Remember last week’s video about the trouble with Star Trek’s transporter (a.k.a. a “suicide box”) by CGP Grey, delving into whether the teleported version of yourself would really be, well, you? Henry Reich of Minute Physics has posted a video response with his own resolution to the logical paradox.
Teleportation is a safe, convenient mode of travel in the Star Trek universe. But what if the Star Trek transporter is essentially a “suicide box” instead? That’s the unnerving conclusion of a new animated video from CGP Grey about the trouble with transporters.
It’s meant to be a simple demonstration. For years, quantum cryptographer Kerek Reidier has been developing teleportation technology in his top-secret, DARPA-funded lab, and he’s already performed dozens of successful trials.
The teleporter is one of the classic technologies of science fiction stories and it usually is portrayed as a positive, a marker of just how far a society has advanced from our own. This story, however, spins it into something much darker.
Scientists have teleported quantum information between two bits of diamond located 10 feet apart. It's a prime example of "spooky action at a distance" — and an achievement that could lead to quantum networks exponentially more powerful and secure than today's supercomputers.
Thanks to two studies published in Nature last Thursday, the chance of successful teleportation has considerably increased. Which is a good thing, right?
We’re still a far way’s off from being able to beam people through space, but in a science first, physicists have successfully transported information across a solid state system similar to a computer chip. The breakthrough could lead to more powerful processors and highly sophisticated encryption schemes.
Physics students from the University of Leicester have calculated the time and energy required to beam a complete person from the Earth’s surface to a location in space. Their results were discouraging, to say the least.
Who needs fancy special effects software and years of digital animation schooling when you can just wrap up objects in Christmas lights and spin them around real fast? As this video from Joey Shanks shows, sometimes it doesn't take much to create some really cool visuals.
If the Space Race characterized the twentieth century, it's possible the Teleportation Race may characterize the twenty-first. Scientists all over the world are trying to perfect teleportation techniques, for a wide variety of applications including communications technology. (Sorry, this isn't the kind of…
We all know that superheroes like Superman or Thor are completely impossible. But just for the sake of argument, are there any superpowers that could actually exist in the real world? We assembled a panel of experts to find out.
A team of scientists in China have transmitted quantum information between protons 10 miles apart without the use of a traditional signal or network.
With Jumper opening today and everyone abuzz about teleportation, it seemed like the perfect time to remind everyone of another movie about teleportation: Tron. The device that zaps Jeff Bridges into the video-game world is actually built to teleport matter from one place to another. Learn the secret history of Tron,…
This weekend pits the teleporting deadpannisms of Hayden Christensen in the movie Jumper vs. Val Kilmer's monotone as KITT in Sunday's Knight Rider TV movie. So which one will be less sucky? We've already weighed in with our Jumper review, and we've given you a look at some clips from Knight Rider. Will you be…
I know how much all of you wanted to believe that the teleportation effects in Jumper were based on real science, but it turns out tragically not to be true. Popular Mechanics has roped an actual physicist, Dr. Max Tegmark of MIT, into explaining the difference between what Hayden Christensen and Jamie Bell do in …
A current exhibition in London gives you the feeling of stepping into a teleportation beam. Artist and film-maker Anthony McCall fills a room with dry ice, then two projectors beam a Quicktime video of moving cones of light into the haze. Thanks to the artificial smoke, the cones appear solid and it looks as though…