Beam me up, great-great-grandson…

We’ve all seen Star Trek, with its ‘Beam me up, Scotty’ moments (yes, I know it was never said in the original series, Mr Nerd of Ohio). People zapping from one place to another, via a special machine, with no ill-effects. It looks great, doesn’t it?

Matter transference, or teleportation as it is also known, is a common element of many a scifi TV series – but does it have any grounding in fact? Could we actually transfer ourselves from one place to another without having to travel the conventional, slow, way?

Well, you may be surprised to learn that recent discoveries in quantum theory suggest there may be a grain of truth in moving matter from one place to another without effort. Is this yet another instance of science fiction predicting science fact? Continue reading