Sorry, Han Solo and Mr. Sulu. Based on everything we know right now, you’ll never be able to punch a button and travel through “hyperspace,” or go to warp speed. Traveling faster than light is almost certainly impossible. According to scientists, the only way you could personally visit other stars is by taking a long,…
Anyone who grew up watching any version of Star Trek has dreamed of commanding a Federation vessel. And Faster Than Light is an amazing PC game that lets you do just that — plus a free expansion will let you add more weapons, drones, and alien ships.
The title of the paper: "Can apparent superluminal neutrino speeds be explained as a quantum weak measurement?" The abstract? See for yourself:
Classic science fiction is full of stuff that makes no sense, from a scientific standpoint. And it's also full of cliches, which were bright and shiny once upon a time but now just feel pointless. But is some of that stuff actually necessary to the genre?
On the morning of September 22, 2011, OPERA spokesperson Antonio Ereditato announced to the world that members of the OPERA experiment had observed neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. The next day, experimental coordinator Dario Autiero presented the team's findings at an internationally broadcasted…
Every year, in memory of Isaac Asimov, the American Museum of Natural History invites leading scientists from around the world to debate the finer points of questions and problems that are emerging at the frontiers of scientific discovery.
Yesterday, rumors were circulating that last year's faster-than-light neutrino results had been undone by a simple mechanical mishap: one of the fiber optic cables connecting a GPS unit to a computer may have been loose.
Yesterday, CERN physicists shocked the world with news of a scientific finding that could revolutionize the field of physics. The researchers claim to have observed what many had believed to be impossible: subatomic particles called neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light.
The prospect a faster-than-light spacecraft is incredibly tempting. But is it practical? Do the laws of physics really allow us to travel to other systems in a human lifetime? In this week's "Ask a Physicist," we'll find out.
In humanity's galactic age, a second Spanish Empire holds power over the Drive – an engine that makes interstellar travel possible. But while the Royal Familia keeps the Drive's workings secret, the fearsome Continuum threatens to reclaim its stolen technology.
In Star Wars and Star Trek, the main way to get around the galaxy is to use warp speed or flip on your hyperdrive, which is a bit like hitting the gas pedal as hard as you can so you'll get there a bit quicker. There's more science to it than that, involving subspace fields and hyperspace and all that jazz, but the…
What if warp drive, hyperspace and wormholes turn out to be fantasies? We'll still need to kill aliens from other solar systems. What will we do? Take the poll after the jump!
Most science fiction movies make jumping to other star systems look as easy as stepping out for a bagel. But scientists think it'll never be that easy. So science fiction author Geoff Ryman (Air) invented a new school of writing called Mundane Science Fiction, which avoids faster-than-light travel, time travel or…