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Fraser
2008-Aug-11, 07:40 PM
Standard in almost every Star Trek episode are warp drives and cloaking devices. But in reality these science fiction gadgets defy the laws of physics. Or do they? Different scientists have been working on developing these two devices and they say they are getting closer to actually creating working prototypes. While [...]

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sohh_fly
2008-Aug-12, 12:45 AM
ok maybe ,just maybe the cloaking might be a possibility but the warp drive seems highly unlikely...this goes against everything we under stand of physics ....

I just dont think the universe was meant to be accessible to all corners of it.
in 1 lifetime or even 1 generation


oh how about the feel of the ride (traction,smoothness,steering,braking ,etc)

they say never say never but sorry this 1 is in the never catergory...(warp drive)

GOURDHEAD
2008-Aug-12, 02:35 AM
The curving of the light around objects is likely to be variable with frequency bandwidths. Complete cloaking across the entire EM spectrum will be very challenging. Henh! Henh! Henh! The shadow knows.

clint
2008-Aug-17, 07:30 AM
From the article:

They propose manipulating the 11th dimension, a special theoretical part of an offshoot of string theory called the "m-theory" to create a bubble of dark energy by shrinking the 11th dimension in front of the ship and expanding it behind.

Actually, this doesn't sound much better than the usual sci-fi explanations of FTL drives...

laurele
2008-Aug-17, 09:28 PM
In the Star Trek universe, warp drive was first developed in 2061 by some guy considered a hero until a trip back in time revealed him to be motivated solely by the desire to make millions. 2061 is slightly more than 50 years from now, so maybe the show will actually be accurate on the first development of faster than light travel.

clint
2008-Aug-18, 07:24 AM
... until a trip back in time revealed him to be motivated solely by the desire to make millions...

On the other hand, if we dismiss all achievements partly motivated by money, fame or power, there won't be many left... ;)

trinitree88
2008-Aug-19, 06:15 PM
In the Star Trek universe, warp drive was first developed in 2061 by some guy considered a hero until a trip back in time revealed him to be motivated solely by the desire to make millions. 2061 is slightly more than 50 years from now, so maybe the show will actually be accurate on the first development of faster than light travel.

laurele. That would be Zephraim Cochrane in the movie, I think...rock & roll renegade physicist from Montana. The real Zep Corcoran, young astronomy buff, also from Montana,near Bozeman, and I had a discussion of WARP drive on AOL's Astronomy Club forum more than 10 years ago...before they "inadvertently" had a memory meltdown, and lost all their posts...~ 40,000 I think. He'd be ~ 29 now. :whistle::shifty::eek: pete

Abbadon_2008
2008-Aug-24, 04:03 PM
Well, this is life imitating art. Or is it science imitating art?

The first space shuttle was named Enterprise. So maybe the warp-capable ship would be named Zephraim Cochrane.