Revolutionary new quantum computer design might be the breakthrough we’ve all been waiting for

“It’s amazing no-one had thought of it before,” said one of the scientists involved.

Tiny quantum refrigerator keeps quantum computers cool by ‘blinking’ electrons

Prepare for some quantum madness.

Scientists need you to join the Phi-Lambda mission and make quantum computers work

All you have to do is play Decodoku.

Scientists discover new ‘Frankenstein’ form of light, with important consequences for quantum computing

An intriguing electron-light interaction was discovered by scientists.

Atomic ions finally set the stage for an all-purpose, programmable Quantum Computer

For the first time, a team of researchers claims it’s made a fully programmable and reconfigurable quantum computer module.

You can now tinker around with IBM’s quantum computers – straight from your couch

Quantum computing is still in its infancy, but you can test drive it yourself thanks to IBM.

Quantum computers might soon render RSA encryption obsolete

Using only five atoms, a team of international researchers showed how to factor a prime, albeit a trivial one for demo purposes.

The quest for the quality qubit: quantum computer based on trapped ions has error rate of only 0.07%

Who would’ve thought only a decade ago that quantum computers would become real in the upcoming future? Those of us without such hindsight need to rely on what’s been reported by scientists, and recently all kinds of developments lend us to think that a quantum computing future isn’t that far off. Take the latest qubit experimental set-up made at University

Quantum Robots learn Faster, respond Better and Smarter

While robots today have become more adapted, they’re still essentially stupid – limited to a particular pre-programmed series of tasks, slow to respond to complex environments and unable to learn from past experience. The future belongs to machine learning and cognitive computing, a new field that’s set to have a great impact on our lives, but before this can happen

Researchers capture sound from atoms, opening new doors to quantum research

Most quantum research is focused on studying interactions between light and atoms, a field known as quantum optics. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden took an alternate route and demonstrated for the first time that acoustic waves could be used to communicate with an atom. The findings could provide an important stepping stone for harnessing quantum effects in the

Google set to build its own quantum computing hardware

For some time, Google scientists have been experimenting with artificial intelligence using quantum devices provided by D-Wave. According to Google, the company’s  Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab will soon develop their own quantum hardware, most probably in a bid to secure novel technology. Quantum computers are set to be the next generation of computing devices capable of computations order of magnitude above what

D-Wave claims it wants to release a 1,000 qubit quantum computer in 2014

A lot of hype has been going D-Wave’s way in the past decade or so. The company is considered by many the leading quantum computing company in the world, boasting clients such as Lockheed Martin or Google. Before munching up on the hype, though, it’s important to understand that to this day no one has been able to build a

Storing one bit per atom: more storage power and closer to quantum computers

There’s only so much you can cram into conventional magnetic storage devices. We’re already seeing these slowly, but surely lose ground in the face of solid-state drives, which offer more storage density and don’t have any moving parts (last longer, make no noise, etc.). What about even further ahead in the future? Well, it’s most likely that in the following

Understanding a unique type of magnetism

Using low-frequency laser pulses, a team of researchers has carried out the first measurements on a mineral called herbertsmithite. This (pretty awesome looking) mineral features a unique kind of magnetism. Insite it, magnetic elements constantly fluctuate, leading to an exotic magnetic state, unlike conventional magnetism in which all magnetic forces allign in the same direction and also unlike antiferromagnets, where

An insightful animation on quantum computing [VIDEO]

Theoretical Physicists John Preskill and Spiros Michalakis  sat down for a short talk in which they describe how quantum computing differs from the classical view (i.e. digital computers). They first go on about the fundamental, key aspect of the quantum world: the laws that describe and govern things at the tiniest level differ from those at the macroscale. The revealing

Scientists completely halt light for a record-breaking minute

Scientists at the University of Darmstadt, Germany have set a new record after they devised an experimental set-up that allowed them to stop light in its tracks for a full minute. During this time, the light could have traveled 18 million kilometers or roughly the equivalent of 20 there and back trips to the moon. Beyond being a simple curiosity, the

New technique bypasses Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

A group of researchers at University of Rochester and the University of Ottawa have found a way to bypass Heisenberg’s famous Uncertainty Principle, and measure key quantum properties directly for the first time like the polarization states of light. The technique might provide valuable in encoding qubits, the building blocks of quantum information theory. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle states that when certain properties

Organic topological insulator demonstrated for first time

Researchers at University of Utah have recently demonstrated that it is indeed feasible to construct a topological insulator from organic compounds. Topological insulators are deemed very important by scientists because of their unique property of conducting electrons on their edges, while at the same time acting as an insulator on the inside. These capabilities make it an ideal component for quantum

Scientists devise qubits in a semiconductor for the first time

Hailed as yet another big step towards devising working quantum computers, scientists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have successfully managed to generate quantum qubits inside a semiconductor for the first time, instead of vacuum. A qubit is the quantum analog of a bit. While a bit must be read either as a 0 or 1, the qubit can be read as 0, as

IBM makes significant breakthrough towards scalable quantum computers

During the past months we’ve been reporting several breakthroughs in the field of quantum computing, and now IBM seems ready to truly pave the way for quantum computers. Researchers announced they are now able to develop a superconducting qubit made from microfabricated silicon that maintains coherence long enough for practical computation. Whoa! That probably sounds like a lot to swallow,