Scientists have taken a step closer to achieving one of science fiction’s holy grails: Teleportation. The January 23rd issue of Science details how researchers from the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland have teleported information between two atoms a meter apart. Sending information about the quantum state of an atom isn’t going to replace the airplane or car yet. I know it’s no Enterprise or even Nightcrawler, but everything’s got to start somewhere and this is a pretty cool start.
This Fox News article does a pretty good job of explaining the significance of this achievement. I’d like to take a moment to offer a word of advice to these researchers, watch out for household pests in the lab. I don’t want anything further delaying my shot at instant transportation.