Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th May 2009 22:24 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... Today, the new Star Trek film has seen its official premiere here in The Netherlands tonight, and in honour of that, I figured an article on Space.com about the possibility of faster-than-light travel would make a good fit on OSNews. The article is quite technical, so bear with me on this one. I hope I get everything right.
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by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 7th May 2009 23:54 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

I used to read New Scientist back in the day which loved any story about warp drive physics.

One theorist calculated the amount of energy it would take to warp space time to the necessary extent to move the enterprise (TOS). He determined it would take more energy than existed in the universe, even if you took all the other matter and turned it into energy ( via e=mc^2 naturally).

Then there was a follow up a few months later where another one proposed the concept of negative energy as a solution. So you could warp space effectively if you only had such a thing as negative energy.

Then I believe I remember someone else showed that negative energy couldn't exist for some reason or another.

So basically, the answer is a big maybe. We're so far away from actually doing any of it, it might as well be magic to us. I've already advised my friends working on the LHC to look out for negative energy ( they sort of just laughed ).

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RE: Other Ideas
by Tuishimi on Fri 8th May 2009 00:49 in reply to "Other Ideas"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

:)

Who knows what awaits to be discovered!

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