There is increasing urgency to develop new cryptography standards, as the power of the quantum computer threatens to expose sensitive private information and critical secrets. Governments, academia, and industry are launching initiatives – but will they produce a standard in time for the quantum computing revolution?
Time is perhaps the most important measurement that any of us makes each day, and throughout history humans have developed many forms of measuring time. As our knowledge of the universe expands, so does our comprehension and tracking of time, from the atomic to the cosmic scale.
Scientists are attempting to apply the principles of crystals to quantum mechanics, and in the process generate perpetual motion at regular time intervals. Their discoveries could change our understanding of the order of time and the second law of thermodynamics.
Time is something we experience but cannot see, although time structures our understanding of reality: the past, future, and present. New research shows that part of our brains is exclusively dedicated to timekeeping.
A recent experiment holds the possibility for a major breakthrough to connect quantum mechanics with classical mechanics. It identified exceptional points, singularities where phase transitions occur in both systems and seem to defy the universal law of conservation of energy.