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If the words ‘quantum’ and ‘computing’ seem complicated enough without smushing them together, fear not! This animated explainer will teach you how to build a quantum computer from the qubit up – or, at very least, help you grasp the basics. With nifty animated sequences to explore how quantum computing leverages quantum science, the video covers the broad strokes of the emerging technology, including its potential to revolutionise computing as we know it, and its current limitations.
The cast of ‘misfit toys’ who keep life on an idyllic tourist island afloat
Biography and memoir
What Akiko saw at the centre of the Hiroshima blast, and the indelible mark it left
To understand the limits of human senses, look to the wild world of animal cognition
Design and fashion
From sheep to sea – an ode to the iconic sweater that warms Cornish sailors
The revolutionary artist who propelled the Black Panther movement with imagery
Yes, the Inuit have dozens of words for snow – but what does each one mean exactly?
History of science
How one of history’s most beautiful books was used to find fate in the cosmos
The ancient world
Sappho’s homoerotic poetry was beloved in ancient Greece – and burned centuries later
Symmetry rules life on Earth – but it comes with many fascinating exceptions