your pocket. Today, they’re fragile, and need to be kept at temperatures close to absolute zero. Quantum computers aren’t much like the desktop PCs we’re all so familiar with—they’re whole new kind of machine, capable of calculations so complex, it’s like upgrading from black-and-white to a full colour spectrum. Read More >>

Scientists Store Light as Sound on a Microchip for the First Time

On Monday, a team of scientists in Australia announced an exciting breakthrough: For the first time, researchers were able to turn light into sound on a microchip. But—as crazy-sounding new physics applications tend to be—it’s probably going to be a long time before you see one of these chips on a computer you can buy. More importantly, what the heck does “turn light into sound” even mean? Read More >>

IBM’s Latest Quantum Computer Does Record-Breaking Chemistry

As cool as they sound, quantum computers will probably not be best suited for designing websites or making pretty word processors. Instead, their quirky bits may one day be used to solve special algorithms, for artificial intelligence applications, or to model things that actually follow the wild rules of quantum physics. One day. Read More >>

Dreaming Of A Quantum Smartphone? This Australian Scientist Is Making It A Reality

Quantum technology is one step closer to moving out of the lab and into our hands, thanks to a team of researchers including Swinburne University of Technology Centre for Micro-Photonics Director, Professor David Moss. Read More >>

There’s Now a Real Quantum Computer That Anyone Can Use Remotely

For decades, quantum computing has been the preserve of research labs. But now IBM has made its working prototype quantum computer accessible via the internet — and literally anyone can use it. Read More >>

Everyone Should Be Able To Explain Quantum Computing Like Justin Trudeau

When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau schooled a journalist on the basics of quantum computing yesterday, I was initially as charmed and delighted as everyone else. But then a niggling sense of dismay set in. Why should this be such a singular newsworthy event? How come so few of us can do what Trudeau did, when science plays such a central role in almost every aspect of our daily lives? Read More >>

Humans Can Still Do One Thing Better Than AI 

Google’s AlphaGo computer may have bested a human in four out of five matches last month, but human beings still excel when it comes to intuitive leaps in problem solving. That’s the conclusion of a new paper in Nature by Danish scientists. Blending the two approaches yields the best of both worlds in a marriage of man and machine. Read More >>

Researchers Just Discovered a New State of Matter

Scientists have theorised for decades that an additional state of matter exists, but despite tantalising hints to its presence, details about this mystery state have remained elusive—until now. Read More >>

Versatile New Quantum Chip Could Create Modular Quantum Computers

Quantum computers could immeasurably speed up the rate at which calculations run—but so far, their promise has yet to be realised. Now, a team of researchers has built a versatile quantum chip that it reckons could be pieced together to create a powerful computational device. Read More >>

Play This Puzzle Game to Help Program a Quantum Computer

Programming a quantum computer is not straightforward. But playing computer games is–and this one will help academics gather information to hep them write code for quantum computers in the future. Read More >>

Physicists Create ‘Pseudo-Particles’ for Error-Free Quantum Computing

We may be one step closer to quantum computing that’s inherently protected from errors. Physicists at the University of Copenhagen have successfully created an exotic type of pseudo-particle that is immune to outside interference. The results are described in a new paper in Nature. Read More >>

NSA Plans to ‘Act Now’ to Ensure Quantum Computers Can’t Break Encrytion

The NSA is worried about quantum computers. It warns that it “must act now” to ensure that encryption systems can’t be broken wide open by the new super-fast hardware. Read More >>

Physicists Can Now Achieve Quantum Entanglement at Room Temperature

Quantum entanglement—the process though which particle’s states become inextricably linked, despite being nowhere near each other—is usually carried out at incredibly low temperatures. But not any more: now physicists can perform the act at room temperature, which could have a profound effect on quantum computing and security. Read More >>

Quantum Computing Closer Than Ever With World’s First Silicon Quantum Logic Gate

Quantum computing is a devilishly complex pursuit and one of the main problems is that it demands exotic materials to create its equally exotic circuitry. Now a team of researchers has managed to create the world’s first quantum logic gate in faithful old silicon. Read More >>