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Star Trek-like 'warp drive' theorized

WACO, Texas (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've developed a theory that would allow a spacecraft to travel faster than the speed of light without breaking the laws of physics.

Baylor University Associate Professor Gerald Cleaver and graduate student Richard Obousy theorize that by manipulating the extra spatial dimensions of string theory around a spaceship with an extremely large amount of energy, it would create a "bubble" that could cause the ship to travel faster than the speed of light.

"Think of it like a surfer riding a wave," said Cleaver. "The ship would be pushed by the spatial bubble and the bubble would be traveling faster than the speed of light."

The researchers said their theory is based on the Alcubierre drive, which proposes expanding the fabric of space behind a ship and shrinking space-time in front of the ship. The ship wouldn't actually move, rather the ship would sit in a bubble between the expanding and shrinking space-time dimensions.

And since space would move around the ship, the theory does not violate Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity, they said.


Copyright 2008 by United Press International

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brockulfsen
Aug. 14th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Then they'll discover
Large amounts of West Texas Crude misplaced under the orange jungles of Epsilon Eridani 6


fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
Re: Then they'll discover
o_O?
brockulfsen
Aug. 14th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: Then they'll discover
Like they did under Iraq.

fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
Re: Then they'll discover
ROTFL!
drjon
Aug. 14th, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
Old news. Don't know why it's being rehashed now -- there's really nothing new there.

And do you know about the Heim drive? http://space.newscientist.com/article/mg18925331.200
fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2008 02:53 am (UTC)
It's the first I'd heard of it, so it was new to me.
drjon
Aug. 14th, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
New to a few people, but the Alcubierre drive theory (or rather, mathematical trick with no way of pulling it off) has been kicking around for years and years. You're not the only person who's just finding out now, though -- it's been bobbing up on my feeds for the last few days.

Heim Theory is more promising, and more possible.
fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
If they can wrap their brains around it, that is. :-)
chameleon_path
Aug. 14th, 2008 04:28 am (UTC)
It'd be interesting, for sure - but I'm not sure we have any business going off and screwing up other planets until we can learn to take care of our own.

When they say "extremely large" amount of energy in this article, what they're talking is on the scale of a supernova. Good luck controlling that!

The Heim theory that drjon posted is not only more possible and more promising, but so far as I can understand the basic outline of it, it makes more sense from a metaphysical standpoint.
fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
It'd be interesting, for sure - but I'm not sure we have any business going off and screwing up other planets until we can learn to take care of our own.

Well said, well said!

The Heim theory that drjon posted is not only more possible and more promising, but so far as I can understand the basic outline of it, it makes more sense from a metaphysical standpoint.

Yeah, I got that impression too. After all, if pulse magnets can get up to 80 of whatever measurement it was, and the Heim method only needs 25, well... yeah.
chameleon_path
Aug. 14th, 2008 11:57 am (UTC)
I wonder if Einstein will eventually go down in history as the scientific genius who got it both half-right and all wrong?
fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2008 12:33 pm (UTC)
LOL!
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fayanora
Aug. 14th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
Some modes of space transportation I have used in stories, or plan to use (in no particular order):

1. "Sling-shot drive." Warp spacetime in a way similar to pulling on a sheet of rubber, let go, and fling the ship hundreds of light-years forward.

2. Hyperspace. My personal favorite. My version of hyperspace has many different levels, the best one for travel being "white hyperspace." It is a very calm and placid realm. Not at all like the chaos of orange hyperspace, the ohmyfuckinggodwe'regoingtoofast pace of blue hyperspace, or the "we could end up anywhere in the universe - even inside solid matter - and we can barely control it"-ness of black hyperspace.

3. Wormholes. Especially ships that are able to create wormholes pretty much anywhere, anywhen.

4. Near-light speed + cryostasis.

5. A device that will open a door of any dimensions to wherever the hell you want to go, just as easy a trip as going through your door from outside and into your house.

6. A device resembling a giant doorway arch that pushes you into a higher plane of existence; another one at your destination pulls you back.

7. Pushing one's self through "the bridges between worlds."

8. Magic.
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fayanora
Aug. 16th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
I almost forgot one:

9. Make your vehicle the center of existence and move the universe around it.

You write, too? Cool!
wizwom
Aug. 14th, 2008 03:25 pm (UTC)
Er, don't all these sort of boil down to #8?
fayanora
Aug. 16th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
Sure, if you're using the viewpoint of "Technology that is sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic." :-)
nakednine
Aug. 16th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
A friend of mine actually did an experiment resulting similar conclusions in 2004 at Georgia Tech.
fayanora
Aug. 16th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
O_O Please, do tell us more please?
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