Sunday Science: Warp Speed, Captain

Warp speed! The ability to travel faster than light has long been a staple of science fiction. But recent developments have some NASA scientists thinking that move great distances in a short amount of time could be a reality.

Physicist Miguel Alcubierre created a paper which suggested that space-time could be warped behind and in front of a vehicle, creating a bubble that a ship could ride upon, like a surfer rides a wave. This idea captured a lot of attention, and in fact, NASA is working on this concept now.

A mere 100 years ago, we couldn’t fly from the US to Europe. So, it’s not unrealistic to imagine that the science behind this can be proved within one to two generations.

IO9 has the full article, so go read and learn.

Exciting times!

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