World's first quantum satellite is launched in Jiuquan, Gansu Province, China, August 16, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS
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China launched the world's first quantum satellite Tuesday, state media reported, in an effort to harness the power of particle physics to build an "unhackable" system of encrypted communications.The satellite – nicknamed Micius after a 5th century B.C. Chinese philosopher and scientist – will be used in experiments intended to prove the viability of quantum technology to communicate over long distances.Beijing had previously identified the development of quantum technology as a national priority.The country is also one of several working on building the world's first quantum computer, which would use sub-atomic particles' properties in processors that can operate at speeds far faster than current technologies allow.
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