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Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:14 am | Updated: 8:53 am, Tue Mar 18, 2014.

Quantum computers — a futuristic vision of ultra-fast processors powered by particle physics — sound almost like science fiction.

Current models, which can fill entire rooms, sometime rely on lasers and are often cooled to the temperature of outer space. Instead of using the binary system of 1’s and 0’s, quantum systems use atomic particles, or “qubits” (pronounced “Q-bits”), that can function as 1’s, 0’s, or both.

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