Ionic rain irrigates forests of nanotubes, while ionic winds blow cool breezes over chips. Now, the ionic solid-state harbors the flag-ship of quantum computing--quantum bits. Q-bits can now be encoded on the spin of the electron that makes a quantum dot ionic, promising cheap, ultra-low-power and easy-to-fabricate quantum computers, according to researchers at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), the University of California (San Diego) and the Naval Research Laboratory (Washington, D.C.). Quantum computing could enable uncrackable encryption codes, accounting for the funding of such researcher by the National Security Agency (NSA). Quantum-computing milestones are no new thing these researchers who had already demonstrated the world's first quantum gate in a semiconductor.