By Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor   |   September 14, 2013 10:09am ET
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Beats taking the subway. Starfleet officers beam to their destination via the USS Enterprise’s transporter on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Credit: Paramount Television

Quantum mechanics allows for some very strange things, like the teleportation of information and computers that can break even the toughest codes.

Recently, scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich made a step toward building a working quantum computer by teleporting bits of information across a computer chip. The results of the study were detailed Aug. 15 in the journal Nature.

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