Star Trek - Warp drive being developed

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Kermit2

Joined Feb 5, 2010
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Dr Harold White, a physicist at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.

These so called “warp bubbles” could eventually allow spacecraft to at speeds that appear to exceed the speed of light...

Dr White claims warp bubbles are theoretically possible and has now begun work to create warp bubbles for the first time in the laboratory.

From the full story found here
 

nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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There is this little problem called needing 'negative vacuum energy' in QM and exotic matter in CM.

http://iopscience.iop.org/0264-9381/11/5/001/pdf/0264-9381_11_5_001.pdf

The metric I have just described has one important drawback, however: it violates all
three energy conditions (weak, dominant and strong [3]). Both the weak and the dominant
energy conditions require the energy density to be positive for UN observers. If one calculates
the Einstein tensor from the metric ( 8 ) .
and uses the fact that the 4-velocity of the Eulerian
observers is given by
... (some math)
then one can show that these observers will see an energy density given by
...(more math)
The fact that this expression is everywhere negative implies that the weak and dominant
energy conditions are violated. In a similar way one can show that the strong energy
condition is also violated.
 

bountyhunter

Joined Sep 7, 2009
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Dr Harold White, a physicist at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.

These so called “warp bubbles” could eventually allow spacecraft to at speeds that appear to exceed the speed of light...

Dr White claims warp bubbles are theoretically possible and has now begun work to create warp bubbles for the first time in the laboratory.

From the full story found here
One of the things I learned a long time ago is that bizarre phenomenon that math/physics says may be theoretically possible are generally impossible in the real universe. Every time somebody says they are going to make mass go faster than the speed of light, I just go back to sleep.
 

BillO

Joined Nov 24, 2008
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There are just a few major issues to deal with before warp drive is practical and safe.

Here is one of them.
Not at all. When my wife begins to formulate thoughts that the front yard flora exceed some imaginary altitude, I have already started the lawn mower and began to raze the offending organic life force.

The need for peace in my existence has outpaced the propagation of EM phenomena. It is a very warped drive!
 
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