Quantum physics news: Teleportation breakthrough made.

Scientists have performed successful teleportation on atoms for the first time, the journal Nature reports.  The feat was achieved by two teams of researchers working independently on the problem in the US and Austria.  The ability to transfer key properties of one particle to another without using any physical link has until now only been achieved with laser light.  Experts say being able to do the same with massive particles like atoms could lead to new superfast computers.

This is quantum teleportation, transfer of information from one atom to another.

Useful for information transmission, less useful for instantaneous trips to the Bahamas.  Einstein called it "spooky action at a distance" and helped formulate the Einstein Podolsky Rosen (EPR) paradox in 1935.  The paradox was that because of entanglement, quantum mechanics became a non-local phenomenon, you could transmit information with no physical mechanism.  Bell proved entanglement in 1964, and this recent experiment showed information teleportation at the push of a button.

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