U.S. military mulls 'beam-up' machine

Aug. 30, 2005 at 1:54 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has spent $25,000 on a feasibility study of beaming people around, or teleporting, as in the 1960s "Star Trek" television show.

The report, titled "Teleportation Physics Study," examined possible ways to teleport humans and objects through space, and was written by physicist Eric Davis.

His 79-page study explored a series of possibilities, ranging from "Star Trek"-style travel to transportation via so-called wormholes in the fabric of space to psychic travel through solid walls, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Davis said on one hand, "Star Trek"-style teleportation faces enormous obstacles, partly because it would require the development of extraordinarily high-speed computers and would consume mind-boggling amounts of energy.

But he also expressed enthusiasm for research allegedly conducted by Chinese scientists who, he says, reports "gifted children were able to cause the apparent teleportation of small objects (radio micro-transmitters, photosensitive paper, mechanical watches, horseflies, other insects, etc.)."

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