It is almost mind bending to think that this happened in my lifetime, but China has successfully pulled off the first real TELEPORTATION!
Chinese scientists have teleported a photon from Earth to a satellite in space using quantum entanglement (two particles in reaction without physical connection).
In basic terms this means that one photon is split into two related photons (like clones), and then one of those photons is sent into space and the other remains on Earth. But, they continue to influence each other – continuing to act “as one” – as the original photon. Thus, this makes teleportation possible because you are in theory transporting an object from one place to the other via breaking it down and in a way “reassembling” it like in Star Trek.
So we are one very very very tiny step closer to practical teleportation for personal and commercial purposes… and it is news like this that makes me so very proud to be a scientist.