November 15, 2013 | Stephanie

I have to admit I don't really understand how quantum physics works, but it does sound pretty cool. A quantum computer has been kept stable at room temperature for 39 minutes beating the previous record of 25 seconds.

Quantum systems are very unstable and this represents a real breakthrough. Being able to control them will lead to devices that are much faster than our current computers.

But I still probably won't know how they work.

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Unlike a binary system, quantum data can be stored as both a 1 and a 0 simultaneously.

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