Exploiting a quirk of quantum mechanics that Albert Einstein dismissed as “spooky action at a distance,” a team of physicists reports in Science this week the first reliable method of quantum transportation. The team teleported individual bits of information, rather than Starfleet captains, between two electrons trapped in supercooled diamonds separated by 3 meters of empty space. Whereas previous quantum teleportation efforts succeeded in only one of every 100 million attempts, the researchers say their new method has near 100% accuracy. The researchers believe their work will bring quantum computers closer to reality, The New York Times reports.
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