A Pair of Diamonds

Español: Intercambio de anillos entre los novios

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I am about to talk today about an uber strange concept known as Quantum Entanglement.

Don’t worry, I’ll not go into details.  I’m not qualified to do that anyway.  Normally I wouldn’t even get into this topic, but something very interesting has happened and I want to write about it.

Quantum entanglement is taking a pair of very small particles (sub-atomic) and causing them to behave it such a way so that something that happens to one effects the other, at theoretically any distance, at faster than the speed of light.  Folks way smarter than I have been working on this, learning about it, and making it better for a few years now.  Typically, this is done at cryogenic temperatures also…that means very cold…which is something else to note.

Sorry if my description isn’t 100% accurate since I don’t fully understand quantum entanglement.  The guy in this video can explain it to you better…

To follow stuff like this, I normally need lots more sleep and quiet contemplation time that my lifestyle allows.  Perhaps you’ll do better with it.  You can also read the wiki link on quantum entanglement at the start of this article, which totally lost me.

Some folks claim that this could evolve into faster than light information transmission…but not yet, since it’s still way too geeky.  Well it got a little less geeky recently when scientists expanded it a bit.  They were able to duplicate the effects of quantum entanglement in a pair of millimeter-sized diamonds, three centimeters apart.  That means that they energized both diamonds with a laser, separated them, and then deenergized one to see the other deenergize also…and they did it at room temperature.  Cool.

Einstein called quantum entanglement “spooky”, but it just got a little bit spookier because a millimeter-sized diamond is humongous on a quantum scale.  Room temperature means a lot to.

Can we use it yet?  I don’t think so.  But if they really can do a quantum thing to non-quantum-sized objects, like millimeter-sized diamonds, at room temperature, then they are getting closer.

So here’s the part that has me as a writer all geeking out and everything.  Work with me here…

-They did this with diamonds…

-Diamonds are used in wedding rings

-The lives of married couples are tied together on multiple levels…

-And things that happen to one of them effects the other.

Wouldn’t it be cool if we could permanently quantum-entangle two diamonds and set them in a his and her set of  wedding rings?

Wouldn’t it be cool if this imbued the couple with special abilities that enhanced their teamwork at a distance?

I feel a really fun scifi story comin’ on…

Gotta go!

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~ by Bill Housley on December 3, 2011.

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