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    Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    Science Non Fiction

    LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Beaming people in Star Trek fashion is still in the realms of science fiction but physicists in Denmark have teleported information from light to matter bringing quantum communication and computing closer to reality.

    Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such as light or single atoms over short distances from one spot to another in a split second.

    But Professor Eugene Polzik and his team at the Niels Bohr Institute at Copenhagen University in Denmark have made a breakthrough by using both light and matter.

    "It is one step further because for the first time it involves teleportation between light and matter, two different objects. One is the carrier of information and the other one is the storage medium," Polzik explained in an interview on Wednesday.

    The experiment involved for the first time 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.

    via CNN.  I know, I know, I can do better than that.
    However, I will have you know that this is like a Code Yellow on the Geek Alert Scale.  And very, very cool as well.  Yet, I can't help but think of how our presently benevolent computer gods at  Google will eventually use this information. 
    You can bet people with IQs well above the genius level are working on it as we speak.


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