In science you should never say no. To anything. Period. Until it is proven wrong. Then you shout No! to the world.
Technology development, now, may be a rather different story. Just take this. What would provoke NASA to give such an un-equivolent message about a particular mainstay of Sci-Fi-literature, the warp drive. One should never say no after all, right?
Well, kind of. Click through to this list of things about to change the world. I particularly love the little nod to high school physics in #11. Now, whether you want it or not, the very fact that most of you may read this on a portable device of some sort, using a touchscreen which Hollywood considered futuristic in Star Trek Enterprise: The Next Generation has to make you think a little.
Truth be told, tricorders, i.e. smartphones were once considered Sci-Fi, too, and have been developed in a rather eerily similar form since. There is one thing to keep in mind, however: The similarities end where the laws of nature set a stopper.
The warp drive violates the laws of nature.
Click here to get a more detailed run-down of things on warp drives, while I point out the reason for this post:
Space is hard. Really hard. Now, we can do it, of course. You can and I can for as long as we keep chugging along, never losing our interest or our will to challenge our own thoughts and views.
If you believe for one second I will stop following posts about the warp drive, you are mistaken.
Alexander is a physicist, teacher and science communicator who is currently working at the Norwegian Centre for Space-related Education at Andøya Space Center in Norway. Even though, in his case, work and play do overlap, the content on this webpage is entirely private. You can follow Alexander on Twitter, Facebook and Google +