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Confiscated log entries concerning research, particle scanners, micromachines, and computer software on the subject of Teleportation.

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September 4th

Quantum teleportation. It's not only possible, we've done it. By entangling photons in a quantum state, we were able to teleport a message through a 1 mile fiber optic wire and reassemble the message at the receiving end. The field of cryptology will be very grateful because the message CANNOT be intercepted because it doesn't exist at any one point; it can only be blocked or distorted at best. We consider this a great victory!

September 21st

I was attempting to build a device to effectively scatter any quantum transmissions when my colleague announced that he had been able to teleport a specific mass of helium via the fiber optic wire. Our funding just went through the roof. 

December 24th

We placed a 1 pound sample of gold into the particle scanner and watched it dematerialize in front of our eyes. Without the fiber optic cable to guide the particles, we were amazed to see the gold sample rematerialize on the table in the adjacent test chamber. Cautiously, we tested the sample and were again astonished to find that it was a stable, precise replica of the 1 pound gold sample. After months of trials, it would seem that we've finally limited success over the uncertainty principle and unlocked a new frontier. Merry Christmas!

January 12th

I am eating toast for breakfast. We just finished teleporting an entire toaster, in working condition, from one room into another, and I'm using that very same toaster to make my breakfast. We had to utilize our new supercomputer to store the vast quantities of particle information, but we are more excited now than ever!

January 20th

I wish I would have thought of it. A colleague has managed a streaming particle scanner. Instead of scanning and storing particles for teleportation, this teleports each particle as soon as it scans it. We don't even need the supercomputer anymore! If only there was an elegant solution like that for power consumption.

April 4th

Today I announcement my achievement to the lab (though much credit goes to my team). I have created micromachines that will scan and stream surrounding particles and coordinate with the surrounding micromachines to allow for large objects to be teleported through hundreds or potentially thousands of concurrent streams. We test it on a live toad tomorrow.

April 6th

After sleepless nights of tweaking the coordinating stream reassembly (and thirteen toads later), a live toad was successfully teleported, in tact. The toad's eyes are bloodshot, but there are not other qualitative or quantitative differences noticeable. The toad hasn't moved except for an occasional twitch.

May 17th

We were asked to look into time travel a few weeks ago, and life has been pretty hectic. I don't know much about special relativity or time dilation, but from what I hear, it might not be much of a stretch compared to what we've been doing. Apparently, not everyone else in the lab is so optimistic. Here are some of the lab notes I've seen:

Time travel won't work! Can we send something to a different time? Yes we can, but only in theory. We attempt to move a particle a mere 1 second into the future only to find that the particle vanishes. Everyone has a hypothesis, but here is what I think:

  1. At our current longitude, the Earth is spinning at an average 453 meters per second.
  2. On average, the Earth orbits the sun at approximately 29.805 km per second (this distance varies based on the current path of the Earth's orbit around the sun).
  3. On average, the solar system is spinning and orbiting the Milky Way at approximately 250km/sec (varied by the current location within the orbit).
  4. On average, the Milky Way moves in the Local Group of Galaxies approximately 300km/sec.
  5. If we were to time travel a particle exactly .01 second into the future, we would have to offset its position approximately 3 kilometers give or take up to 2,802.58 meters depending on the current direction of travel within all given orbits and the projected location .01 second from the time of departure. This is just to make the object appear in the same location .01 seconds later.
  6. This calculation doesn't take into account the speed that our Local Group of Galaxies is moving in relation to the absolute center of the Universe.
  7. Our understanding of Astronomy is not precise enough to allow time travel to work because we will only know it has worked when we actually "see" the particle arrive at the specified location.

May 18th

The toad finally died. It had to be force fed, but its body digested foods properly. It's like the toad's mind was gone.

May 30th

We've made magic! A small, sophisticated computer program was able to coordinate the efforts of my micromachines effectively enough to teleport a cat. Sonja still comes when you call her. Unfortunately, the micromachines are not the perfect solution because they can only process so much at a time. It took nearly 9 seconds to teleport the entire cat. We need to use more micromachines next time. Sonja's eyes are bloodshot though. I guess the capillaries in the eyes are too rapidly moving to be accurately reassembled. It makes me wonder what else could be off about the reassembled cat. We will continue to monitor her.

June 4th

Alexi teleported himself. I arrived here this morning to find the lab sealed off. Alexi was inside. The others said that he must have teleported himself late last night and somehow triggered a lockdown protocol. He kept muttering incoherently, and times we could see him drop to the ground in convulsions before he would stand and being wandering and muttering again. I was surprised that no one else had called for security yet. They are all willing to risk permanent injury to him just so they can watch and observe a little longer. Security personnel arrived, broke into the lab, and restrained Alexi. Alexi bit the security guards like a common beast. As they carried him out, he was letting out a baleful mourning. I saw his blood-red eyes looking at me as he passed. It has been a very unsettling day.

June 5th

They are shutting us down. We've made so much progress, and they are sweeping it away because one person made a stupid mistake. They are taking away all of our research and equipment. I've seen those crates they're loading the equipment into before. They are going to bury this miracle of science. They've done this to me before. They take the equipment and notes to an underground storage facility East of town that may as well be a furnace since nothing ever leaves that place.

I couldn't sleep last night. I kept thinking about those red eyes. He was mad. Such a brilliant mind. He will probably be buried too.

The first of the trucks is getting ready to leave with some equipment, and they will take this book from me soon as well. Wait, the trucks are heading West. Why wou

End of Confiscated Logs

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Voted PoisonAlchemist
August 29, 2011, 19:01

Interesting. I am not sure what to make of this, but I can see it being useful as fluff to lead into a mystery or eplain some things. It's well written and clear.

Voted Cheka Man
August 29, 2011, 19:39

Now this is great. :) 4/5

August 30, 2011, 6:16

Now this is a mystery that needs some explaining - why did everyone have bloodshot eyes? Why did he go mad? Pray tell!

August 30, 2011, 11:41
Good questions! The rub is that the writer of these logs didn't know the answers. Anyone could speculate that it would take even longer to teleport a human since the cat took so long to fully teleport. Since particles are reassembled in space relative to the particle scanning micromachines, maybe Alexi simply moved his head slightly during the scanning. Maybe the particle reassembly wasn't accurate enough. Maybe ... well I don't want to give away too much. I'm planning another sub to follow up.
Voted Scrasamax
August 30, 2011, 8:22
Please sir, can we have some moar?
August 30, 2011, 11:44
Thanks for the encouragement, Scrasamax. I'm planning another submission to follow up on this one. Stay tuned.
Voted Dossta
September 1, 2011, 0:46

An excellent little mystery.  I wonder what the significance of East vs. West was in the end?  I'm really looking forward to your next submission on the subject.

September 3, 2011, 8:36
I'm guessing West is towards some secret government research facility... So instead of burying the teleportation research, they're actually stealing it, those G-men bastards!
Voted sverigesson
September 3, 2011, 8:37
Only voted
Voted Murometz
June 18, 2013, 22:13
Oh, this is a fun one! Come back OmegaDraco, tell us more!
Voted valadaar
December 12, 2013, 18:08
Indeed. Finish the story good sir!

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