Star Trek is no more, but most of us still long to be able to travel through teleportation, especially in these days of long lines and personal frisking at airports. Teleportation may be a reality sooner than we think, because scientists are taking it seriously.

Leonard David writes in space.com that it all has to do with the quantum state, in which tiny light particles (photons) can take on different forms depending on how they?re observed. Researchers have successfully teleported beams of light a short distance.
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Scientists long scoffed at Star Trek style teleportation, but now they’ve changed their tune. While they don’t think they’ll be able to instantly move people from place to place, Swiss scientist Nicolas Gisin has been able to make small amounts of matter disappear down a telephone line in one laboratory and reappear in another, 180 feet away. “It is amazing, the way information from one photon suddenly appears in another photon,” says physicist Raymond Laflamme.

Albert Einstein called this “spooky action at a distance.”
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