Boffins can handle bits in quantum computers

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) come up with a viable way to manipulate a single "bit" in a quantum processor without disturbing the information stored in its neighbours.

Apparently this was a hurdle in developing quantum computers and the boffins have got around it by using polarised light to create "effective" magnetic fields. Quantum bits, or "qubits," have the uncanny ability to exist in both "on" and "off" positions simultaneously. This makes them powerful when it comes to finding out the answers to problems conventional computers
find impossible.

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