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Communicating to a lay audience can be hard enough. Especially when they are journalists who don’t have any scientific training. But some scientists have the ability to be both brilliant at their scientific craft and also to be able to communicate about it in a clear and intelligible fashion.

Katja NowackLieven VandersypenToday I gave two journalists from the national news agency a tour at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience Delft. They spoke to Dr. Lieven Vandersypen and Katja Nowack, a 33 year old assistant professor and a 26 year old PhD student respectively, who explained their work on quantum information processing in such a way that the journalists were not only impressed with the top level research of these young scientists, but also with their ability to give a lay audience like themselves a glimpse of understanding about the quantum world that these physicists occupy themselves with every day. So I salute these two nano heroes, who make my work as a science information officer so much easier…