Flying home with quantum physics


The words quantum physics are usually associated with the weirder end of physics, including strange phenomena like superposition or quantum entanglement, the "spooky action at a distance" as Einstein called it. But it turns out that quantum mechanical processes occur in living systems too. Some species of birds use quantum mechanics to navigate and studying how they do it might actually help us with building quantum computers. Plus spoke to the physicists Simon Benjamin and Erik Gauger at the conference Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality at the University of Oxford to find out more.

You can also read the accompanying article for this podcast. And you can learn more about quantum mechanics from Simon Benjamin Caging Schrödinger's Cat, his series of audio and video podcasts about quantum nanotechnology.

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