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A team of physicists claims to have discovered a new state of matter - a breakthrough that could vastly improve traditional as well as quantum computing.

The new state, called "topological superconductivity," could help to increase storage capabilities in electronic devices and enhance quantum computing.

The research, detailed in a paper available on arXiv, was focused on quantum computing - a method that allows for significantly faster calculations than traditional computing.

In quantum computing, data is processed in qubits instead of traditional digital bits in the forms of 0s and 1s. This allows values between 0 and 1 to be tabulated, massively lifting the speed of data processing. 

"Our research has succeeded in revealing experimental evidence for a new state of matter—topological superconductivity," Javad Shabani, an assistant professor of physics at New York University, said in a press release.

"This new topological state can be manipulated in ways that could both speed calculation in quantum computing and boost storage."

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Category: Science