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They Said It Couldn't Be Done

When it comes to the tiniest particles, big things are going on! Physicists have coaxed two separate atoms to communicate with a sort of quantum intuition that Albert Einstein called "spooky," in a process known as quantum entanglement. Understanding how this works could give us the ability to time travel in the future, as well as do super-fast quantum computing. And two German physicists have found a way to change the speed of light, something Einstein said was impossible.

We've written before that researchers have been able to speed up light by making it go backwards. In the Daily Tech website, Michael Asher reports these researchers claim that they have figure out how to propel a stream of photons faster than the speed of light. Asher writes that "being able to violate the speed of light would undermine our current understand of space and time, and lead to a number of bizarre effects, such as being able to travel backwards in time."

Regarding the entangled particles, researcher Christopher Monroe says that once these particles are joined together, the two atoms would remain that way even if one of them were "(carefully) taken to Jupiter."

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