The Alcubierre warp drive plays well with accepted physics..

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PostMon Mar 05, 2012 12:12 am » by Illuminated


But it May Come With A Killer Downside -your arrival may end up disintegrating anyone there when you show up.

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.

Full sizeProposed 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.


full article: http://io9.com/5889628/warp-drives-may- ... r-downside


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full article: http://www.npr.org/2012/02/27/147351252 ... ll-matters
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