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Beam me up, For real?
This is a real jaw dropper... I have to say, the science headlines lately have just been blowing me away:
The first experimental demonstration of quantum telecloning has just been accomplished by scientists at the University of Tokyo, the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the University of York. Telecloning is a combined achievement; it combines quantum teleportation with quantum cloning into a single step.
In their telecloning experiment, researchers cloned a beam of laser light, transmitting its electric field amplitude and phase - but not its polarization - to two distant beams with 58 percent fidelity. The theoretical limit on the experiment was 66 percent (Live Science).
Now, I have to admit, my imagination is peaked by this technology, and I do believe it might one day replace the mail service, I have my doubts whether living beings could be successfully telecloned. I like it in fictions, but feel a bit like Bones when it comes to the idea of it happening to me.