The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has opened a £155 million fund for a national network of Quantum Technology Hubs that will exploit the properties of quantum physics to develop quantum technologies.
In this video, D-Wave CEO Vern Brownell discusses the company’s progress in quantum computing. “I hope the pendulum swings back the other way at some point, where it becomes more in vogue to do more of this science-based research, because it’s really important for us to transform science into technology.”
Over the BBC, James Morgan writes that researchers have overcome a key barrier to ultrafast computers with a key breakthrough that enabled fragile quantum memory state to be held stable at room temperature for a “world record” 39 minutes.
The Government Shutdown has frozen research on Google’s new D-Wave quantum computer at Nasa Ames. “All the people from Nasa who are supposed to be testing the computer now are standing down and it’s just sitting there, wasting electricity,” says Lee Stone, the Ames union president who was one of the few people at Nasa who could speak to us during the shutdown.