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IBM quantum computer

SEEKING QUANTUM SUPREMACY  Google, IBM and others are developing quantum computers. IBM has made its five-qubit computer accessible online for free, and the company is planning a 50-qubit computer for commercial use. The large tank shown here holds the cooling system that keeps a 17-qubit processor cold.

gecko-gripper robot

IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE  Aaron Parness of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory does his “best Superman” to grab a floating cube with a new gecko gripper–inspired hand in a microgravity plane.

frames of particles of light

SPEEDSTER  A video camera that can film the equivalent of 5 trillion images every second reaches such speeds with the help of an algorithm, capturing the movement of light particles (orange ball). 

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