In This Future Dystopia, Clones Have Developed A Troubling Addiction

The teleporter is one of the classic technologies of science fiction stories and it usually is portrayed as a positive, a marker of just how far a society has advanced from our own. This story, however, spins it into something much darker. » 10/16/14 4:20pm 10/16/14 4:20pm

Scientists have teleported quantum information between two bits of diamond located 10 feet apart. It's a prime example of "spooky action at a distance" — and an achievement that could lead to quantum networks exponentially more powerful and secure than today's supercomputers. » 6/02/14 3:20pm 6/02/14 3:20pm

Teleportation just got easier – but not for you, unfortunately


Thanks to two studies published in Nature last Thursday, the chance of successful teleportation has considerably increased. Which is a good thing, right? » 8/23/13 2:51pm 8/23/13 2:51pm

Scientists teleport information in an electronic circuit

We’re still a far way’s off from being able to beam people through space, but in a science first, physicists have successfully transported information across a solid state system similar to a computer chip. The breakthrough could lead to more powerful processors and highly sophisticated encryption schemes. » 8/15/13 11:30am 8/15/13 11:30am

Human teleportation is far more impractical than we thought

Physics students from the University of Leicester have calculated the time and energy required to beam a complete person from the Earth’s surface to a location in space. Their results were discouraging, to say the least. » 8/01/13 8:00am 8/01/13 8:00am

Fan recreates the Star Trek teleport effect with Christmas lights

Who needs fancy special effects software and years of digital animation schooling when you can just wrap up objects in Christmas lights and spin them around real fast? As this video from Joey Shanks shows, sometimes it doesn't take much to create some really cool visuals. » 6/25/13 1:20pm 6/25/13 1:20pm

China is winning in the teleportation race

If the Space Race characterized the twentieth century, it's possible the Teleportation Race may characterize the twenty-first. Scientists all over the world are trying to perfect teleportation techniques, for a wide variety of applications including communications technology. (Sorry, this isn't the kind of… » 5/17/12 4:49pm 5/17/12 4:49pm

What is the most scientifically plausible superpower?

We all know that superheroes like Superman or Thor are completely impossible. But just for the sake of argument, are there any superpowers that could actually exist in the real world? We assembled a panel of experts to find out. » 6/13/11 4:23pm 6/13/11 4:23pm

China has a quantum teleporter and we don't

A team of scientists in China have transmitted quantum information between protons 10 miles apart without the use of a traditional signal or network. » 5/21/10 12:00pm 5/21/10 12:00pm

Take a Trip Down the Lynchian Rabbit Hole

Fans of surreal mysteries like Lost and The Prisoner would do well to check out Sin Titulo, Cameron Stewart's creepy noir comic involving malevolent nursing home employees, teleportation, and people psychically connected through a vision of a dead tree. » 9/02/09 11:34am 9/02/09 11:34am

Teleport Into The Secret History Of Tron

With Jumper opening today and everyone abuzz about teleportation, it seemed like the perfect time to remind everyone of another movie about teleportation: Tron. The device that zaps Jeff Bridges into the video-game world is actually built to teleport matter from one place to another. Learn the secret history of Tron,… » 2/15/08 11:12am 2/15/08 11:12am

Which Will Suck Less: Jumper or Knight Rider?

This weekend pits the teleporting deadpannisms of Hayden Christensen in the movie Jumper vs. Val Kilmer's monotone as KITT in Sunday's Knight Rider TV movie. So which one will be less sucky? We've already weighed in with our Jumper review, and we've given you a look at some clips from Knight Rider. Will you be… » 2/15/08 8:40am 2/15/08 8:40am

No, Kids, That's Not How Teleportation Really Works

I know how much all of you wanted to believe that the teleportation effects in Jumper were based on real science, but it turns out tragically not to be true. Popular Mechanics has roped an actual physicist, Dr. Max Tegmark of MIT, into explaining the difference between what Hayden Christensen and Jamie Bell do in … » 2/14/08 1:00pm 2/14/08 1:00pm

Dematerialize Yourself

A current exhibition in London gives you the feeling of stepping into a teleportation beam. Artist and film-maker Anthony McCall fills a room with dry ice, then two projectors beam a Quicktime video of moving cones of light into the haze. Thanks to the artificial smoke, the cones appear solid and it looks as though… » 1/08/08 10:20am 1/08/08 10:20am