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.


Now read this:  It’s a wrap!


12108755_1507250599599792_3692866167745201820_nAlexander is a physicist, teacher and storyteller. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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2 Comments

  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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    1. 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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