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As best we can guess, life started on planet Earth about 3.5 billion years ago. Unfortunately, so did death. And the reaper remains undefeated.

 

About 99 percent of all species that ever lived are now extinct. There’s almost no scientific reason to believe humans won’t join them in a relatively insignificant amount of time. I say almost because, if we try really hard, we can conceive of a theoretical, science-based intervention for death. Let’s call it a “quantum respawn.”

 

We’re not the first generation to imagine immortality. But we are the first one to have access to this really cool research paper from physicists working at the University of Rochester in New York, and Purdue University in Indiana.

 

Titled “Conditional teleportation of quantum-dot spin states,” the work describes the experimental quantum entanglement of electrons. It’s main focus is on quantum teleportation, a funky feature of quantum physics wherein information can be shared between two physically-distant quantum objects. Instead of “sending” or receiving” information, entangled quantum objects share information instantly. That’s why it’s called teleportation.

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Category: Science