Remember Jeff Goldblum’s character Seth Brundle say he was going to change the world? He was talking about teleportation, only a fly was caught in the ointment, literally.
Ever since Star Trek made teleportation a cool mode of transportation in the 60s, scientists have been dreaming about teleportation.
The dream is now one very tiny step closer to reality.
Led by Caltech, a collaborative team from Fermilab, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Harvard University, the University of Calgary and AT&T have now successfully teleported qubits (basic units of quantum info) across almost 14 miles of fiber optic cables with 90 percent precision. This is because of quantum entanglement, the phenomenon in which quantum particles which are mysteriously “entangled” behave exactly the same even when far away from each other.
Seth Brundle for Vice President? Who needs the Republicans and Democrats, a new mutant cross-pollination of human and insect should be put in power.
(come on, you know I’m joking)
David Cronenberg outdid himself with the remake of The Fly. I know, recently I said harsh things about remakes. I hate most of them, yes I do, but they aren’t all bad. This is one of a small few exceptions. Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum, that movie is just off the charts good.
And then there’s the Vice Presidential debate last night and the star wasn’t Mike Pence or Kamala Harris, it’s the fly that buzzed in and landed on Pence’s head for an inordinate amount of time. I mean, really, politics aside, this was spellbinding TV.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who I haven’t seen in Veep yet (but hated her in Downhill) makes an astute observation below. I’m now more interested in Veep, the show has risen up my watchlist, purely because she put spotlight on the genius of the fly.
Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus reacted to a moment in the Vice Presidential debate when a fly landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s head: “I really wish we had thought of this.”
The fly on Pence’s head has gone viral and, thank you for a good laugh!
A lot of things make this funny. When you think about politics, pretty much everybody agrees it’s a dirty racket. Flies are filthy, nasty creatures and you usually notice a fly landing on you, particularly on your head. Vice President Pence doesn’t seem to notice or care as he’s talking in the debate. It just lands on his head and steals the screentime and focus of viewers while he just keeps talking.
Flies are disgusting, indeed. They literally reproduce in excrement, rotting food and garbage.
“are flies dangerous?” They seem innocuous enough and flies themselves don’t physically harm you; very few flies will bite or sting, especially not the flies we come into contact on a regular basis here in Wisconsin. But cluster flies, house flies and stable flies (among others) are known for spreading at least 200 known pathogens and parasites to humans; so the answer is yes – flies are dangerous!