‘Beam Me Up Scotty’ Gets Closer!

The term teleportation was first coined in 1931 by American writer Charles Fort and, decades later, researchers are really getting the hang of it! First, in ’98, physicists at the California Institute of Technology successfully teleported a photon (a particle of light) one meter, then, in 2004, an Australian group managed to teleport a whole stream of photons from one side of their lab to the other (a great reason to have a Fosters!), and now what have they done? Researchers¬†at the Niels Bohr Institute of Copenhagen are teleporting information between gas atoms and gas atoms! Why is this amazing? Because that’s one step closer to transporting fully solid matter which could mean that, somewhere down the road, you won’t need that bus pass!¬† Continue reading