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05-05-2015, 02:33 AM
Science or Sci-fi? No matter, we understand neither
http://metro.co.uk/2015/05/01/nasa-has-a...s-5176138/

If you go faster than the speed of light you can get to the moon in just 4 hours!

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05-05-2015, 02:37 AM
RE: Science or Sci-fi? No matter, we understand neither
(05-05-2015 02:33 AM)Cetaceaphile Wrote:  http://metro.co.uk/2015/05/01/nasa-has-a...s-5176138/

If you go faster than the speed of light you can get to the moon in just 4 hours!

Wow, that entire site is nothing but click-bait, which also probably explinas the abysmal level writing and the misleading title.

I mean, video-game web sites had more to report on this, and they didn't have to hard-sell the title either.


Warp Drive Confirmed? EMDrive Warp Field Works In A Vacuum @ The Escapist

Earlier this week we learned that the EMDrive - a propulsion device that already breaks rules of physics - might actually be generating warp fields. If true it's absolutely amazing news that could enable space travel. But science urged caution. There was still a possibility the data was flawed because the EMDrive test wasn't conducted in a vacuum. So while the reasonable instinct is to get excited, we need to wait for more information.



It's a fun bit of information, but man, fuck Metro.co.uk.

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05-05-2015, 06:48 AM
RE: Science or Sci-fi? No matter, we understand neither
My sci-fi geek side really really wants this to be true.

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06-05-2015, 06:14 AM
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Talk of warp drives aside, if you can really propel a craft without ejecting propellant it will open up a completely new field of spacecraft design.

Give me your argument in the form of a published paper, and then we can start to talk.
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07-05-2015, 11:03 AM
RE: Science or Sci-fi? No matter, we understand neither
Is it me or is it poorly written when it states that the EMDrive "breaks the laws of physics".

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09-05-2015, 12:59 PM
RE: Science or Sci-fi? No matter, we understand neither
(07-05-2015 11:03 AM)devilsadvoc8 Wrote:  Is it me or is it poorly written when it states that the EMDrive "breaks the laws of physics".

The whole article is retarded.

It claims that traveling faster than light would allow travel to the moon in just a few hours. (Because the speed of light is actually less than the speed of sound?)
It calls the EMDrive a 'warp drive' despite it having absolutely no similarities to warp drive at all.
It claims that an EMDrive is a FTL engine design.
It says that something that exists in reality has broken the laws of physics.

It's a terrible article. Whoever wrote it needs to be punched in the jaw.

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15-05-2015, 06:25 AM
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"Faster than light" is a phrase that is as meaningless as the phrase "divide by zero." As the Monty Python song correctly states, the speed of light is the fastest speed there is.

When people start to confuse a popular space fantasy television show with reality, they are bound to come up with nonsense. And "warp drive" isn't even very imaginative. I much prefer the infinite improbability drive.

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