Quantum Computer Discovery Nets Nobel Prize
Two scientists will share this year's Nobel Prize in physics for discoveries that have revolutionized computer memory.
Albert Fert of France and Peter Grunberg of Germany independently discovered a phenomenon that relies on the spooky world of quantum mechanics to read data from computer disks.
Most computers use it, because it allows manufacturers to pack a lot more data on a single hard drive. It also changed the way scientists and engineers have been thinking about computer memory.
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