Scientists announced recently they successfully teleported photons across more than 97 kilometers. They have been doing so for the past 15 years, but for much shorter distances.

Teleportation is the astonishing ability to transfer objects from one location to another, without traveling through the overruling space.

This phenomenon is known as quantum entanglement,  the mysterious link that occurs when two quantum objects share the same existence and yet are separated in space, a concept that scientists still do not entirely understand.

Physicists, Juan Yin and colleagues, from University of Science and Technology of China in Shanghai, they have been able to do this long distance teleportation because of quantum entanglement.

They do not teleport a physical object, but rather the information describing it.

The technique of teleporting could give a new direction to communications, and used to pass on information very quickly in space to satellites.

via popsci

source Cornell University