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A gem of a quantum teleporter

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Science  01 Aug 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6196, pp. 510-511
DOI: 10.1126/science.1256698

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The television series “Star Trek” owes its longevity to the fact that when Captain Kirk was in danger on the surface of a planet, his chief engineer, Montgomery Scott, could teleport him back to the Enterprise each and every time, not just once every thousand episodes. The quantum-mechanical realization of teleportation—where a quantum state can be teleported to a distant location—has taken a while to reach this level of reliability. On page 532 of this issue, Pfaff et al. (1) report on the first deterministic and unconditional quantum teleportation using matter-based systems.