Thursday, January 29, 2009

New record for teleporting matter set

Science has pushed the limit for teleporting matter up to three feet (LiveScience, via FOXNews, Slashdot). In a University of Maryland experiment, researchers passed information between two atoms, about a yard apart.

We've know that atomic and subatomic particles can become "entangled," a state where "measuring either one of the objects instantly determines the characteristics of the other, no matter how far apart they are." How this works is largely a mystery, but somehow the two particles are able to "teleport" info without using a physical medium. Now scientists are starting to mimic the process.

In 2004, researchers teleported matter "
a fraction of a millimeter." By 2006, we were up to 18 inches. At this rate, we'll be beaming from an orbiter to the surface of the moon in no time.

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