From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:51:21 -0500 Archived: Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:51:21 -0500 Subject: Killer Downside Of Warp Drives Source: PhysOrg.com http://tinyurl.com/7orec68 March 1, 2012 Warp Drives May Come With A Killer Downside by Jason Major, Universe Today Planning a little space travel to see some friends on Kepler 22b? Thinking of trying out your newly-installed FTL3000 Alcubierre Warp Drive to get you there in no time? Better not make it a surprise visit - your arrival may end up disintegrating anyone there when you show up. "Warp" technology and faster-than-light (FTL) space travel has been a staple of science fiction for decades. The distances in space are just so vast and planetary systems - even within a single galaxy - are spaced so far apart, such a concept is needed to make casual human exploration feasible (and fit within the comforts of people's imagination as well... nobody wants to think about Kirk and Spock bravely going to some alien planet while everyone they've ever known dies of old age!) While many factors involving FTL travel are purely theoretical - and may remain in the realm of imagination for a very long time, if not ever - there are some concepts that play well with currently-accepted physics. The Alcubierre warp drive is one of those concepts. Proposed by Mexican theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre in 1994, the drive would propel a ship at superluminal speeds by creating a bubble of negative energy around it, expanding space (and time) behind the ship while compressing space in front of it. In much the same way that a surfer rides a wave, the bubble of space containing the ship and its passengers would be pushed at velocities not limited to the speed of light toward a destination. Of course, when the ship reaches its destination it has to stop. And that's when all hell breaks loose. [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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