The network, though it has always been in place, works on principles of quantum physics that were considered theoretical until last month, when they were finally observed.
Called “quantum entanglement”, it involves photons, particles of energy that are members of the Standard Model (the ultimate building blocks of the universe, the stuff subatomic particles – protons, neutrons and electrons – are made of).
Photons,usually thought of as “particles of light”, are more properly packages of energy that have no mass but do have momentum and direction. Photons are exchanged (given off or received) by the nucleii of all atoms undergoing chemical interaction. Once photons become entangled (with other photons), they become linked pairs, and changes in one photon appear immediately in the other, no matter how far distant they might be from each other. Feet, miles, or light years are irrelevant. The changes are instantaneous, implying they are the result of conditions inherent in the photons themselves rather than the result of transmissions.
Einstein called quantum entanglement “spooky action at a distance.” He could not explain it; once it was observed, he also could not deny it was real. Therefore, he used it to “unvalidate” quantum physics as an actual science, as long as he could.
Though it has long been accepted that cats scratch in their sandboxes for reasons other than the disposition of their poop and pee, no one had put forward a theory as to that purpose. Never has there been any speculation that cats have language. However, a recently completed comprehensive survey of the life of pussycats confirmed that the scratching cats do in their sandboxes depict linguistic characters, figures between letters and hieroglyphs that represent sounds and thoughts, and that they appear on the surfaces of other sandboxes. some thousands of miles apart, on the other side of the planet.