Sunday, September 9, 2012

Beam Up Some Family Guy, Scotty

Scientists at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna made a huge leap towards sat-based quantum communication this week when they established a new record, transmitting data across a distance of 143 kilometers earlier this week through quantum entanglement. This isn't exactly Star Trek teleportation (even if some over eager reporters have likened it to such) since no matter is being transported, but it does allow for (theoretically) perfectly secure communications since the entangled quantum states have no detectable connection. This would also mean perfect clarity in communications. Without a signal to scatter background radiation no longer becomes an issue. Read the whole Lab Spaces article for more.

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