In a recent article in The Australian Business Review, it was reported that physicists in the field of quantum computingresearch have made a giant leap forward. The article states:
“University of NSW researchers say they have achieved the first calculation involving two quantum computer bits encased in silicon. The feat, outlined this morning in the journal Nature, is a “game changer” in an experimental field that dovetails into the federal government’s applied research focus.”
The leader of the team, Andrew Dzurak, is quoted as saying “We’ve come up with a full design for how to wire up thousands or millions of these things. There are still big engineering challenges, but I believe all of those are solvable.”

Quantum computing is now a very real possibility; one that will likely be realized sooner rather than later. For years, CERNhas even expressed a deep interest in utilizing quantum computing to analyze the massive amount of information the LHCproduces. Back in February of 2006, CERN released a bulletin about an upcoming conference that would explore the potential of quantum computing.1

Quantum computing uses the strange behavior of certain subatomic particles to achieve the impossible. This behavior is known as “quantum entanglement“. As of now, quantum entanglement is a complete mystery. When two particles are entangled, they have the ability to communicate with one another at instantaneous speeds; even faster than the speed of light. This is thought to be physically impossible because of all the paradoxes FTL (faster than light) speed is supposed to cause. For example, the closer one accelerates to the speed of light, the slower time moves for the traveler. At the point the traveler reaches the speed of light, time literally stops. If somehow the traveler could accelerate even faster, time would begin running backwards. There is also the problem of mass: the closer an object comes to the speed of light, the more mass it gains. To reach the speed of light, an object would have infinite mass, which of course is physically impossible. Photons, the particles of light, are massless by nature which is how thy can travel at such in incredible speed.

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