quantum computing

  • Star Trek, Dr Who inspire quantum cleverness

    Science fiction inspiration has led to a diamond-studded detection device. Cathal O’Connell reports.

    Who knew? Star Trek's tricorder is one step closer to reality.Joe HauptInspired by Dr Who’s sonic screwdriver and the...

    Technology March 9, 2017
  • The official kilogram faces constant demand

    After immortalised in metal, the kilogram is about to change.

    What’s a kilogram to you? A litre of water, perhaps, or maybe a block of cheese.  Officially, it’s a lump of metal ke...

    Physics February 27, 2017
  • Physicists build mirrors from just 1,000 atoms

    Mirror for making optical circuits and quantum computers.

    Mirror, mirror in mid-air. Two independent teams of physicists have created the world’s most ethereal mirrors – made ...

    Physics September 26, 2016
  • ‘Tractor beams’ build atom-by-atom assembly

    Physicists have manipulated 50 individual atoms at once.

    Have you ever tried to catch a speck of dust between your fingers? That’s challenging enough, but what about catching...

    Physics July 25, 2016
  • Driving the quantum data bus

    Australian scientists have come up with a way to create the vital system that shuttles informatio...

    Quantum information is encoded in single particles of light or photons. The perfect state transfer is applied to one ...

    Technology April 19, 2016
  • Quantum computer kills internet banking?

    Is this the beginning of the end for online transactions?

    "SCIENTISTS FACTOR THE NUMBER 15."Hardly a headline to grab the popular imagination. But when it’s done by a quantu...

    Physics March 4, 2016
  • Breakthrough for quantum computers

    Quantum computing in silicon has moved a step closer to becoming a reality. Cathal O'Connell ...

    Andrea Morello at work. The computer he and his team are trying to build would use silicon chips not dissimilar to th...

    Technology April 27, 2015
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