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An illustration of the two 20-micrometre-wide vibrating drumheads, each composed of trillions of atoms, in an entangled quantum state of motion. Petja Hyttinen and Olli Hanhirova, ARKH Architects Ltd.

Experiment shows Einstein’s quantum ‘spooky action’ approaches the human scale

We usually think of quantum entanglement in the realm of atomic systems, but now it's been scaled up to relatively massive objects. This opens the door to new kinds of technology.
How fast can quantum computing get? Research shows there’s a limit. Vladvm/Shutterstock.com

Quantum speed limit may put brakes on quantum computers

A future that continues to have increasingly fast computing depends on quantum physics – but research is showing that there are limits to how fast quantum computers can go.
Looking inside a quantum computer. IBM Research

How quantum mechanics can change computing

As companies make quantum computers available through their cloud services, take a look at what it means for computing to move beyond classical mechanics and into quantum physics.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about antimatter. Shutterstock

Antimatter breakthrough sheds light on matter’s shadowy twin

One of the great mysteries of the universe is why there is so much more matter than antimatter. Now a new experiment is helping us understand the nature of antimatter better than ever before.
All the magnets we’ve ever seen have a north and a south, but there might be some out there that have only one end. Shutterstock

Explainer: the mysterious missing magnetic monopole

Physicists have theorised about the existence of a magnetic monopole for decades, but we have yet to find one.
The microprocessors on this wafer of silicon have transistors measuring in the nanometres. Shutterstock

Electronics are getting small, and that is causing big problems

As the components in electronic devices are shrinking to the nanoscale, even a single atom out of place can disrupt their function. But this also presents an opportunity to make them even better.
Binary systems are not enough if you want to improve security. Flickr/Ivan Plata

Beating cyber criminals with quantum solutions

As hackers get more sophisticated in their cyber crime efforts we need to look to new technology to make our systems more secure, and potentially unhackable. So how can quantum physics help?

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