When can you beam me up Scotty?

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I don’t know if I consider myself to be a Trekkie; but I have always been a huge fan of the brand. Do I have a shirt with Spock on it, most definitely? Have I been eyeballing a painting of Data holding his cat? Oh yes. I mean, I started off watching Star Trek: The Next Generation at the same time that reruns of the original Star Trek TV show were starting again. This was also the same time that the original Star Trek movies started flowing out of the theaters. So I had it coming from all directions and I loved every minute of it. Since I had a little free time yesterday afternoon; I decided to sit down and watch some TV. While flipping through the free movies on Amazon Prime, I decided to watch the 2009 Star Trek movie for the dozenth time. It is one of my favorites and in my opinion of the best Science Fiction movies of the 00s. Since I had seen the movie countless times, I could observe the details (such as the scientific terms that they throw around so easily). What truly drew my attention was the scene where the crew are ‘beamed’ aboard a moving star ship at warp speed. My question was, since Star Trek has helped along so many technological advances (language translators, tablet computers, cell phone, etc); why is teleportation such an alien (no pun intended) feat? Is the instantaneous transportation of matter actually possible?

393px-Albert_Einstein_1947Back in 1998, scientists started applying Albert Einstein’s term for teleporting, spukhafte Fernwirkung (translation – ‘spooky action at a distance’) while ‘sending’ beams of light and actual atoms across space in a process that is called “quantum entanglement“. The researchers create three charged atoms (normally beryllium); and like all atoms, have certain unique properties. The magnetic field, spin, and motion of the atoms all are unique to each atom. In teleportion, the scientists move the properties of the first atom to the third atom which in essence ‘re-creates’ the first atom. Physicists face a giant hurdle when it comes to moving the first atom’s unique characteristics due to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle which states that ‘one cannot known with certainty the properties of a particle, including its location and 126px-Entanglementspeed’. To surpass this hurdle, scientists ‘entangle’ the second and third atom. Confused yet? Well essentially through the magic of quantum physics, the physicists can measure the properties of the atom without changing it. So they transmit the properties of the first atom to the third by going through the second atom leading it on to atom C which takes on the properties of the first atom.

360px-Star_Trek_-_Enterprise_D_TransporterSo….when do we start teleporting ourselves? Since they are having difficulty transporting a single atom, it may be a while. Physicists can transmit light and atoms. They have successfully sent atoms about two feet, while being able to launch photons about 20 miles. Captain Kirk, Captain Picard, and the rest of the Starship Enterprise can at ease use their transporter; but in our reality the information contained in the photon’s quantum state is transmitted from one photon to another through the quantum entanglement. It doesn’t actually travel the distance. An exact copy appears in the new location; and the original photon is destroyed. Since our body consist of about 15 trillion cells; it will be a while before they create a machine smart enough to copy and reposition the trillions of atoms in the human body. And you can bet that I won’t be the first one to test it out if they do.

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Publicity photo of Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner as Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk from the Television program Star Trek accredited to NBC Television – eBay item photo front photo back press release, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17205358

Albert Einstein in 1947 (full original pic) by Photograph by Oren Jack Turner, Princeton, N.J. – The Library of Congress, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=254353

Quantum Entanglement Schematic by Quantuwiki – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44487854

Star Trek Enterprise Transporter photo from the fictional Star Trek universe by Konrad Summers – Originally posted to Flickr as Star Trek – Enterprise D Transporter, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7247765

Featured Image – Star Trek Crew Members photo from the Star Trek television series accredited to NBC Television – eBayfrontback, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=37119483

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I knew it was only a matter of “Time”

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600px-SDCC_2014_-_Masters_of_the_Universe_(7752978172)Sometimes the only thing it takes is just time for all of the things that you dreamed of getting as a child, to be available to you when you are older. Unless you dreamed of owning a dragon or wanted to become a super hero, then you can pretty much fulfill your childhood dreams. GI Joe fans can join the Marines. Masters of the Universe fanatics can purchase He-Man’s power sword or Star Trek’s Trekkies can learn Klyngon while wielding the infamous Bat’leth. We can cosplay as Deadpool all day long while visiting our favorite Con. If we have the money can rock a mustache and black cowboy hat while driving 100 MPH in a black 1977 Smokey and the Bandit style Pontiac Firebird or sit back playing an Atari in a 1986 KITT Pontiac Trans Am. Carpentry ready fans can build a TARDIS in their backyard. Or those of us with a big imagination can travel back in time after they hit 88 MPH in their own Delorean. Is it exactly the same as we dreamed? Definitely not. But things usually are different than they seemed when we were little. Reality usually sits in but that doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun a little!

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For those of us born in the 80s, the realization of fulfilling our dreams is a little bit closer thanks to O’Reilly Auto Parts. Well….kind of. Anyways, go to the O’Reilly Auto Part’s website and search for Part #121G. Trust me!!! You won’t be upset that you did.

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Featured Image: He-Man is a TimeLord image by Chris Favero from USA – He-Man is a TimeLord?, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34364586
Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am image by and accredited to Pat Loika – LBCC-1, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42451758
He-Man, She-Ra and Teela cosplay image by and accredited to Ryan Quick from Greenbelt, MD, USA – Masters of the Universe, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42384853
Knight Rider KITT car image by and accredited to Thomas R Machnitzki (thomas@machnitzki.com) – Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19551841
Delorean image by and accredited to Spanish Coches – DMC Delorean, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38114628