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defcon1776 09-18-2012 01:40 PM

Real Science: Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought
 
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Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought, Scientists Say

HOUSTON ? A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel ? a concept popularized in television's Star Trek ? may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say.

A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving faster than light. A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre; however, subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy.

Now physicists say that adjustments can be made to the proposed warp drive that would enable it to run on significantly less energy, potentially bringing the idea back from the realm of science fiction into science.


http://www.space.com/17628-warp-driv...aceflight.html

raj011 09-18-2012 02:36 PM

one word for this......YAY! :D Another win for science :D

seanftd 09-18-2012 02:57 PM

You mean another WIN for star trek lol

raj011 09-18-2012 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by defcon1776 (Post 5750631)
(Excerpt)

Warp Drive May Be More Feasible Than Thought, Scientists Say

HOUSTON ? A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel ? a concept popularized in television's Star Trek ? may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say.

A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving faster than light. A concept for a real-life warp drive was suggested in 1994 by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre; however, subsequent calculations found that such a device would require prohibitive amounts of energy.

Now physicists say that adjustments can be made to the proposed warp drive that would enable it to run on significantly less energy, potentially bringing the idea back from the realm of science fiction into science.


http://www.space.com/17628-warp-driv...aceflight.html

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Originally Posted by seanftd (Post 5751641)
You mean another WIN for star trek lol


And that too. :D

startrek1wars 09-18-2012 03:16 PM

Star Trek ideas FTW!

dan512 09-18-2012 03:59 PM

lets see, what have we got from star trek.
Communicators = bluetooth/cellphones
Pads= ipads and tablets
The desktop laptops= well we got laptops
Tricorders= in the medical industry they are now getting tricorder like devices that scan like them, just complete awsome.
plus many more things.

What do we have from star wars.

Plastic toy light sabers?
lasers?
We do have the evil republic action going on though!

hpcapulet 09-18-2012 04:22 PM

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Originally Posted by dan512 (Post 5752191)
lets see, what have we got from star trek.
Communicators = bluetooth/cellphones
Pads= ipads and tablets
The desktop laptops= well we got laptops
Tricorders= in the medical industry they are now getting tricorder like devices that scan like them, just complete awsome.
plus many more things.

What do we have from star wars.

Plastic toy light sabers?
lasers?
We do have the evil republic action going on though!

Communicators = Bluetooth/flip phones
Pads= Tablets, autocad pens
LCARS= GUI interface, touch screen interface

Plastic toy light sabers?
lasers?
We do have the evil republic action going on though!
Don't forget twin ion engines (Tie fighters)

dan512 09-18-2012 04:57 PM

Yah there is way more to go into, but i got 2 lil ones trying to crawl around on me lol, its amazing the things gene imagined that have actually been invented. The guy was amazing.

rustychat 09-18-2012 11:57 PM

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Originally Posted by hpcapulet (Post 5752381)
Don't forget twin ion engines (Tie fighters)

Ion engines are nothing new, from as early as 1906 when the idea was first being kicked around Robert H. Goddard, and conducted experiments with them in 1916-1917. NASA had built one of their own by 1959, and suborbital tests of them were conducted on SERT1 in 1964 and SERT2 in 1970. Hall ion thrusters have also been in use aboard Soviet/Russian satellites since 1972. All are well before the release of Star Wars in 1977. Granted, both current and pre-1977 ion engines aren't going to make anything move remotely as a fighter would be expected to, but then expecting a massive improvement of the technology isn't far fetched.

hydaspes 09-19-2012 12:32 AM

Does nobody realize that Gene Roddenberry was our first contact?

"They" do this to any intelligent species that seems to be ready for expansion into space:

They send a guy to produce a sci-fi series that shows the technology that needs to be developed and the cultural change that is neccesary. And then they sit back and watch what we do with this information.

In developing the technology we are making good steps, in developing our culture, not so much. Yet.


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