Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Star Trek Science Gets Closer

I saw this story a couple of weeks back while on vacation and meant to post on it last week.  Anyway, Dutch scientists have "teleported" information between atoms at a record distance of 3 meters, a major advancement towards the possibility of 100% secure information communication as well as a step towards a quantum-level base internet.  From an article at the Mail Online discussing research that originally appeared in the highly regarded Amercian journal, Science:
Prof Hanson's team showed for the first time that it was possible to teleport information encoded into sub-atomic particles between two points three metres apart with 100% reliability.  The demonstration was an important first step towards developing an internet-like network between ultra-fast quantum computers whose processing power dwarfs that of today's supercomputers.
Teleportation exploits the weird way 'entangled' particles acquire a merged identity, with the state of one instantly influencing the other no matter how far apart they are.
Click here to read the article.  Because the topic is interesting, the article is interesting, though it does drone on about the "Beam me up, Scotty" theme too much for my taste.