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Beam me up, splatty

Reuters reports that Danish scientists have the first time to teleport a macroscopic atomic object containing thousands of billions of atoms. They also teleported the information a distance of half a meter but believe it can be extended further.

Wow!

Mind you, I'm not sure exactly what they mean by "the information" or whether what they teleported arrived in a similar state to when it left. It sounds like rather than teleporting something interesting like, say, a croissant ("Zap-U-Croi, pastries to your desk!"), they took the structure of one mass of atoms and imposed it on an entangled mass of the same kind of atoms some distance away. So if you had a croissant on your desk, they might be able to change it into a cinammon whirl, but not move it into your mouth.

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undyingking
Oct. 5th, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
Sounds like a convenient way of doing offsite backups, at least.
timgray
Oct. 5th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
I think they failed to teleport the information into the story. I have no idea what it's actually saying. (OK, not quite true. I think it's saying: "Scientists did something extraordinarily abstract but it sounds a bit like Star Trek so let's make a big fuss about it.")
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