Teleporting Matter's Traits: Beaming information quantum-style

9:46am, June 16, 2004

While not actually teleporting matter from place to place as in Star Trek, physicists have now plucked a quantum property from one atom and transmitted it to another. That feat of quantum teleportation, reported independently by teams in Austria and the United States in the June 17 Nature, moves scientists nearer to building a class of so-called quantum computers that's expected to be astonishingly speedy at certain tasks, such as scouring databases for specific information.

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