Quantum Physics

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illustration of a ring of light around a black hole

RECORDED IN LIGHT  A ring of light surrounds the boundary of a black hole in this artist illustration. Stephen Hawking theorizes that light on this boundary encodes information about everything that falls into the black hole.

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INACTIVE BUT USEFUL  An idle computer doesn’t do much except display a screensaver. But researchers showed that they could consistently glean information from a quantum computer even when the computer wasn’t running.

TWISTED MESSAGE  A radar tower at the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics in Vienna was used to beam photons imparted with a twist to a detector three kilometers away.

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