A team of scientists from Austria, Canada and Germany have now beamed the quantum state of a particle of light from one island to another 89 miles (143 kilometers) away.
“One can actually transfer the quantum states of a particle — in our case a photon — from one location to another location without physically transferring this photon itself,” explained physicist Xiaosong Ma of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.
This kind of teleportation isn’t quite what Scotty was “beaming up” on television’s Star Trek, but it does represent a kind of magic of its own. While Star Trek’s teleporters transport people from place to place instantaneously, quantum teleportation sends information.
( via space.com)