Warping drives

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Using the enterprise and a two-dimensional rendering of space time to show how a warp drive might work. Pesky energy conservation! Source: https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/186idt797vywhpng.png

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.

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A Star Trek: The Next Generation touch screen. Source: https://i.ytimg.com/vi/J57fi-Lic4U/hqdefault.jpg

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.


12108755_1507250599599792_3692866167745201820_nAlexander 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 +

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2 thoughts on “Warping drives

  1. If I’m not mistaken, the whole warp drive business was put forward by a NASA engineer who was publishing on his own, but never actually had official NASA backup (since his warp drive violated momentum conservation). I hate the way reality has of bringing me down when I get excited about something…

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    • Yes, I heard the same story. And hear what you are saying about reality, too. At the same time, though, I am quite happy to admit, that these little downturns have their good side, too. It makes you appreciate what does happen all the more.

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