Thursday, August 14, 2008

Faster-Than-Light Travel: Maybe

"Spaceship Could Fly Faster Than Light" (August 13, 2008)

"Travel by bubble might seem more appropriate for witches in Oz, but two physicists suggest that a future spaceship could fold a space-time bubble around itself to travel faster than the speed of light.

"We're talking about the very distant future, of course.

"The idea involves manipulating dark energy – the mysterious force behind the universe's ongoing expansion – to propel a spaceship forward without breaking the laws of physics."

I know: it sounds like Star Trek.

But this is real - if very theoretical - physics. A physicist named Alcubierre started the ball rolling quite a few years ago. (More at "Serious Discussions of Warp Drive" (May 24, 2008).)

Exciting times.

Another article:

"Research Warps into Hyperdrive" (March 8, 2006)
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