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The Quantum Gold Rush
Physics

The Quantum Gold Rush

The science is immature and a multi-purpose quantum computer doesn’t yet exist. But that isn’t stopping investors pouring cash into quantum start-ups

By Elizabeth Gibney and Nature magazine
Beyond Quantum Supremacy: The Hunt for Useful Quantum Computers
Computing

Beyond Quantum Supremacy: The Hunt for Useful Quantum Computers

With decades still to go until the first general-purpose quantum computers, the race is on to make today’s systems useful

By Michael Brooks and Nature magazine
New Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers
Computing

New Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers

As quantum computing creeps closer, IBM successfully demonstrates a way to secure sensitive information

By Sophie Bushwick
The Crystal Kings
Physics

The Crystal Kings

Two researchers in Japan supply the world’s physicists with a gem that has accelerated graphene’s electronics boom

By Mark Zastrow and Nature magazine

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  • Astronomers Find Water on an Exoplanet Twice the Size of Earth

  • Hidden Passage: Could We Spy a Traversable Wormhole in the Milky Way's Heart?

  • Opinion

    How Mere Humans Manage to Comprehend the Vastness of the Universe

  • The International Space Station Is More Valuable Than Many People Realize

  • The Moon as a Fishing Net for Extraterrestrial Life

  • I'm Convinced We Found Evidence of Life on Mars in the 1970s

  • String Theory Does Not Win a Nobel, and I Win a Bet

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