Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Beaming You Up a Time Suck

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Beaming You Up a Time Suck

Article excerpt

In the sci-fi classic, Star Trek, teleportation is an everyday thing. But how much time would teleporting a human being really take?

A group of physics students at the University of Leicester have done the calculations and published their paper, Travelling by Teleportation, in the university's Journal of Physics Special Topics.

The students investigated teleporting a person from Earth's surface to a point in Earth's orbit. The first step is to represent the person in transferable data, based on his or her DNA. Total data for one human cell was calculated as approximately [10.sup.10] bits (b), and each cell contains enough information to replicate any other type of cell in the body. Mentally rebuilding a person is more difficult. Encoding the complete information of the traveler's brain would increase the data content to around 2.6 x [10.sup.42] b.

After calculating the size of the basic data of a person, the students then calculated the time needed to teleport that data to the chosen point in space. …

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