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August 29, 2015 AT 8:57 am

Quantum “Spookiness” Passes Toughest Test Yet @sciam

Nyt May 4, 1935

Quantum “Spookiness” Passes Toughest Test Yet – Scientific American.

It’s a bad day both for Albert Einstein and for hackers. The most rigorous test of quantum theory ever carried out has confirmed that the ‘spooky action at a distance’ that the German physicist famously hated — in which manipulating one object instantaneously seems to affect another, far away one — is an inherent part of the quantum world.

The experiment, performed in the Netherlands, could be the final nail in the coffin for models of the atomic world that are more intuitive than standard quantum mechanics, say some physicists. It could also enable quantum engineers to develop a new suite of ultrasecure cryptographic devices.

“From a fundamental point of view, this is truly history-making,” says Nicolas Gisin, a quantum physicist at the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

Raed more – one note, it’s not a bad day for “hackers” who usually embrace and welcome ultrasecure cryptographic devices.


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