Incredible Recent Breakthroughs in Science

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Matt Barton
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Man, I'm so excited by these two news items from the realm of science:

Particles Faster than Light. This may turn out to be nothing, but I've always been suspicious of the claim that faster than light travel is impossible. Perhaps this is a giant leap closer to the warp drives of Star Trek and who knows what else...I'd love to know what you think about it.

Movies in our minds. This one literally captures the imagination. The implications of this are just incredible, and the images of the reconstructions are beautiful and somewhat eerie. This one is really exciting for me, because I have no drawing ability. However, I can easily picture things in my mind, and this tech seems like a way for me (eventually) to be able to share those visions with other people. Finally, even people like me could be artists.

Maybe within our lifetimes we'll be traveling to other solar systems AND recording our dreams...

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Bill Loguidice
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Matt Barton wrote:

I don't claim to understand the physics behind it all either, but my gut tells me that it IS possible for humans to travel faster than light. We just don't have the understanding and tech necessary to do it yet.

I dread that the working scientists share the conviction that FTL drives are impossible and not worth pursuing. If that's the reality, it'll become a self-fulfilling prophecy. From what I gather from these reports, a lot of scientists are dismissing this out of hand and not even opening their minds to the possibility.

I don't necessarily agree with that analysis. Right now, the physics say it's impossible to travel faster than light, so it really isn't worth pursuing. Again, the physics say that the folding of space/wormholes ARE possible, just with unreasonable power requirements, so that is worth pursuing. It's all in how the problem is tackled and I'd rather scientists focus on the possible rather than the impossible. Again, speed is not really our issue here - even with faster than light speeds - travel to all but the closest stars is impossibly long. We need ways to manipulate space to make the distances shorter.

Also, it wouldn't be the scientific method if extreme caution wasn't practiced when something like this - with the potential to change what we know of the laws of physics - is presented. There's a reason why findings need to verified and confirmed by a wide scientific body.

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I don't claim to understand

I don't claim to understand the physics behind it all either, but my gut tells me that it IS possible for humans to travel faster than light. We just don't have the understanding and tech necessary to do it yet.

I dread that the working scientists share the conviction that FTL drives are impossible and not worth pursuing. If that's the reality, it'll become a self-fulfilling prophecy. From what I gather from these reports, a lot of scientists are dismissing this out of hand and not even opening their minds to the possibility.

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Bill Loguidice
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I had mentioned the FTL thing

I had mentioned the FTL thing on Twitter and commented - with my admittedly limited scientific knowledge - that I wonder if the size and/or composition of these particles is the only reason why they're apparently able to travel that fast, because normal matter would gain infinite mass if it even tried to equal the speed of light, let alone surpass it. Obviously, none of this is confirmed anyway, and if it does eventually get independent confirmation, it will change the whole foundation of physics.

As for faster than light travel, it's probably not possible from an energy standpoint no matter how advanced our technology becomes to move anything of sufficient size. With that said, I think space folding/wormhole creation has some potential, which is really what you'd need to traverse vast distances anyway, because let's face, even 10 times the speed of light is still damned slow given the vastness of the universe.

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