In early July, scientists in China revealed they had used a "spooky" property of the universe to pull off teleportation between the ground and space for the first time. No people or things were teleported, only properties of photons — or particles of light — using a physics theory called quantum mechanics. The experiment was a proof of concept.
Chinese scientists say they have "teleported" a photon particle from the ground to a satellite orbiting 1,400km (870 miles) away. For many, however, teleportation evokes something much more exotic. Is a world previously confined to science fiction now becoming reality?