You can call it Straight Flush. It will be a hit.
It’s Friday! Time to get crrraaaaazy!
Hey Jimmy, if you invite me onto your show I’ll do this. Pinky swear.
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.
“There is hope,” Harold “Sonny” White of NASA’s Johnson Space Center said here Friday (Sept. 14) at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, a meeting to discuss the challenges of interstellar spaceflight.
An Alcubierre warp drive would involve a football-shape spacecraft attached to a large ring encircling it. This ring, potentially made of exotic matter, would cause space-time to warp around the starship, creating a region of contracted space in front of it and expanded space behind.
Meanwhile, the starship itself would stay inside a bubble of flat space-time that wasn’t being warped at all.
“Everything within space is restricted by the speed of light,” explained Richard Obousy, president of Icarus Interstellar, a non-profit group of scientists and engineers devoted to pursuing interstellar spaceflight. “But the really cool thing is space-time, the fabric of space, is not limited by the speed of light.”
With this concept, the spacecraft would be able to achieve an effective speed of about 10 times the speed of light, all without breaking the cosmic speed limit.
The only problem is, previous studies estimated the warp drive would require a minimum amount of energy about equal to the mass-energy of the planet Jupiter.
But recently White calculated what would happen if the shape of the ring encircling the spacecraft was adjusted into more of a rounded donut, as opposed to a flat ring. He found in that case, the warp drive could be powered by a mass about the size of a spacecraft like the Voyager 1 probe NASA launched in 1977.
Furthermore, if the intensity of the space warps can be oscillated over time, the energy required is reduced even more, White found.
“The findings I presented today change it from impractical to plausible and worth further investigation,” White told SPACE.com. “The additional energy reduction realized by oscillating the bubble intensity is an interesting conjecture that we will enjoy looking at in the lab.”
My brain exploded.
Meanwhile In Iran of the Day: It’s a grenade. On the soccer pitch. This video is crazy.
What the goddamn shit.
Close Call of the Day: Another near disaster on a Russian road, which begs two questions:
- Does every car in Russia have a dashboard camera?
- Do Russian drivers have the world’s quickest reflexes?
It’s a puzzling phenomenon, to say the least.
I read somewhere that dashcams became popular because dashcam videos on YouTube became popular. It’s an ouroboros.
For you, the audience.
This is so sad because he’s great in Lawless.
First watch this insanity then see how it’s done. Clicky.
Badass Marketing Campaign of the Day: Thanks to lawyers and crazy people, every car ad these days notes a disclaimer along the lines of “closed course, professional driver, do not attempt.” While such messages are more or less impotent, every once in awhile — as is the case with this Volvo spot — the ad execs really mean it when they say “do not try this at home.”
Japan, you’re insane.