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djones520
12-17-2010, 01:34 PM
Thanks to physics, and the truly bizarre quirks of quarks, those Star Trek style teleporters may be more than fiction.

A strange discovery by quantum physicists at the University of California Santa Barbara means that an object you can see in front of you may exist simultaneously in a parallel universe -- a multi-state condition that has scientists theorizing that teleportation or even time travel may be much more than just the plaything of science fiction writers.

Until this year, all human-made objects have moved according to the laws of classical mechanics, the rules governing ordinary objects. Toss a ball in the air and it falls back to Earth. Drop a coin from your roof and it falls into your yard. But back in March, a group of researchers designed a gadget that moves in ways that can only be described by quantum mechanics -- the set of rules that governs the behavior of tiny things like molecules, atoms, and subatomic particles.

And the implication -- that teleportation and even time travel may someday, somehow be a reality -- is so groundbreaking that Science magazine has labelled it the most significant scientific advance of 2010.

Physicists Andrew Cleland and John Martinis from the University of California at Santa Barbara and their colleagues designed the machine -- a tiny metal paddle just barely visible to the naked eye -- and coaxed it into dancing with a quantum groove: First, they cooled the paddle until it reached its "ground state," or the lowest energy state permitted by the laws of quantum mechanics (a goal long-sought by physicists). Then they raised the widget's energy by a single quantum to produce a purely quantum-mechanical state of motion.



http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/17/beam-teleportation-years-biggest-breakthrough/?test=faces

Interesting. I'm still waiting on nanobots that cure cancer and old age though.

Articulate_Ape
12-17-2010, 01:36 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/12/17/beam-teleportation-years-biggest-breakthrough/?test=faces

Interesting. I'm still waiting on nanobots that cure cancer and old age though.

I'd settle for the flying cars we were all supposed to be driving by now.

djones520
12-17-2010, 01:42 PM
I'd settle for the flying cars we were all supposed to be driving by now.

Screw that. As crazy as people are when they are confined to a road, you want to let them fly?

Gingersnap
12-17-2010, 01:42 PM
Doc and I are still waiting on the jet packs. :(

Bailey
12-17-2010, 02:08 PM
I'd settle for the flying cars we were all supposed to be driving by now.

Screw that I want a true to life sexbot. :D

Articulate_Ape
12-17-2010, 04:18 PM
Screw that. As crazy as people are when they are confined to a road, you want to let them fly?

That's what the photo torpedoes are for. :D

Bailey
12-17-2010, 04:31 PM
That's what the photo torpedoes are for. :D

You mean photon torpedo?

PoliCon
12-17-2010, 06:10 PM
You mean photon torpedo?

:D

NJCardFan
12-17-2010, 06:17 PM
Screw that I want a true to life sexbot. :D

You mean like...
http://cicorp.com/robot/Cherry/Cherry2000.jpg

Bailey
12-17-2010, 07:27 PM
You mean like...
http://cicorp.com/robot/Cherry/Cherry2000.jpg

If they made that I'd never leave the house :-)

Rockntractor
12-17-2010, 07:33 PM
To hell with the sexbot, I want a self cleaning holodeck!

Gingersnap
12-17-2010, 07:39 PM
To hell with the sexbot, I want a self cleaning holodeck!

If you'd keep the goats off of it, your current holodeck would be self-cleaning.

Bailey
12-17-2010, 07:41 PM
To hell with the sexbot, I want a self cleaning holodeck!

Man that would be epic :D

Rockntractor
12-17-2010, 09:30 PM
If you'd keep the goats off of it, your current holodeck would be self-cleaning.

But they like the mountain climbing program!:confused:

Rockntractor
12-17-2010, 09:35 PM
One time they were running the mountain climbing program and I was in there with my swiss snow goddess and we had a power outage and everything disappeared but me and a nanny smoking a cigarette.:eek:

Gingersnap
12-17-2010, 09:36 PM
TMI dude.

NJCardFan
12-17-2010, 09:37 PM
If they made that I'd never leave the house :-)

But if you happen to boff her in the soapsuds, she might short out causing you to commandeer Melanie Griffith to find another one. Just hold onto the memory disc. :D