Physics

How Microsoft’s Quantum Boast Went Bust

How Microsoft’s Quantum Boast Went Bust

Microsoft is an outlier among the companies investing in quantum computing research. Unlike Google, IBM, or the handful of startups that have built noisy experimental prototypes out of superconducting circuits, ions, or photons, the company is trying to build a quantum computer by using objects known as Majorana particles —…

Physicists Discover the Elusive Odderon, First Predicted 50 Years Ago

Physicists Discover the Elusive Odderon, First Predicted 50 Years Ago

Scientists are celebrating the long-sought discovery of the odderon, a strange phenomenon that appears only rarely when protons collide at high energies, such as inside particle accelerators. Though the odderon was first predicted to exist in the early 1970s, it wasn’t until recently that physicists finally gathered the data they…