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Scientists in Japan have made a breakthrough in the quest to develop a quantum computer — a still largely hypothetical device that would be dramatically more powerful than today’s supercomputers — electronics giant NEC said Thursday.

In what they claimed was a world first, researchers at NEC and the government-funded Institute of Physical and Chemical Research successfully enabled the interaction of pairs of solid-state elemental particles in a circuit. The NEC team is led by Jaw-Shen Tsai.

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