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Scientists Teleport Images in 'Star Trek' Advance

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Researcher Andrew Forbes called it "a 'Star Trek' technology made real."

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An international team from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Spain "teleported" images across a network without physically sending them, using instead laser light patterns and an optical detector that harnessed quantum processes.

The principles of quantum physics allowed the information of the image to appear on the receiver's end without having to physically travel from the sender. The work is described in Nature Communications.

Likening the feat to 'Star Trek' teleportation, ICFO's Adam Vallés warned that the current "configuration could not prevent a cheating sender from keeping better copies of the information to be teleported, which means we could end up with many Mr. Spock clones if that is what Scotty wanted."

From Independent (U.K.)
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