On Wednesday, I wrote about how quantum mechanics, the science of incredibly small things, is now expanding into the world of things we can see and touch. This could completely change our understanding of science, and in time lead to all kinds of new technology. This week’s Sci Friday links focus on quantum mechanics and how the field is changing.
- Controversial Computer is at Least a Little Quantum Mechanical from Science Now. D-Wave Systems, a company based in British Columbia, claims to have made the first commercially viable quantum computer (sometimes called a qumputer, thanks to Leonardo).
- A Press Release from D-Wave Systems. Whether their quantum computer is quantum or not, D-Wave is making money off their invention and is now working with Lockheed Martin.
- Entanglement Goes Macroscopic from Physics World. Magnetic particles line up faster than predicted by classical physics. Only quantum entanglement can explain why.
- Macro Weirdness: “Quantum Microphone” Puts Naked-Eye Object in 2 Places at Once from Scientific American. I previously referenced this article for my post on Quantum Mechanical War.
- The Spooky World of Quantum Biology from H+. Believe it or not, the human brain may already be a quantum computer. Quantum weirdness could also be part of other biological processes, and plants might know how to travel through time.