After that last post I got all depressed and went looking for some funky science stories to cheer myself up.
And I found one.
Quantum entanglement is a truly bizarre phenomenon, even by the way-out-there standards of quantum physics.
The idea is that if two photons of light become "entangled" at a quantum level, then the state of one will instantaneously affect the state of the other, even if they are separated by thousands or maybe even millions or billions of miles.
The potential applications of this, from faster-than-light communication to quantum cryptography, are staggering.
The state of each photon is not set until observed (in line with Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, or if you prefer, Schrödinger's cat), so observing one photon affects the state of the other.
All lab experiements to date have supported the theory of entanglement, but having both photons Earthbound introduces a potential loophole, whereby the observation might have been in advance, and therefore the effect not truly instantaneous.
The solution? Send one of the entangled photons to the International Space Station and leave the other one on Earth.
Due to the relativistic movement between the two photons, an observer on Earth and an observer on the ISS could both claim to have measured their photon first.
That's truly exciting. Nobody knows how this will turn out.
Now if only we could get some funding for further study of boredons.