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Sci-fi Becomes Sci-fact: The Real Star Trek

March 4, 2013 Astrophysics, Missions 4123
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As some of you may have heard, scientists at NASA’s Johnson Space Center are working on warp technology (did your little Trekkie heart just skip a beat?).

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Image Source: By Kris Holland, based on Enterprise Design by Matt Jeffries

In 1994, physicist Miguel Alcubierre proposed a new kind of technology that would allow us to travel 10 times faster than the speed of light, without actually breaking the speed of light. Sound confusing? Well, the Alcubierre drive does not actually propel the ship to speeds exceeding light; instead, it uses the deformation of spacetime permitted by General Relativity to warp the universe around the vessel. Essentially, when the drive is activated the spacetime behind expands, while in the front it contracts. In this respect, the path taken becomes a time-like free-fall. The ship hums along in a little bubble of space, and neither the passengers nor the vessel encounter inertial effects.

This form of travel would make space flight significantly faster. For example, a trip to the nearest star (Proxima Centauri), which rests some four light years from Earth, would ordinarily take over 17,000 years. However, with the Alcubierre drive, it would take a little under five months. For those of us who have a mental breakdown on 10 hour plane flights, 5 months might still seem like quite a bit of travel time. But when we are talking about the vast cosmic distances between Earth and Proxima Centauri, a 5 month trip would be an achievement of monumental proportions (keep in mind, it took Curiosity 8 months just to reach Mars).

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This Vulcan command ship features a warp engine similar to an Alcubierre Drive. Image Source: io9

Most notably, this method of travel does not involve time dilation. Ordinarily, time slows down as you come closer to the speed of light. So a person traveling really fast might only age 5 months, while the rest of the universe ages 5 million years. But this doesn’t happen with the Alcubierre drive. Since time is also warped, it passes the same for both the traveler and those left behind on Earth.

Scientists at NASA have created a miniature version of the warp drive in their labs, and are attempting to create small warps in space and time. This may be the beginning of real-life warp drive.

…of course, there are some problems we’ll need to overcome first.

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Hypothetically, this device could propel a ship to speeds exceeding the speed-of-light. Image: Harold White

The first problem is that this Drive requires prohibitive amounts of energy (a ball of antimatter the size of Jupiter, to be exact). However, scientists reworked Alcubierre’s equations and concluded that, by oscillating the warp bubble and altering the shape of the vessel, the amount of energy needed to create a warp bubble is reduced to a mere 500 kilograms, which is about the size of the Voyager spacecraft (NASA’s Voyager spacecraft…not Captain Janeway’s).

Another problem is that antimatter is horribly dangerous (terribly, horribly dangerous). Interact with a small amount of this energy in the wrong way, you’ll get a blast larger than the energy released during the bombing of Hiroshima. Unfortunately, the 500 kilograms needed for the new ship’s design still requires energy equivalent to 1.5 million Hiroshimas (which is more than enough to destroy civilization and wipe most life off the face of the Earth).

And the last problem: any people or objects at the destination point will be gamma ray and high energy particles blasted into oblivion (we’re talking about the complete and utter annihilation of whole star systems…yeah, just a minor hang-up).

A visualization of a warp field. The ship rests in a bubble of normal space.

A visualization of a warp field. The ship rests in a bubble of normal space. Source

There are a plethora of high-energy particles flying throughout the cosmic void, and research indicates that some of these particles would get swept up in the craft’s warp field (bubble of space) and remain trapped. When the ship reenters normal space, the particles would be released. And relativity indicates that there is no upper limit to the amount of energy an Alcubierre drive could pick up. So travelers on their way to Proxima Centauri could annihilate the system upon their arrival. Even worse, re-positioning the vessel won’t help, as this death ray might be projected in all directions.

However, don’t be too upset. Scientists are still crunching the numbers to see if this technology is really as dangerous as feared. And even if it is super dangerous, it doesn’t mean that we can’t use it to seek out new life and new civilizations…it just means that we might accidentally destroy said new life and new civilizations when we get there.

 

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  1. Timothy Riches March 4, 2013 at 4:21 am -

    This is great! (incidentally, there is a typo in the first paragraph, “…in the font it contracts.” ;)

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    • JoleneFQTQ March 4, 2013 at 4:50 am -

      And the “font” has magically transformed into the “front.” :) Thanks

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  2. Jonathan Kehn March 4, 2013 at 5:27 am -

    i think they need to get artificial gravity 1st. why? you spend to much time in space and weightlessness will start to eat away your muscle mass and bone density like a leach. this is why you see a lot of people in space working out on equipment.

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    • Rastislav Vysoky March 4, 2013 at 5:33 am -

      you can achieve artificial gravity by using centrifugal force, like they did in few science fiction flicks before (remember babilon5?)

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      • Mickus November 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm -

        I thought that would only do so much for us tho

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        • Joshua Petersen January 20, 2014 at 6:19 pm -

          It’d do enough to stop bone decay. It’s just the constant force, doesn’t matter where it’s coming from as far as our bodies are concerned.

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      • Chet Manly January 20, 2014 at 7:12 pm -

        useless unless the ship is a perfect sphere, which likely is not the design change they are looking for.

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        • Matthew Schultz January 21, 2014 at 3:02 am -

          Wouldn’t a perfect sphere have really weak ‘gravity’ at its poles? A disk (or saucer) might be a better shape. Luckily there is no air in space, so you could design your ship however you wanted, and aerodynamics be damned.

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          • Corey Long January 21, 2014 at 3:39 am -

            best way to achieve artificial gravity would be a rotating ring, similar to a halo ring or elysium, with the people living on the iinside

  3. whatwhowhere March 4, 2013 at 6:45 pm -

    Scientists -AS- NASA’s Johnson Space Center or -AT- NASA’s Johnson Space Center?

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  4. starwrek March 6, 2013 at 6:58 am -

    I am not holding my breath. We can’t even reach orbit reliably. I would love this to be possible, but it will not happen as long as we have people yelling “Obama phone! Obama phone!” and holding their hand out. :-(

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    • JoleneFQTQ April 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm -

      And, you know, the US spends more money on defense spending than the next 13 nations combined. 20% of the budget goes to defense. That might factor in just a teensy bit. But..yeah…the Obama phone…that’s gotta be a whopping .0000000001% of the budget. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/01/07/everything-chuck-hagel-needs-to-know-about-the-defense-budget-in-charts/

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      • baltho December 24, 2013 at 1:53 am -

        looks like those other 13 nations better do it instead then!

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        • Submissus February 11, 2014 at 7:55 am -

          Thank god for SpaceX and the European Space teams!

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    • Mickus November 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm -

      Will Not Happen either with the other side taking more and more for nothing bar their enjoyment either… Who wastes more…

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    • Joshua Petersen January 20, 2014 at 6:18 pm -

      Seriously? You’re pointing those phones as the big expenditure that’s preventing this? SERIOUSLY?!? They’re not even on the same scale. The amount the federal government spends on the phones is comparable to that of a single road (if that). You want to cut big spending to fund this, you better look instead at corporate subsidies or the military.

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    • Colin Fitzgerald February 21, 2014 at 9:32 pm -

      Obama phone? Are you talking about the Reagan phones that people on welfare get for free? What does Obama have to do with that?

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  5. Azrael Mordad March 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm -

    well, if humanity do not discover the Alcubierre warp device as a new way to trip around the space, at least had discovered a new huge mass destruction weapon, why?, because: … re-positioning the vessel won’t help, as this death ray might be projected in all directions… it just means that we might accidentally destroy said new life and new civilizations when we get there.
    so, if aliens do not come in peace, they will know… XD

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  6. Michael Cole March 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm -

    Sad thing, is science is reading…hey 500kG of antimatter and we can go to Centauri. Hawks are reading it and going…hey 500kG of antimatter and we can rule the world or destroy it if they refuse.

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    • kenknerr September 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm -

      If you want anti-matter, just use Harry Reid’s brain.

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  7. swordmaker August 16, 2013 at 4:14 pm -

    “There are a plethora of high-energy particles flying throughout the
    cosmic void, and research indicates that some of these particles would
    get swept up in the craft’s warp field (bubble of space) and remain
    trapped. When the ship reenters normal space, the particles would be
    released. And relativity indicates that there is no upper limit to the
    amount of energy an Alcubierre drive could pick up.”

    It would be great (and efficient) if the Alcubierre Drive could be designed to use the energy of the particles it picks up along the way, rather than just stockpile them for a devastating release at journey’s end.

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    • Fenthing Jeffrey September 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm -

      Ram Scoops.

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    • Mickus November 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm -

      Hmm would have to interact with the bubble which i guess wouldn’t be a good idea would want that pretty stable. Maybe repel the particals. would be good to be able to use them as energy tho, but they said it could be a huge increase on energy which would need to store or release

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    • Microno January 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm -

      That was the thought that was going through my mind, why not utilise the high energy particles. If they have incredibly high energies I wonder if they could be used to generate antimatter and so, in essence ‘refuel’ the ship…

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  8. Katy Somerville September 23, 2013 at 8:18 am -

    sexy.

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  9. Katy Somerville September 23, 2013 at 8:18 am -

    sexy.

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  10. Luciano de Godoy September 23, 2013 at 8:18 am -

    Antonio Marcello Daniel Ortellado

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  11. Luciano de Godoy September 23, 2013 at 8:18 am -

    Antonio Marcello Daniel Ortellado

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  12. Dan Gould September 23, 2013 at 8:18 am -

    Think of the sheer number of sci-fi shows/movies/comics; some of the things they come up with were always going to be close to some real technology in the future. Even just statistically speaking!

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    • Jake Linton September 23, 2013 at 8:53 am -

      Maybe, it’s all psychological conditioning. Wait.. nope, I’m crazy.

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    • Vincent Nicoud September 23, 2013 at 10:28 am -

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    • Jesse Allen Kedrowski September 23, 2013 at 10:53 am -

      Although, a lot of science fiction (especially books) are very grounded in reality, with plausible technology and events.

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    • David Kretschmer September 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm -

      Yeah shows like stargate actually consulted Scientists to make sure everything in it was at least scientifically plausible.

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  13. Dan Gould September 23, 2013 at 8:18 am -

    Think of the sheer number of sci-fi shows/movies/comics; some of the things they come up with were always going to be close to some real technology in the future. Even just statistically speaking!

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    • Jake Linton September 23, 2013 at 8:53 am -

      Maybe, it’s all psychological conditioning. Wait.. nope, I’m crazy.

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  14. Eloy Campos September 23, 2013 at 8:19 am -

    What about objects in space like comets, meteors and debris that maybe in the path? how they would push them away?

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    • Vincent DuBach September 23, 2013 at 8:22 am -

      That rather depends on where you are in space, but you have to remember that there’s a lot more emptiness out there than there isn’t. Some place has material “packed” into it, but if you avoid those areas, you have very little to be concerned about. More than likely a vessel would drift out to where there’s less debris, and then engage warp.

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    • Eloy Campos September 23, 2013 at 8:25 am -

      That’s exactly my question especially for long drives, I mean how they would know where these areas are. just wondering.

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    • Jon Molnar September 23, 2013 at 8:32 am -

      Torn apart by the twisted bubble of space-time, apparently, just like all those accumulated charged particles.

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    • Harry Edwards September 23, 2013 at 8:34 am -

      I’m guessing they would first have to send some kind of navigational probe out first which is also equipped with this technology?

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    • Eloy Campos September 23, 2013 at 8:35 am -

      But they are just compressing space in front of the ship not moving stuff away.

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    • QDay On AMission September 23, 2013 at 8:45 am -

      they are gonna need deflector shields…

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    • Ricardo Leclaire September 23, 2013 at 9:00 am -

      Or just cover the ship with a lot of lube… a lot.. comets just slip across.

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    • Danny Heflin September 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm -

      when you compress space time in front and expand it behind, you can hit nothing its instant lack of movement they move space time not the ship

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    • Eloy Campos September 23, 2013 at 12:18 pm -

      well, the space move with everything on it.

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    • Chris Jay September 23, 2013 at 12:48 pm -

      Well, in Star Trek, vessels had a deflector dish that emitted a field that deflected space debris…

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    • Alexander Wonder September 23, 2013 at 1:58 pm -

      At those velocities mentioned objects can be cut through like paper. The ship’s outter haul will be way denser then those objects.

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  15. Eloy Campos September 23, 2013 at 8:19 am -

    What about objects in space like comets, meteors and debris that maybe in the path? how they would push them away?

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    • Vincent DuBach September 23, 2013 at 8:22 am -

      That rather depends on where you are in space, but you have to remember that there’s a lot more emptiness out there than there isn’t. Some place has material “packed” into it, but if you avoid those areas, you have very little to be concerned about. More than likely a vessel would drift out to where there’s less debris, and then engage warp.

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    • Eloy Campos September 23, 2013 at 8:25 am -

      That’s exactly my question especially for long drives, I mean how they would know where these areas are. just wondering.

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    • Jon Molnar September 23, 2013 at 8:32 am -

      Torn apart by the twisted bubble of space-time, apparently, just like all those accumulated charged particles.

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    • Harry Edwards September 23, 2013 at 8:34 am -

      I’m guessing they would first have to send some kind of navigational probe out first which is also equipped with this technology?

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    • Eloy Campos September 23, 2013 at 8:35 am -

      But they are just compressing space in front of the ship not moving stuff away.

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    • QDay On AMission September 23, 2013 at 8:45 am -

      they are gonna need deflector shields…

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    • Ricardo Leclaire September 23, 2013 at 9:00 am -

      Or just cover the ship with a lot of lube… a lot.. comets just slip across.

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  16. Cao Claudiu September 23, 2013 at 8:22 am -

    seems still sci-fi, there’s no mention about how they plan on bending spacetime

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  17. Cao Claudiu September 23, 2013 at 8:22 am -

    seems still sci-fi, there’s no mention about how they plan on bending spacetime

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  18. Mark Saddington September 23, 2013 at 8:24 am -

    Shields up, go to red alert, arm phasers and photon torpedoes….

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  19. Mark Saddington September 23, 2013 at 8:24 am -

    Shields up, go to red alert, arm phasers and photon torpedoes….

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  20. Travis Wayne Deuley September 23, 2013 at 8:25 am -

    Won’t there be a massive build up of Hawking radiation?

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  21. Travis Wayne Deuley September 23, 2013 at 8:25 am -

    Won’t there be a massive build up of Hawking radiation?

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  22. Red Hood Outlaw September 23, 2013 at 8:27 am -

    is it true

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  23. Steven Hutchins September 23, 2013 at 8:29 am -

    Like the bending ( or folding ?? ) of space in Dune….

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    • Michael D Harrell September 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm -

      No, nothing like that. At all. Foldspace technology leads to point to point jumps, not “free fall” through warped space. It’s completely different.

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    • Alissa Sharae September 23, 2013 at 1:03 pm -

      Dune and Battlestar Galactica (FTL drive) are most similar.

      Star Wars and Star Trek are most similar in that they both use “alternate dimension” space travel.

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    • Alissa Sharae September 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm -

      The most obvious difference is that “Jump” drive is instantaneous whilst “warp” drive is not.

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    • Alissa Sharae September 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm -

      Dune and Battlestar Galactica (FTL drive/ “Jump” drive) are most similar.

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    • Michael D Harrell September 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm -

      Thank you, Alissa. It seems a lot of people here don’t realize that warp is not instantaneous like foldspace jumps are.

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  24. Steven Hutchins September 23, 2013 at 8:29 am -

    Like the bending ( or folding ?? ) of space in Dune….

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  25. Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 8:29 am -

    I’m not sure if it’s discussed in the article but there’s a small problem with the alcubierre model, we would kinda destroy everything for hundreds of AU around us when we stop…. As your going through warp, hydrogen atoms collect on the ring of the ship, when you stop, they collide. BOOM!
    http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/140635-the-downside-of-warp-drives-annihilating-whole-star-systems-when-you-arrive

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    • Fitri Razak September 23, 2013 at 8:32 am -

      sounds like a good weapon to conquer the universe if there are other life hehe

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    • Fitri Razak September 23, 2013 at 8:36 am -

      i can imagine ,aliens sending signal for us to visit them. we send an expedition .. they blew their entire system including the aliens LOL…. then they make a turn come back to earth and destroys our system including earth.. hahahahahhaha

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 8:37 am -

      Well that’s a dismal outlook…. Lol

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    • Fitri Razak September 23, 2013 at 8:40 am -

      and besides i think we first need to upgrade our communication capabilities first right? == otherwise how would we know the warpdrives work.. i mean travelling in a distance of 40 light years, it will take 40 years for us to see with telescopes right?

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 8:49 am -

      Correct, nothing moves faster than light. Which means communications would have to be warped as well.

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    • Dan Sarka September 23, 2013 at 10:26 am -

      But … the solution is extremely simple :
      You don’t plot the destination to the system itself, but to an empty region of space close to the system. When you arrive, the particles dissipate safely … you then plot a much shorter jump closer to the system allowing the particles to again dissipate, and repeat until the final jump is short enough that the build-up of particles is inconsequential, thus causing no damage.
      Problem solved !! :-)

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    • Vincent Nicoud September 23, 2013 at 10:28 am -

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 10:30 am -

      i like the way you think, but one would assume some form of exotic exhaust system is better suited. plus when you stop you die as well so idk that shorter jumps are the answer :)

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    • Dan Sarka September 23, 2013 at 10:39 am -

      But designing an “exhaust system” for the warp bubble may prove more hazardous than you think … I wouldn’t want to try siphoning particles off of a warp bubble while “in flight” … it could disrupt the bubble causing catastrophic failure.
      Also, the article never mentioned that you would be destroyed upon arrival .. It stated that they believe the particles would be blown away from you in a cone shaped discharge in front of the craft. :-)

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 10:41 am -

      it depends on the design, and its an area of contention in the field. lets just hope the first tests arent manned, and dont stop anywhere near us :)

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    • Dan Sarka September 23, 2013 at 10:47 am -

      He he he … I’m with you on the “arent manned, and dont stop anywhere near us” part, Aaron !! :-)
      BUT … I’m STILL leery of tampering with a stable warp bubble, especially if I’m the one INSIDE of it !! ;-) Too many variables to go wrong … :-/ :-)

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    • Greg R. Wright September 23, 2013 at 11:13 am -

      Arthur C. Clarke had a story to this effect. Can’t find it right now though…

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    • Robert Davis September 23, 2013 at 12:03 pm -

      We all have to remember that this is all of it scientific THEORY,that we don’t KNOW whether or not this will happen. I mean, a couple decades ago, we had to re-write parts of physics for the way a bee flies. It isn’t too far-fetched that we could, and most likely are, wrong about many things. In any case, if this were true, there would have to be a way to take on a gradual stop. You don’t just slam on your breaks in a car everytime now do you? Why would we in space? Especially without the aid of some sort of inertial dampeners.

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    • Raymond Gonzalez September 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm -

      Well if that is true you could just stop before the system, so you wouldn’t blow it up lol

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    • Gerhard Breytenbach September 23, 2013 at 12:20 pm -

      s massive ionised hydrogen collecting sail projected in front of the vehicle. that sail is used to capture the stray hydrogen floating off to feed the fusion reactors providing normal fusion drive translations through real space

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    • Shiro Tatsu September 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm -

      If the warp bubble leaves the ship undisturbed in it’s relativistic cocoon, then now particles will gather around it because space and time are moving around it. I don’t understand how these atoms are going to be gathering anyway in the vacuum. I think this is just some sad attempt at nay-saying. NASA will figure it out in the next couple of years.

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm -

      Gerhard yes! Somehow capturing this particles and transforming them into energy is a very sexy solution and I love it. But, VERY difficult without creating something that nullifies the warp drive. And Robert, in theory slowing down sounds fine, but if you attempt that the “bubble” then disappears and your risking collision with objects. Even dust particles can be disastrous at light speed.

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    • Shawn Pyke September 23, 2013 at 1:06 pm -

      idk anything about this stuff, but if you could calculate how much explosive matter you would pick up on your journey, could you bring with you appropriate amounts of antimatter to nullify the explosion? or maybe even a method to store those potential explosive molecules during ‘flight’ to use as a power source upon arrival?

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 1:08 pm -

      No, antimatter is extremely potent when mixed with matter. It’s regarded by many as THE most potent energy source within our reach. By throwing antimatter at matter you will create an explosion 1000x greater. I’m curious what the admins think…

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    • Antti Saari September 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm -

      That’s why we in Starfleet use navigational deflectors that clear particles off the path.

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm -

      Hey if warp is possible why not shields? :)

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    • Keith Povec September 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm -

      use a collector to compress the hydrogen and use it as a fuel for the engine.

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 1:57 pm -

      As mentioned before, the warp vehicle would have to be a specific shap, a ring. to deploy some form of net in front or behind the ring to collect hydrogen would negate the warp.

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    • David Kretschmer September 23, 2013 at 2:23 pm -

      Thats based off what we currently know though, I’m sure with time, we’ll develop the technology to fly around in our own enterprises.

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm -

      One would certainly hope david! maybe within our lifetimes?? :)

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  26. Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 8:29 am -

    I’m not sure if it’s discussed in the article but there’s a small problem with the alcubierre model, we would kinda destroy everything for hundreds of AU around us when we stop…. As your going through warp, hydrogen atoms collect on the ring of the ship, when you stop, they collide. BOOM!
    http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/140635-the-downside-of-warp-drives-annihilating-whole-star-systems-when-you-arrive

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    • Fitri Razak September 23, 2013 at 8:32 am -

      sounds like a good weapon to conquer the universe if there are other life hehe

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    • Fitri Razak September 23, 2013 at 8:36 am -

      i can imagine ,aliens sending signal for us to visit them. we send an expedition .. they blew their entire system including the aliens LOL…. then they make a turn come back to earth and destroys our system including earth.. hahahahahhaha

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 8:37 am -

      Well that’s a dismal outlook…. Lol

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    • Fitri Razak September 23, 2013 at 8:40 am -

      and besides i think we first need to upgrade our communication capabilities first right? == otherwise how would we know the warpdrives work.. i mean travelling in a distance of 40 light years, it will take 40 years for us to see with telescopes right?

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    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 8:49 am -

      Correct, nothing moves faster than light. Which means communications would have to be warped as well.

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  27. Eddie Renner September 23, 2013 at 8:30 am -

    FireFighter Fred

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  28. Eddie Renner September 23, 2013 at 8:30 am -

    FireFighter Fred

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  29. Katie Zinsli September 23, 2013 at 8:32 am -

    I just love all of the posts that say everything is always impossible…. When a hundred years ago most of the things we have now, would have been considered impossible. You don’t even know what you don’t know…..never say….never.

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  30. Katie Zinsli September 23, 2013 at 8:32 am -

    I just love all of the posts that say everything is always impossible…. When a hundred years ago most of the things we have now, would have been considered impossible. You don’t even know what you don’t know…..never say….never.

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  31. Paul Green September 23, 2013 at 8:34 am -

    The spice must flow…

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  32. Paul Green September 23, 2013 at 8:34 am -

    The spice must flow…

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    • William Russell Anderson September 23, 2013 at 9:35 am -

      The forms of Kanly have been obeyed! ;)

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    • Ronnie Maddocks September 23, 2013 at 10:12 am -

      “i shall not fear, fear is the mindkiller”

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    • Leslie Jaszczak September 23, 2013 at 10:34 am -

      Dune was my first thought, too!

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    • Jeanne Weiske September 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm -

      Keep an eye out for the hunter/seekers. Now that they’re a reality.

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    • Brandon Shea September 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm -

      All 4 of us got this right away! YES!

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    • Michael D Harrell September 23, 2013 at 12:43 pm -

      Yes, you all got it! But the Dune universe makes use of foldspace to jump from point to point in the universe, NOT warp technology, so the reference is completely unrelated to this post. Great job of not getting it, in reality, sorry.

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    • Michelle Panton September 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm -

      Haha Dune vs trek…

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    • Talunton Jegelskerdig September 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm -

      well played.

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    • Terius Granchester Baker September 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm -

      Good reference!!!

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    • Eric Plester September 23, 2013 at 1:44 pm -

      It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.

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    • Sun Rayz September 23, 2013 at 2:07 pm -

      The Bene Gesserit witch must leave.

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    • Sun Rayz September 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm -

      The spice expands consciousness, the spice extends life!!!

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    • Michael D Harrell September 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm -

      Seriously? Additional comments referencing Dune. I LOVE Dune, but it’s got jack to do with this technology. Smh.

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    • Paul Green September 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm -

      Seriously…lighten the fuck up.

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  33. Haymund Lau September 23, 2013 at 8:41 am -

    I know it’s Irrelevant, but Mass relay anyone?

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    • Juan Goñi September 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm -

      That game can completely get people into astronomy-physics. Loved it

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  34. Edward Sky September 23, 2013 at 8:42 am -

    Please hurray up. I really need to get off this rock.

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    • Dawdawdaw DawdawDadaw Dawdawdaw September 23, 2013 at 9:44 am -

      rock? you live on the most beautiful planet in this universe!

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    • Jason Sartin September 23, 2013 at 9:49 am -

      And the one with the most assholes.

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    • Dawid Mazur September 23, 2013 at 10:16 am -

      me too

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    • Richard Lester September 23, 2013 at 10:22 am -

      Lol, that’s not going to happen in this life time, promise you that.

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    • Dimitri Vasiliev September 23, 2013 at 10:38 am -

      Someone needs therapy right now…

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    • Lorenzo Mignardi September 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm -

      Here’s an idea. Let’s put all the crazy and sheople of limited intelligence on a ship and warp them into the next galaxy to test the drive.:p

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    • Alexander Wonder September 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm -

      Yes get me off this planet covered by stupid naked apes dressed as political and religious nutcases.

      Reply
    • Catherine Blake Stephens September 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm -

      TAKE ME WITH YOU

      Reply
    • Aaron Weiland September 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm -

      Dawdaw how do you know? Maybe pandora or Naboo like civilizations/planets exist

      Reply
    • Martin Alberter September 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm -

      I want to know what is out there!

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    • Mikha'el Imani September 23, 2013 at 5:48 pm -

      There’s nowhere to go.

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    • Hazel-Ivy Magno September 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm -

      Damn right. I want another planet and no one’s allowed to live there but me.

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  35. Edward Sky September 23, 2013 at 8:42 am -

    Please hurray up. I really need to get off this rock.

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  36. William E. Gray September 23, 2013 at 8:45 am -

    Finally answered my Wednesday question.

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  37. William E. Gray September 23, 2013 at 8:45 am -

    Finally answered my Wednesday question.

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  38. denDAY September 23, 2013 at 8:46 am -

    1) Such an immense change in the energy needed for the propulsion make it seem as if we’re dealing with loose guess work and not real calculations because that’s an insane factor of difference in energy.

    2) How do they even plan on implementing such energy?

    3) Humanity definitely isn’t ready for anything near this responsibility; religion is no longer the biggest opponent of technology – humanity itself is.

    Cool idea, but not at all useful or realistic in any sense; not yet and possibly never.

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    • gendotte September 23, 2013 at 2:05 pm -

      I strongly suspect that when the breakthrough comes it will use less power than a toaster.

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    • Matthew Schultz January 21, 2014 at 3:12 am -

      It’s most definitely not ‘loose guess work’ as you put it. This arose from the math the Alcubierre was working on, and like Einstein’s black holes, it works completely in the math. But you are right when you say not all that useful yet. It’ll be quite some time before we can significantly test this.

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  39. Roxanne Edwards September 23, 2013 at 8:49 am -

    The US government has NOT been prescient enough to realize it will run out of the only viable radioactive fuel by 2025 that currently makes space probes run, nor has the congressional priorities in place to fix this stupidity…
    I’m not that confident we will survive long enough to harness antimatter.

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    • Merri Christmas September 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm -

      With our current batch of boobs in the House, I am not sure we will survive to Christmas.

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  40. Roxanne Edwards September 23, 2013 at 8:49 am -

    The US government has NOT been prescient enough to realize it will run out of the only viable radioactive fuel by 2025 that currently makes space probes run, nor has the congressional priorities in place to fix this stupidity…
    I’m not that confident we will survive long enough to harness antimatter.

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  41. Rob Upton September 23, 2013 at 8:49 am -

    Ohhhh Myyyy!!!!!

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  42. Rob Upton September 23, 2013 at 8:49 am -

    Ohhhh Myyyy!!!!!

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  43. Anthony Evans September 23, 2013 at 8:50 am -

    A VITAL component that you left out of both your article and your blog is that this model (and all others I have seen to date) require something called “exotic matter.” The problem with that is exotic matter is only hypothetical. We have never found any, nor do we see any indications that show us we might in the future.

    This article is just trying to over-hype old news by leaving out the most vital details. This is NOT good science…

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    • Alissa Sharae September 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm -

      I hope that most people who read this article are aware that “warp drive” technological study is only theoretical and not operational. This article discusses hypothetical construct.

      As Watson would say, “No shit, Sherlock.”

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    • Daniel Graystone September 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm -

      “Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre’s theories are the most practical, mooting a ring around a sphere-shaped spaceship, which would contract space in front of the ship, and expand space behind it.
      This would allow faster-than-light travel – if astrophysicists could harness planet-sized energy or sip power from a supernova….”http://www.gateworld.net/news/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/sgu_212_destinydies.jpg

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  44. Anthony Evans September 23, 2013 at 8:50 am -

    A VITAL component that you left out of both your article and your blog is that this model (and all others I have seen to date) require something called “exotic matter.” The problem with that is exotic matter is only hypothetical. We have never found any, nor do we see any indications that show us we might in the future.

    This article is just trying to over-hype old news by leaving out the most vital details. This is NOT good science…

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  45. Jake Linton September 23, 2013 at 8:50 am -

    “But, we can’t time travel.” – Average Joe.

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  46. Jake Linton September 23, 2013 at 8:50 am -

    “But, we can’t time travel.” – Average Joe.

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  47. Jerrad Ojibway Sr. September 23, 2013 at 8:51 am -

    quit bending over aliens an stealing technology

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  48. Jerrad Ojibway Sr. September 23, 2013 at 8:51 am -

    quit bending over aliens an stealing technology

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  49. Glenn Schultes September 23, 2013 at 8:52 am -

    I still don’t see how they will get around the Exotic particle accumulation.

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  50. Glenn Schultes September 23, 2013 at 8:52 am -

    I still don’t see how they will get around the Exotic particle accumulation.

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  51. Dave Frazier September 23, 2013 at 8:53 am -

    This isn’t exactly new news tho?! I read about this being test for real in like 2015 or 2016? What I don’t understand that this really looks like it will work where’s the damned funding? I mean seriously I’d think mining companies and such would be behind this more than anyone?

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  52. Dave Frazier September 23, 2013 at 8:53 am -

    This isn’t exactly new news tho?! I read about this being test for real in like 2015 or 2016? What I don’t understand that this really looks like it will work where’s the damned funding? I mean seriously I’d think mining companies and such would be behind this more than anyone?

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  53. Peter Mandzuk September 23, 2013 at 8:53 am -

    Sci-fi writers got their info from scientists, not their own imaginations.

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  54. Peter Mandzuk September 23, 2013 at 8:53 am -

    Sci-fi writers got their info from scientists, not their own imaginations.

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  55. Rachel Rae Holmes September 23, 2013 at 8:54 am -

    Theo Holmes

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  56. Rachel Rae Holmes September 23, 2013 at 8:54 am -

    Theo Holmes

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  57. Dan Brown September 23, 2013 at 8:57 am -

    Hell yeah

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  58. Dan Brown September 23, 2013 at 8:57 am -

    Hell yeah

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  59. Brian Shinanigans Edward September 23, 2013 at 8:59 am -

    Event Horizon.. pretty much I say

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  60. Brian Shinanigans Edward September 23, 2013 at 8:59 am -

    Event Horizon.. pretty much I say

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  61. Jeanne Pitts September 23, 2013 at 9:11 am -

    Gort should be showing up any day now.

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  62. Mark Abukoff September 23, 2013 at 9:12 am -

    War and poverty are products of man, not a lack of technology.

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  63. Phil Kostecki September 23, 2013 at 9:16 am -

    The super wealthy need this technology in order to escape the planet. Once the environment becomes unlivable for humans they’ll leave us behind.

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  64. Nick Dowe September 23, 2013 at 9:20 am -

    Still no cure for cancer….

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    • Sergio Georgini September 23, 2013 at 10:16 am -

      Very close though sir…

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    • Daniel James Barker September 23, 2013 at 10:45 am -

      You say that as though nasa is the one working on it.

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    • Alexander Wonder September 23, 2013 at 1:54 pm -

      There’s cured for everything. Pharmaceuticals just want us to suffer more so they can live a rich and luxurious life. Hell with the rest of us who are suffering. Lol.

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  65. Rafał Łabędź September 23, 2013 at 9:20 am -

    We’re getting closer and closer to achieve this but 500 kg of antimatter it’s still astronomical cost. Last time when I’ve seen prices it was like 62.5 trillion $ for 1 gram. Well still better than Jupiter size hehe :D

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  66. Katt Möw September 23, 2013 at 9:27 am -

    My little Trekkie heart just wished that NASA has more funding.

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  67. Bigg Edd September 23, 2013 at 9:29 am -

    Maybe in 100 years We will be looking back at this, like the way we look back at Orville and Wilbur Wright….

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  68. Raymond Martinez September 23, 2013 at 9:34 am -

    He who controls the spice…

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    • Michael D Harrell September 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm -

      But the Dune universe makes use of foldspace to jump from point to point in the universe, NOT warp technology, so the reference is completely unrelated to this post. Great job of not getting it, in reality, sorry.

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    • Raymond Martinez September 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm -

      :) reading is fundamental…Well, the Alcubierre drive does not actually propel the ship to speeds exceeding light; instead, it uses the deformation of spacetime permitted by General Relativity to warp the universe around the vessel.

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    • Alexander Wonder September 23, 2013 at 2:02 pm -

      He controls space and time rules the Universe. But not when there are those who would bring him or her down from the thrown.

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    • Michael D Harrell September 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm -

      “reading is fundamental” – I can read. That’s how I could tell that FOLDSPACE is not WARP. :) It’s in fact an entirely different idea, having nothing to do with relativity. Warp = expanding/contracting space. Foldspace = tying two distant points together. So you’re till not getting it. Winner!

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    • Michael D Harrell September 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm -

      In case you didn’t bother to read, whilst chastising my reading, let’s see what this post said…
      “a new kind of technology that would allow us to travel 10 times faster than the speed of light, without actually breaking the speed of light.”

      Notice how that’s not instantaneous point to point travel, as described in Dune?

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  69. Eric Clark September 23, 2013 at 9:47 am -

    I hope I live long enough to see something like this become reality

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  70. Jaysin Zimmerman September 23, 2013 at 9:55 am -

    This did not bode well for the Event Horizon. Just saying…

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    • Joseph David Johnson September 24, 2013 at 2:37 am -

      Event Horizon used an artificial black hole to worm hole to an unknown location. Warp drive works off of another concept.

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  71. Jeanette Cooper September 23, 2013 at 9:59 am -

    A wrinkle in time…..

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  72. Brian Hart September 23, 2013 at 10:04 am -

    Ummmm…..Alcubierre proposed his theory in 1966…he was spurred on to do it by Star Trek: The Original Series coming out. Get ur facts right!!!!!

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    • From Quarks to Quasars September 23, 2013 at 10:49 am -

      Our facts seem perfectly in order. I can guarantee Alcubierre did not propose his theory in 1966, spurred on by Star Trek coming out because Alcubierre was born in 1964, which means he would have been proposing his theory right around his second birthday.

      Furthermore, the earliest paper I can find talking about the Alcubierre drive is this one http://arxiv.org/abs/grqc/0009013 which was originally published in, you guessed it, 1994. In addition, I have other sources (which are linked to in our article) that seem to be under the impression that Alcubierre published his first paper on the topic in, you guessed it, 1994.

      We take our responsibility to gather correct facts very seriously. Our facts are clearly in order and correct. If you happen to have the published paper from the two-year-old Alcubierre proposing his version on the warp drive, please send it to me and I’ll be happy to correct the post. Until then, it would serve you well to do your own fact checking before challenging our credibility.

      ~Joshua

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    • Carlos Acevedo September 23, 2013 at 10:51 am -

      Heck yeah! You go Quarks.

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  73. Rose September 23, 2013 at 10:10 am -

    BEYOND cool

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  74. Jason Smothers September 23, 2013 at 10:30 am -
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  75. Bård Lauknes September 23, 2013 at 10:55 am -

    Imagine if that kind of research got proper funding, instead of wasting truckloads of money on Olympic Games, etc.

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    • Raymond Gonzalez September 23, 2013 at 12:14 pm -

      Amen brother lol

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    • Brenden Winkfield September 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm -

      BUT TOKYO THOUGH!!

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    • Brenden Winkfield September 23, 2013 at 12:56 pm -

      but if you made an effort to fund this instead of war…..now that would be some money…

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    • Talunton Jegelskerdig September 23, 2013 at 2:28 pm -

      Damn right, Brenden, that’s where the money’s at.

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    • Oliver Taylor September 23, 2013 at 6:13 pm -

      Try the Iraq War… Olympic game funding is nothing compared to that travesty.

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    • Kenny C September 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm -

      The Olympics serve a very vital economic function for the host of the games. Not only the the Olympics stimulate the economy of the host but it instills a sense of national pride that is otherwise lacking in the interim.

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    • Andrew Hendry September 23, 2013 at 7:08 pm -

      Seriously, of all the things to complain about wasting money on you pick the Olympic Games? I for one, would like to see a little less money spent on WAR and KILLING each other

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    • Marq Hill September 23, 2013 at 7:41 pm -

      Andrew Hendry beat me to it. Screw the money we spend on the olympics. At least that’s fun. How about we stop blowing each other up for a split second so we can figure out how to get our asses out into the stars?

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    • Bård Lauknes September 23, 2013 at 8:16 pm -

      Note the “etc.” Olympic games was merely a suggestion, I didn’t limit it to that. It was just the first thing that popped to mind due to an article I read comparing it to the 2012 London Olympics.

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    • Mike Harden September 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm -

      That was a weird choice… Olympic funding over war funding, haha. Strange priorities.

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    • Theodore Edward Gauthier September 24, 2013 at 6:23 am -

      fuck em both…even mo money

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    • Bård Lauknes September 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm -

      Mike: As I wrote, note the “etc” which means “and other things”. It was merely ONE suggestion, the first thing that popped into mind due to an article I read comparing London Olympic Games 2012 and Curiosity launch.

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    • Pablo Ruiz Westrup September 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm -

      Wars, etc.

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    • Liam Mcalpine September 25, 2013 at 11:46 am -

      … or say, war?

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  76. Bob Vidler September 23, 2013 at 11:01 am -

    A laser beam has already been successfully teleported.

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  77. Tim Masters September 23, 2013 at 11:55 am -

    I seriously hope that they perfect this within my lifetime…

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  78. Kevin Zabbo September 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm -

    We will build one, and then the aliens will come take it away. “You guys really don’t think we’ll allow such warmongering in a peaceful galaxy, do you?”

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  79. Eric Menees September 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm -

    Did anyone else think of the Professor explaining how the Planet Express ship works?

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  80. Dave Crane September 23, 2013 at 1:36 pm -

    What if: like the stealth bomber the US is already producing test vessels? Sci fi intrigue abounds

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  81. Jerrod Marvin September 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm -

    Sounds like they need a deflector dish to prevent the particles from tagging along. Maybe they could stop in empty space to prevent damage from being done too. Though someone has no doubt thought of both these things. I’m sure thre must be something you could do to use the particles.

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  82. Skip Williams September 23, 2013 at 2:52 pm -

    Oh yeah well where’s my flying car that the promised me back in the 50s that I’d have by now?

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  83. Maxine Leigh Woods September 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm -

    They are folding space! For the spice must flow..

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  84. Abbe Brummer September 23, 2013 at 6:00 pm -

    I’m going to cry. Please continue. I don’t want to die on the same planet where I was born… and I’m not getting any younger.

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  85. Steve Eldridge September 23, 2013 at 8:14 pm -

    Awesome! Just don’t name the fist one “event horizon”…

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  86. Andreas Nilsson November 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm -

    Never thought id see the day, woo from NASA.

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    • Matthew Schultz January 21, 2014 at 3:08 am -

      You still haven’t. This has been kicking around for awhile, and while it is a nice curiosity, serious effort at NASA is going into stuff like Orion and the SLS. I believe the 100 Year Spaceship or whatever that group is called is looking into it as well. But again, not to intently. Our tech just isn’t up to the standards required to properly test this.

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  87. Geoff Collins January 3, 2014 at 4:18 am -

    “Most notably, this method of travel does not involve time dilation. Ordinarily, time slows down as you come closer to the speed of light. So a person traveling really fast might only age 5 months, while the rest of the universe ages 5 million years. But this doesn’t happen with the Alcubierre drive. Since time is also warped, it passes the same for both the traveler and those left behind on Earth.”

    I think this is kind of backwards. Whilst what you say is correct it strongly implies that the very act of traveling close to the speed of light for 5 months causes the universe to age by 5 million years. I think it should have been written the other way round:

    “So a person travelling really fast for a five million year journey might only experience 5 months of elapsed time.”

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    • Joshua Petersen January 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm -

      Motion is relative (even temporal motion). So yes, the universe ages by 5 million years from the perspective of the travelers.

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  88. Al January 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm -

    I wonder if changing the shape of the pocket universe would make a difference in the amount of particles collected/released. The difference between a swan dive and a cannon ball.

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  89. Jan Hilgert January 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm -

    Well, I had developed a Drive that would meet or exceed these ratings years ago and ‘did’ try to get NASA, JPL and a few others to take a look at it, but, lol, they ignored me and my mails to them. Oh well, i guess they thought it was a joke. Just wish I had the money to build a full size model and use it… or sell it to hmmmm… someone really interested.

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    • fdbuf January 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm -

      lol you’re not fooling anyone

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    • Joshua Petersen January 20, 2014 at 6:32 pm -

      Did you make a model to show it worked? Did you patent your idea? Those would be preliminary steps to trying to sell said idea.

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  90. kryonix January 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm -

    Yes, it’s merely a matter of time, and whether we won’t self destruct ourselves in the next world conflict.

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  91. Joshua Petersen January 20, 2014 at 6:15 pm -

    Do the drives have to be in an “on” vs “off” state? Couldn’t they do a slow build up and a slow release so it’s not all one big blast?

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    • Chet Manly January 20, 2014 at 7:15 pm -

      Slowing down from ten times the speed of light would take a significant amount of time, It would likely end up turning five months back into years. I would think the quickest way to solve that is to give the ship a projectable electromagnetic field to deflect on coming particles

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  92. Joshua Petersen January 20, 2014 at 6:27 pm -

    14 kg of antimatter is a LOT, considering how rare antimatter is…

    However, the energy ratio between fusion and antimatter energy is 1-to-10.That means a fusion power source would just need 5000kg of helium-3 (available even in “empty” space) to power it. (To imperial units people, that’s only 5.5 tons… not that much fuel when you think about an interstellar spaceship.)

    Further, as for the energy blast.. simple solution… since inertia isn’t a problem just turn it on and off multiple times during the trip. Stop every couple lightmonths for a “potty break.” Release gamma rays (if they release inwards as well, maybe can be used to charge some panels), refuel on He3 to a degree, then restart. (And if the warp bubble has variable strength, use lower strengths and more frequent stops closer to systems).

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  93. Chet Manly January 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm -

    Look no farther than Star Trek itself for many of these answers. The projection of an earth like magnetic field counters many of those adverse effects. It would function in the same way that Earth’s own field does, deflection all the harmful radiation and gamma ray bursts that the spacecraft would encounter, and Earth’s own magnetic field is actually very small in intensity. food for thought

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    • Jeremy Johnson January 20, 2014 at 8:45 pm -

      Indeed.

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    • Matthew Schultz January 21, 2014 at 3:50 am -

      But I don’t think Earth’s field would be enough. Gamma Ray Bursts are still a (very small) threat to humans today. And most of the planets in our solar system already have magnetospheres. Presumably, planets would already have this same line of defense, and these scientists still think they would be destroyed.

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  94. Danny Boy Cool January 20, 2014 at 9:57 pm -

    Seems like what needs to be designed at the same time is a particle shield, some kind of high energy field that could be projected around the warp bubble, to repulse the potentially dangerous particles that would otherwise get trapped in the bubble as it travels.

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  95. Richard Bowen January 21, 2014 at 1:07 am -

    Mankind has the most vivid of imaginations. Since Jules Verne we have Dreamed to go to the stars. The stories spur our innovation and invention. Science has long depended on Science Fiction for inspiration.Now we race to keep pace with technologies advancements.
    Our knowledge base is increasing exponentially. I have total confidence in in our ability to achieve whatever we set our minds to. Warp drive and inter-dimensional travel is just a matter of time. I have developed my first draft on a layman’s theory on Dark Matter. What are you doing to further our progress to the stars? My money is on Elon Musk.

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  96. Not Enough Time January 21, 2014 at 5:35 am -

    Too bad humanity will never be responsible enough to harness this type of power, the day we stop believing in magical beings who created the earth in 7 days is the day humanity becomes potty trained. The human race is nothing but a small blip in earths life, a virus if you will. We sit here and rape pillage and pollute with no real thought to the consequences, our world is so caught up in financial gain and dependent on things like electricity and groceries stores. I’m guessing we have passed the point of no return, good game Big Business. What we are doing today is NOT sustainable.

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    • Matthew Schultz January 22, 2014 at 12:59 am -

      Wow, never heard any of that before. So what would you’re solution be? Or should we all just sit back and bitch at the low-hanging fruit until we die out?

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  97. João Goulart January 21, 2014 at 9:54 am -

    Meanwhile, in this very planet, we can´t feed the 7 billion humans, but we are capable of definitvely oblitherate all of them.

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    • Tony Stark February 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm -

      Well if Greenpeace would quit blowing-up Golden Rice greenhouses maybe that would become less of a problem.

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      • João Goulart February 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm -

        Right, but feed people is not as glamourous, and produce less headlines on media.

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  98. Mason Musgrove March 4, 2014 at 11:07 pm -

    i thought it required negative matter, not antimatter? that is what is says on most sites.

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