For the first time, physicists at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo have demonstrated the distribution of three entangled photons at three different locations (Alice, Bob and Charlie) several hundreds of metres apart, proving quantum nonlocality for more than two entangled photons.
This is the sort of science that opens doors to future technology. This is why it's so important to fund scientific research, even when profit isn't something can be immediately discerned. For-profit business has little interest in doing this sort of groundwork, but it's just this sort of groundwork which will lead to entirely new definitions and modes of communication and computing.
In short, what we have here is an experiment which created 3 entangled photons. Meaning, that whatever happens to 1 photon will also happen to the other two - instantaneously. They then beamed 2 of the photons out to other locations so each was 700m away from one another. They then manipulate one photon and see what happens. It works. All 3 photons reacted to one another instantaneously - proving the ability to communicate without being restricted by the speed of light.
If we are ever going to make it to the stars as a species, such an ability to communicate will be a necessity. The significance of this research cannot go understated.