Engineers in Australia have have proven, with the highest score ever achieved, that a quantum version of computer code can be written, and manipulated, using two quantum bits in a silicon microchip. The advance removes lingering doubts that such operations can be made reliably enough to allow powerful quantum computers to become a reality.
This plot shows the discovery as seen in one of the LHC detectors.
In Geneva, scientists using the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new subatomic particle to very high confidence that is consistent with what we expect the Higgs particle to look like.
When will we reach an endpoint? The answer (after the jump) will surprise you
“When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.” – Niels Bohr, recipient of the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physics
I’ve had this ongoing notion that researchers will soon reach the point of creating the ultimate small storage particle. In discussing this with some nanotech friends, they felt we may reach an endpoint when we get to the size of the electron. So I decided to run with that assumption and calculate out how long it would take, based on Moore’s Law, to reach a point where we are storing information on electrons.
More Wine, Less Time
French scientists have devised a way of using particle accelerators to authenticate vintage wines, one of France’s top research bodies said this week.
The world’s most powerful particle accelerator, aimed at unlocking secrets of the universe, will be launched on September 10, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) said on Thursday.