Exploiting a quirk of quantum mechanics that Albert Einstein dismissed as “spooky action at a distance,” a team of physicists reports in Science this week the first reliable method of quantum transportation. The team teleported individual bits of information, rather than Starfleet captains, between two electrons trapped in supercooled diamonds separated by 3 meters of empty space. Whereas previous quantum teleportation efforts succeeded in only one of every 100 million attempts, the researchers say their new method has near 100% accuracy. The researchers believe their work will bring quantum computers closer to reality, The New York Times reports.
Scientists Crack Quantum Teleportation
Watch: Richard III Had a Severely Crooked Spine
We now have a complete picture of the extent of Richard III’s scoliosis, New Scientist reports. Using CT scans and multiple images of his skeleton, scientists were able to stitch together 3D models of the former king of England’s spine. Had it not been for his spinal deformity, Richard would have stood more than 1.7 meters tall. Instead, he appeared multiple centimeters shorter, and his right shoulder was higher than his left. The findings, published online today in The Lancet, also indicate that his backbone was twisted into a spiral shape.
Happy 95th Birthday, Relativity!
Ninety-five years ago, Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity squashed the then-accepted, and flawed, Newtonian law of universal gravitation. The debate came to a close on 29 May 1919 when a total solar eclipse proved Einstein right, Starts With a Bang reports. Observations and photographs of the phenomenon that day demonstrated that light is bent by gravity to the exact degree that Einstein’s theory had predicted.
Spiders Disguise Themselves as Bird Poop
The orb-web spider uses a unique technique to avoid being eaten; it disguises itself as a pile of bird droppings, Discovery News reports. Dubbed Cyclosa ginnaga, the arachnid creates the look all on its own by adding white “decor,” such as carcasses and egg sacs, to its web. Researchers recently saw how effective the masquerade was after ruining several disguises with black powder. Wasps quickly noticed the spiders and gobbled them up, while those still sitting in white “bird poop” were ignored, according to a study published this week in Scientific Reports.