Quantum Computers Are Making Classical Ones Faster, Here’s How

Quantum Computers Are Making Classical Ones Faster, Here’s How

Quantum computers promise to one day dominate their classical counterparts like the computers we use today. But classical computers will not go gentle into that good night. They’re fighting inevitable quantum supremacy, and they’re using some tricks they’ve picked up thanks to quantum computers. You’re probably familiar with how classical computers work, information is broken

What Is the Shape of the Universe?

What Is the Shape of the Universe?

It’s the kind of question that sort of breaks your brain when you even start to figure out how to think about it: what shape is the universe? No one can be sure; until we can step outside of the universe and walk around it somehow — we can’t actually do that ever — the

These Liquid-Repelling Materials Defy Nature’s Design, Here’s How

These Liquid-Repelling Materials Defy Nature’s Design, Here’s How

I remember watching this video online and being mesmerized. The more liquid they spilled on the items the more I thought “how was this even working?, what’s going on here?” This is a superhydrophobic coating with properties that are seemingly impossible. But this material science field is making some exciting developments with materials that are

Neuromorphic Computing Is a Big Deal for A.I., But What Is It?

Neuromorphic Computing Is a Big Deal for A.I., But What Is It?

We often talk about how traditional computing is reaching its limit–there’s a threshold we can’t move past without making some seriously big changes to the way we structure computers. One of those exciting ways is by making physical computers a little more like human brains. We introduced this concept in more detail here, but a

This Fluoride Battery Could Mean Phone Batteries That Last a Week

This Fluoride Battery Could Mean Phone Batteries That Last a Week

Lithium ion batteries changed our world by delivering us hours of energy in a small lightweight package. But ya know what, my phone battery only lasts a day and THAT’S NOT ENOUGH! I NEED MORE!!! Luckily, scientists are already on it, and have been working for decades on a new battery design that could could

This Superfluid Is Alive, And It Could Power Machines of the Future

This Superfluid Is Alive, And It Could Power Machines of the Future

Bacteria are everywhere, and they’re incredibly versatile. They can get us sick, they’re essential good guys in our digestive system…and they almost defy the laws of physics to create a fluid that basically could power a perpetual motion machine?? I didn’t see that coming. Ok, some vocab here. For fluids, friction is expressed as viscosity:

Could a Particle Accelerator Destroy Earth?

Could a Particle Accelerator Destroy Earth?

Advancing particle physics demands we build bigger and badder particle accelerators, but every time the conversation about the next ultra-mega-super collider comes up some stick in the mud announces that it could kill us and the whole universe… But will it? You probably fall into one or two camps on this subject. Either you’re like