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Monday, May 08, 2006

How to warp space

Ever wondered how the whole warp drive thing worked on Star Trek?

It's actually quite simple. It's not about travelling faster than light (which remains impossible); it's about manipulating space, which can expand faster than light. All you need is some negative energy, a bit of dark energy, and a bunch of other interstellar ingredients.

Popular Science helps us understand:

Instead of trying to move through space, the warp drive moves space itself. The ship sits inside a bubble of spacetime bound by a negative energy field that races across the cosmos.

You can read all the specifics at Popular Science's warp drive page. Don't get your hopes up though - the timeframe is rather conservative ("some point between the distant future and never").

(Via Speculist.)

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