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New method would not break Einstein's Theory of Relativity

Virtually all science fiction that involves intergalactic travel or convenient travel between planets in our own solar system revolves around faster than light travel. One problem with many theories for faster than light travel is the proposed methods would violate Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

Two physicists from Baylor University have theorized what they believe to be a method of faster than light travel that would not break the Theory of Relativity. Einstein's Theory of Relativity states that objects accelerating to the speed of light require an infinite amount of energy.

The physicists -- Gerald Cleaver and Richard Obousy -- have theorized a new idea for faster than light travel that involves manipulating dark energy to propel a spacecraft. According to the universe -- in theory -- moved faster than light for a short time after the Big Bang, propelled by dark energy which represents about 74% of the mass energy budget in the universe. goes on to say that, 22% of the mass energy budget consists of dark matter and what remains of the mass-energy budget in the universe being made up of stars, planets and other things we see.

Some current evidence supports the theory that the fabric of space-time can expand faster than the speed of light. This is said to be because the reality which light travels is expanding itself.

The Baylor physicists took a recent idea in string theory to devise a method of manipulating dark energy to accelerate a spaceship based on the Alcubierre drive. The Alcubierre drive works on the principle -- in theory -- that expanding space-time behind a ship and reducing space-time in front of the ship would result in propulsion at faster than light speeds.

Cleaver said, "Think of it [faster than light travel] like a surfer riding a wave. The ship would be pushed by the spatial bubble and the bubble would be traveling faster than the speed of light."

It is believed that 10 dimensions exist, with six of them being largely unknown. M-theory suggests that hypothetical one-dimensional strings vibrate in yet another dimension. Cleaver and Obousy theorize that manipulating the dimension the strings vibrate in would alter dark energy in height, width, and length to permit a spaceship to take advantage of dark energy's effect on the universe.

Cleaver told, "The dark energy is simultaneously decreased just in front of the ship to decrease (and bring to a stop) the expansion rate of the universe in front of the ship. If the dark energy can be made negative directly in front of the ship, then space in front of the ship would locally contract."

While the whole theory hardly sounds simple, one of the greatest problems is the amount of energy required to propel a ship using this method. The physicists estimate that to move a small ship -- measuring approximately 33-feet x 33-feet -- would require energy equivalent to the entire mass of Jupiter.

Cleaver continued saying, "That is an enormous amount of energy. We are still a very long ways off before we could create something to harness that type of energy."

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RE: they stole my idea!!!
By deadrats on 8/24/2008 8:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
It is well known that there is certain warping of time-space in a gravitational field, so there must be a medium upon which the warping takes place. What is that medium exactly? Concentric circles, you say?

to clarify: the "warping" of space-time IS the gravitational field, according to relativity (and naturally my extension to relativity) and the warping is proportional to the mass of the object causing the deformation.

my "Archimedes Theory of Gravity" builds on this view and states that the shape of the deformation is in the form of "concentric circles" for lack of a better term, but it should be noted that the "concentric circles" ARE NOT what space-time is made of, that i do not put forth a hypothesis to.

basically what i attempted to show what the shape of the deformation that mass causes is and how some basic geometry can be used to explain why an object continues accelerating in the presence of a gravitational field and why it starts in the first place.

as for my attempt at a unified field theory, it takes a fairly basic form: i simply view light (and consequently all electro-magnetic phenomenon) as a wave in the "fabric of space-time" itself; if this view is correct, then we could unify gravity and light by simply stating that both are deformations of space-time itself caused by different catalysts.

furthermore, using the above view, we could also explain the mechanics of why light gets bent by a gravitational field, why light can't escape a black hole, why light gets red and blue shifted very easily: if light is nothing more than space-time itself "waving" and gravity is also space-time being "deformed" by mass in a way as i have described, well i think the explanations for the above should be fairly obvious.

the seeming particle-wave dual nature of light could also be explained as simply a consequence of the type of experiment we do, to wit: if we do an experiment where we look at the entire wave, then light appears as a wave, if we do an experiment where we look at a single point on the wave, then light looks like a photon. it's kind of like if we have a function and we take the derivative to find the instantaneous rate of change, then plug in a value, we only see one point of the curve, but if we take the integral we see the area under the curve.

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