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,…
Physicists have created a wormhole device that can tunnel a magnetic field through space. It sounds like Star Trek, but we won’t be zapping humans across the universe anytime soon. Still, the breakthrough could revolutionize certain magnet-based technologies, including MRIs.
Here in San Francisco, a member of the Board of Supervisors is taking a lot of political flak because she referenced wormholes in a recent speech.
H.G. Wells coined the term "time machine" all the way back in 1895, just a decade before Einstein published his groundbreaking paper on special relativity that would begin show how time travel is possible. The fascination with using technology to look into the past or the future hasn't faded in the last century. And…
Wired just published a meaty feature on Kip Thorne and the science behind Interstellar. Thorne, one of the world's most celebrated theoretical physicists, worked with director Christopher Nolan to ensure that depictions of things like black holes and wormholes would be accurate in the film. And also spectacular.
If Zilong Li and Cosimo Bambi of the Fudan University in Shanghai are correct, what we thought was a massive blackhole in the center of our galaxy could be a wormhole that would allow instantaneous travel between two points in space and time. In fact, it may be the gateway to a different universe.
Physicists say that slowly collapsing wormholes could be used to send messages through time. Calculations show that the tube-like shape of wormholes could remain open long enough to be safely traversed by pulses of light, and thus allow for faster-than-light communication.
New research on wormholes suggests that these theoretical shortcuts that connect distant points in the universe might be linked with the spooky phenomenon of quantum entanglement. As Charles Q. Choi writes in LiveScience, this would allow particles to be connected regardless of how far apart they are — a finding that…
Christopher Nolan is filming his hard science-fiction movie Interstellar, and we couldn't be more excited. Originally written by Jonathan Nolan for director Steven Spielberg, Interstellar is based on the theories of CalTech physicist Kip Thorne. But now we may know why humans need to go to another planet.
The grandfather paradox is well-known and has a good dramatic hook, but it's a rather ineffective controlled experiment. The Polchinski Paradox gives us a time travel paradox based purely on laws of motion, without any of that tiresome free will. Plus, it involves billiards.
Talented photographer and Gizmodo reader Appuru Pai took these truly beautiful photographs of the New Transit Yurikamome. Her images look sometimes impressionistic and painterly, sometimes like computer rendered scenes from a sci-fi movie, but always truly beautiful.
Let's face it: Faster than light travel may never be possible, and even near-light speeds may be a pipe dream. But what if we could open a wormhole, to let us jump to another solar system? Or travel in time?
In this week's "Ask a Physicist" we're going to give some design specs to the practical time traveler.
There's something going down at this New York art gallery—something involving five thousand custom panels held together by an Office Depot's worth of binder clips. I'll say this much: the inside's a lot more colorful than the outside:
Party Down may be dead, but protagonist Roman DeBeer's psychotic scifi rants will live on forever. Tragically the show was just canceled, so we decided to compile the greatest hits from our favorite TV nerd.
Is anyone else sick of having to stay in the same damn universe when the next one over could be filled with robot dinosaurs and new kinds of cheese? Here's how to find a wormhole and ditch this place.
Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza are light graffiti artists, creating otherworldly photographs using various light sources. The eye-popping scenes they compose evoke wormholes, time-travel devices, and eerily lit portals to other worlds.
Click to viewLast summer, a condemned house in Houston, Texas was sucked into a small wormhole, its wooden facade slowly slurped though another dimension and spit out into an alley behind the backyard. This bizarre mashup of real estate and theoretical physics was created by local artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, who…
Math geeks at University of Rochester say it's theoretically possible to create a wormhole between two locations. The beauty part is that you'd be invisible while you travel between them. The tech you'd use to do this sounds a little like Philip K. Dick's "scramble suit" from A Scanner Darkly. "Metamaterials" that…