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Diamonds are a Quantum Computer’s Best Friend

October 19th, 2011 | by Tina Casey

Quantum computers have the potential to fly past Moore's Law and give us a new generation of ultra powerful supercomputers. The new technology is based on the behavior of photons, the smallest particles that make up light, which could mean the potential for packing that power into smaller, more energy efficient devices than anything known today. However, there is one little problem

Scientists Create New “Invisible” Material

July 11th, 2011 | by Tina Casey

Forget the merely invisible, scientists at Columbia Engineering School have created a new material that behaves as if it doesn't even exist, at least when it comes to light. The new material is a nanoscale structure that allows light to pass through as if it was traversing empty space. In very general terms, that means the light does not slow down or "bend" when it exits the material.

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