Feb 6 2009Moon, Here I Come!: Scientists Succeed In Teleporting Matter A Whole Three Feet


That's right folks, I estimate in a few short months we'll all be able to teleport ourselves to our favorite vacation spots. Or inside a bank vault -- or the women's locker room! The possibilities I'm imagining are staggering, and, for the most part, illegal. Awh yeah -- breaking the law with science!

No one is galaxy-hopping, or even beaming people around, but for the first time, information has been teleported between two separate atoms across a distance of a meter -- about a yard.

In the Jan. 23 issue of the journal Science, the scientists report that, by using their protocol, atom-to-atom teleported information can be recovered with perfect accuracy about 90 percent of the time -- and that figure can be improved.

Well I would hope that figure can be improved. If 1 out of 10 teleporters winds up with their penis for an arm, well, I want a penis arm! Seriously though, I think we can all agree: this is one small step for man, one ironically giant leap for me never having to move again. Tele-beer me!

Hit the link for a much more in-depth article that better explains the science behind teleportation (read: transfer of quantum information).

Scientist Teleport Matter More Than Three Feet

Thanks to Chuck Nunchuck, Marc and Pete, who once teleported themselves to China to ride in a rickshaw.

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i know going into space is such a great accomplishment and everything, but the holodeck is the coolest thing ever!

They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.

woah now thats pretty awesome

now we can teleport into someone? my dreams come true...

wonder if you can just send body parts like my penis into someone mouth while they are mid sentence like when you are hanging out and osmeone just doesnt shut up and you want them to, so you click a button on your cellphon and sprush, and i wonder if you could do that and you came would you still come out that body part?

I just can't wait until a person tries and see what it looks like if they mess up, haha.

I would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party

I have no issue communicating without the use of profanity. Quite frankly, the english language offers much more colorful adjectives. The point being made is simply that in this country, where this blog is hosted, we have freedom of speech. The same freedom of speech that would protect this blogger (GW) in court. I find it rather disingenuous of him to post NSFW content and genitalia jokes, then censor our comments about them.

That is to sad if your only choice to get into somones pants but by Transportation.

But yeah! lets go to the Mooon!

this is awesome but scary at the same time, if they make this to where it can transport people, the whole airline business might become obsolete overnight, no more airfares!!!! also scary because it could be misused in so many ways.

I'm with #3,

"information can be recovered with perfect accuracy about 90 percent of the time"

Seriously? 90% of the time, it works every time.

two words: heisenberg compensators

two more words: donut delivery

Transport me a donut! NOW, DANGIT!

@7 The heisenberg compensator is soon to come.


They have already done that. Watch 'The Fly' featuring our beloved Jeff Goldblum. Best actor of our time, a national treasure. Plus the movie was based on a real experiment where you played the idiot assistant.


Your posts irritate me a great deal. Daisy's posts are relatively amusing. Yours posts are stupid. Yours are stupid. You are stupid. You stupid. Stupid. Stupendous.

What? What was that?
Uh, nothing.
I heard some squealing or something.
Oh, no. Everything's fine.
But the animal is inside out.
I heard that! It turned inside out?
And it exploded.
Did I just hear that the animal turned inside out, and then is EXPLODED?

Hello Brundle Fly!!!


"the animal has turned inside out... and exploded..."

Wasn't the 1 meter information thing a dupe??? I have some serious doubts about anything of this scientific magnitude that appears on fox news before any of the geek sites.

Sorry, geekology is not a geek site, it's a geek-wannabe site.
Hack-A-Day: Nothin'
Slashdot: Nothin'
FoxNews: quick report with 50% consisting of quotes from a decade ago

yeah, it must be true......

@ 15 & 16
Damit! Beat me to the punch. I knew I shoudn't have wasted time looking for that image.

freakin sweet


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where Max builds a machine to transport matter from here to there, and it also brongs back dinosaurs from the past. While Max is running away from the dinosaurs run amok, there are aliens that attack the earth. Max rides his bicicle to washington DC and saves the president in the nick of time. He then gives the aliens a cold with the fresh prince, while the fighter pilots tell them, I don't know why they call it hamburger helpre, its pretty good on its own.

I'm just jazzed about being on the show, man.

Keep in mind we're only teleporting *information* here, not atoms, not particles, not hamsters. Teleporting devices of the future would instantly transmit *data*, which might make it possible to reconstruct an object at the receiving end.

This means that any setup which was attempting to teleport *you* would actually destroy your body at one end, send all the information required to perfectly reconstruct you on the other end, and then rebuild you at your destination.

Depending on what you believe about the soul or religion or whatever, you might be fine with this. As far as I can tell though, this kind of "teleportation" would really involve killing you. You would walk into a chamber and be vaporized. A clone of you would be reconstructed a million miles away, sure. And it would act exactly as you would act if you *had* been teleported. But you? You'd be dead, and your doppleganger would live out the sweet life you hoped to enjoy.

I'll get excited when I can go out and buy a type II hand phaser.

I was asked to pass this on to Daisy:

"Please stop misrepresenting our movie. It is NOTHING like you describe, and we never use photoshop.
Sincerely, the actual friggin producers of a real friggin movie called "Never Back Down"


Happy Friday, Everyone!

@23 agreed

A teleporter wouldn't actually break down your atoms and then shoot those same atoms thousands of miles through the air; even if it were possible, there'd be no reason to do it. It would instead just grab Hydrogen and Oxygen atoms from out of the air and assemble you out of those (one Hydrogen atom is the same as another, after all).

In other words, teleporters would work more like fax machines than mail. It transmits a signal and the machine on the other end spits out a copy. Only instead of a copy of a letter, it's a copy of a person, right down to all their thoughts and memories and here the original is destroyed. This was demonstrated in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Episode 250 ("Second Chances", aired May 24, 1993, Stardate 46915.2) where they failed to destroy the original Will Riker and were left with two of him.

Are you grasping the weirdness of this? The original is destroyed. That means when you step into a teleporter, you die. But, the rest of the world won't know you died, because a copy of you will step out of the other end of the machine. It won't be you, though, it'll be another you that happens to share your memories. To the outside observer the thing will always work fine, and the thing that steps out of the receiving end will think it worked fine. The one person who knows it didn't worked fine, can't tell anyone because they trucking died via total atomization the moment they stepped into the machine.

So, the first time Captain Kirk used the teleportation device to beam down to an alien planet, he was basically resigning himself to an immediate death and hoping that his twin would carry out the mission for him.

I'm just glad GW decided to translate 1 meter into a third unit for the title, because 1 meter, about a yard, wasn't descriptive enough. Adding that it was 3 feet cleared that right up. If you're still confused, that 1000 millimeters, 100 centimeters, 10 decimeters (who uses this, ever?) or roughly 39 inches.

lol penis for an arm. (that's also about a meter) But as a lady co-worker once said about a paltry 3 decimeters "try accomodatin' that!"

The problem with teleportation is that a thing's identity is contingent upon its connection to it's previous state (in space-time I mean). If you break that line of continuity do you have the same thing, or a copy of the thing in a new location? A copy wouldn't be the same, and therefore, wouldn't have the same identity. This isn't too important for, say, a twinkie or a beer, but for a consciousness, it could mean everything. A new, different teleportee created at the other end of the process wouldn't be connected to the previous state, and so wouldn't carry the consciousness. End result: person teleported is disassembled, and a duplicate is reassembled in the new location but is not the same as the original person, who is now dead (disintegrated), and is, in fact a newborn. That would suck.

Well... apparently I, James and C-Basstian were all on the same wavelength. There's a good demonstration of string theory.

See work by Frank Herbert (Whipping Star) and C.J. Cherryh (Voyager In Night) for discussions of how we appear in 4 dimensions and in replicating people with consciousness.

"I teleported home last night with Bob and Syd and Meg.
Bob stole Meggy's heart away and I got Sydney's leg."
--D. Adams (RIP)

Yeah, but that's when I thought I was the crewman that stays on the ship, and something is up there, and it kills me. But now I'm thinking I'm the guy who gets killed by some monster five minutes after we land on the planet.

You're not gonna die on the planet, Guy.

I'm not? Then what's my last name?

It's, uh, uh - -I don't know.

Nobody knows. Do you know why? Because my character isn't important enough for a last name, because I'm gonna die five minutes in.

Guy, you have a last name

DO I? DO I? For all you know, I'm "Crewman Number Six"! Mommy... mommy...

Are we there yet?

Too much to read, can someone sum up the last 5 or 6 posts into a few sentences and let me know what's going on.

Why is Ollie being nice today & Watch is still an idiot?

Bill Gates probably made this... Jerk...

First of all how can anything "Scientific" be reported from a network who was is in love with any thing Republican, including a vice-presidential candidate that believe dinosaurs and men walked around together a few thousand years ago?

information != matter


This is a complete photoshop job. You can tell its a fake because the are all wrong.

This is exactly like that scene in the movie Never Back Down where DAISY WAS TOLD TO SHUT THE FCUK UP!!!!!!!

@ 25 and 35

Good thing you guys came along.
I bet Daisy will stop now.

@23, 26, 28

You're splitting hairs. If you self-identify, it's still you. No one is comprised of the same particles throughout the course of their lives, anyway, teleported or not.
Take the repaired watch:
Say you had a watch. You loved your watch. One day, a single component of the watch breaks and the watch ceases to function. You love your watch, so you replace the component and all is well. Same watch, single new component. Now, let's say that over the course of a long period of time your watch requires more repairs, more replacement parts. Let's say that every single component of the watch is eventually replaced. Same watch? Personally, I think so. But if not, at what point did it cease to be the same watch? In other words, would your love for the watch falter because a few parts have been replaced? I doubt it. Perhaps we're crossing into semantics here, but that's the point. Perception is everything.


you forget personality. the thing that sets us apart from others, our experiences. you can not compair a watch to a person. if a person gets a pace maker it doesnt change their sub atomic particals...

Tell me its fake!Tell me its fake!!!!!or im gonna cry!

I guess Nietzsche was wrong, then. Anyway, this is supposed to be about physics, not philosophy.

w00t! i got my suggestion on geekologie!! :D

The way you guys are talking about it makes it sound like an instant cloning machine that just destroys the original. I'm sure if scientists wanted to construct a teleporter they'd take those concerns into consideration, and make sure that wasn't how their machine functioned.

It could happen though if they accidentally made a cloning machine that destroyed the original? The scary thing about that is noone would ever know, and you'd be able to replicate anything perfectly if you stopped it doing the destruction.

However such a device would still be extremely useful, assuming the destruction was an integral part of it. You could easily move inanimate objects with no moral objections, and possibly animals as well. Despite the 'Not for human use' warning label some douchbag would inevitably try to teleport himself, and then there'd be a good portion of the population that wouldn't be able to understand that he just died.

Yeah, I'm talking out of my butt.

FOX News travelled forward in time from 16 June, 2004 to bring you this story. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3811785.stm


I think you may have missed my point.

So... if i was to teleport with a sore throat, would i come back with a sore throat, or would i be dead and some other person is seeing through my eyes and feeling a sore throat??

i can teleport time (space is a joke) as i had a flux-capacitor installed in place of my soul. the soul i pawn to mr devil for the sum of 50. pesos. i bought a martini with that. a martini without alcohol. or liquid. or fun.

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