Quantum computing will change our world. But currently, it's just about impossible. Qubits, the bits that power quantum computing, require crazy-cold temps to create, and they only survive about 3 minutes at room temp. Now, a research team has made room-temp qubits last for 39 minutes. That's monumental.
There's been a lot of talk lately about how close we are to quantum computing for the masses. Now, Canadian company D-Wave claims to have done it with their D-Wave One. Except, of course, that commercially-available really means millionaire-available.
Researchers in Japan and Australia have managed to get teleportation right. We're now that much closer to a future where quantum computers will be on your desktop, which is to say not very close at all but still.
How about the qubit, huh? All quantum and two-faced and potentially paradigm-shifting the way we approach computing. It's amazing! Also amazing: What Northwestern University researchers claimed to have done with it in a fiber-optic cable.