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Warp Drive In Our Lifetime?

Dr. Harold White, Advanced Propulsion team leader for NASA’s Engineering Directorate recently said, “Perhaps a Star Trek experience within our lifetime is not such a remote possibility.” Dr. White isn’t just talking about the theoretical possibility of a warp drive; he and the rest of the Advanced Propulsion team has begun working on actually creating one. Yes, Virginia, there really IS a warp drive. Space exploration is still in its infancy. We’ve made it to the moon, we’ve sent robots to Mars, probes to Venus (although we haven’t found a way to design one which can survive the extreme heat and pressure there for long) and the Voyager spacecraft are reaching the very edges of the solar system. However, we’re still a very long way from being the kind of space faring species we’ll need to be if we hope to outlive our own planet. RESOURCE: To read his 33 page PDF report on Warp Drive feasibility, go here. To learn more about the Icarus Interstellar Project, go here. With our current level of technology, interstellar travel is virtually impossible. The amount of fuel needed to get to even the closest star (Proxima Centauri, about 4.22 light years away) is enormous and even with the fastest of experimental propulsion systems, it would still take tens of thousands of years. It’s simply not worth doing, at least not with the technology we have now. Obviously, it’s going to take a different approach – something which allows a spacecraft to travel as close as possible to the speed of light. Warp Bubbles Every schoolchild knows that you can’t exceed the speed of light, but Dr. White and other scientists think that there may be loopholes in this law of nature which could allow us to warp the fabric of space-time. That’s what Dr. White’s team is looking for at NASA Eagleworks at the Johnson Space Center. They’re working on, in Dr. White’s words, “an interferometer test bed that will try to generate and detect a microscopic instance of a little warp bubble,” with an instrument called a White-Juday WarpField Interferometer. While the team may be trying to create microscopic warp bubbles now, the possibilities are anything but. According to Dr. White, “Although this is just a tiny instance of the phenomena, it will be existence proof for the idea of perturbing space time-a “Chicago pile” moment, as it were. Recall that December of 1942 saw the first demonstration of a controlled nuclear reaction that generated a whopping half watt. This existence proof was followed by the activation of a ~ four megawatt reactor in November of 1943. Existence proof for the practical application of a scientific idea can be a tipping point for technology development. How Will It Work? This type of warp drive will allow superluminal travel by compressing space ahead of it and expanding the space behind it – in other words, moving a great distance while actually staying still. The drive is predicted not to have the same adverse… 0

Going Green: Things You Can Do Now For The Future of Planet Earth

Loads of individuals recycle, but there are other things that individuals can do to help save money on electricity, conserve water and also help the planet. When it comes down to it, recycling is essential but there are other things which can be done to help the planet even more. While some changes that you make may require a small amount of cash, you’re going to discover that in time you will end up saving cash. In This Post we’re going to be speaking about a few of the changes you can make that will help you and our world. These days we are living in the computer age and pretty much every home has a desktop computer. Even though some homes will only have one home computer, you will find that most homes will wind up having a couple of these computers. One of the actual changes you can make to save on electricity is to switch to laptops, as these computers can be operated with about 25% of the electricity that a standard home computer uses. Home computer systems use a lot more electricity than a laptop, in fact to run 2 home computers for 12 months it can cost about $200 a year. On the flip side you will recognize that you’ll only pay around $50 a year for 2 laptops. If you do the math you are going to find that in a matter of 10 years you can actually save $1,500 or maybe more on your electric bill, along with conserving energy. Washing machines are another thing which you can discover in most homes. And while I realize that folks need to have clean cloths you can wind up saving a lot of cash by just upgrading your current washing machine. You must already realize that older washing machines not only require more water, but they also use loads of electricity. In fact if you were to upgrade your washing machine to a new one, it can save you up to 50% of the electricity you used to use. One other thing you ought to know is that you can reduce your energy costs by 80% if you opt to wash your cloths in cold water. One final thing you should do is to have your home evaluated to see how much heating and cooling you are wasting. While this is not as important for men and women in the lower states, you will find that this is a thing that can save men and women in the northern states a lot of money each and every year with their heating costs. If you choose to have you home evaluated, you will recognize that your home is most likely wasting your heating through loads of different places. This essentially requires that you keep your heat on more of the time in order to keep your home warm. While a number of the things that you may possibly do will end up costing you a little… 0

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