The Washington Times - January 25, 2009, 10:45AM

It’s not quite like “Star Trek,” but scientists have teleported data between two atoms that were a meter apart, LiveScience is reporting.

The data did not actually cross the physical space between the two atoms, scientists at the University of Maryland said. Such an instantaneous transfer of information could help in the production of super-fast, super-secure computers and a new kind of Internet.

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Teleportation makes my head spin.  Imagine being able to travel anywhere in an instant — and not be charged extra for checked luggage.  Hope the airlines don’t hear about this.

This news is both an encouragement and a letdown for me.  To be able to use the word “teleport” in a sentence that’s associated with science fact, not science fiction, is amazing.  But using “teleport” to describe an event involving anything smaller than an ant is disappointing.

I don’t know if I’d teleport if it were available as a means of transportation.  You could teleport to Paris, France — and the clothes you were wearing could go to Paris, Texas.  Well, at least the French are cool about public nudity.