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It may not lead to Star Trek teleportation, but researchers have revealed a major breakthrough in quantum teleportation.

Researchers succeeded in teleporting information about the quantum state of a photon, a particle of light, over 15.5 miles (25 kilometers) of optical fiber to a crystal 'memory bank,' setting a new record of distance traveled in this manner.

The research could have implications for cryptography, which involves transmitting information securely, including communications between Earth and spacecraft.

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