Today, science takes one more crucial step towards Star Trek's transporter. Then it’s on to tracking down ivory smugglers, investigating the mysteries of life on Earth, and peeking below the ice of Antarctica.
These experiments, which are an important step for quantum information research, use two glass containers filled with caesium gas atoms. The two glasses are enclosed in a magnetic field, and a laser is used to teleport information from one glass of gas to the other. The quantum information is based on the orientation of the gas atoms, which can point “up” or “down”—analogous to a computer’s binary code of ones and zeros. Potential future applications for this research could include teleporting information from Earth to satellites.
DNA testing at a UW lab is a powerful weapon against ivory smugglers The Center for Conservation Biology at UW has been extracting and analyzing DNA from ivory seized from smugglers, and developing a map of the geographic origins of these tusks. Agents hope to use these findings to target poaching “hot spots,” so they can make efficient use of limited resources for protecting elephants.
NASA’s updated map of de-iced Antarctica helps predict its response to climate change Created by the British Antarctic Survey, this map shows a virtually thawed continent, revealing valuable information like the thickness of the ice. But honestly, it’s also just cool to peel Antarctica’s wig back: