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Teleporting to Vancouver

By Hamish Johnston

Tomorrow I will be winging my way to Vancouver to attend the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – the AAAS. I have lots on for the next few days, including a trip to the TRIUMF accelerator lab to find out how physicists there are planning to make medical isotopes using an accelerator rather than having to rely on ageing nuclear reactors.

Geordie Rose

I will also be spending a lot of time talking to people about quantum computing (QC). Indeed, a good chunk of the programme at the AAAS is devoted to QC, a field in which Canadian physicists have excelled.

One such physicist is Geordie Rose (right), founder of the quantum-computer maker D-Wave Systems, which is based in Vancouver. I plan to visit D-Wave on Friday, when I hope to find out what is in that giant box that often appears behind Geordie.

What I’m not looking forward to is the 10-hour flight – if only quantum teleportation worked for macroscopic objects.

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