"Interesting" new theory of hyperspace

Posted by Cristina (6th Jan 2006, 13:05) -

From the 'so crazy it might even be true' files: a scientist, crippled at a young age in a lab accident, published a paper about a 6-dimensional universe, and using spinning magnets and superconductors to generate gravitational forces and possibly enter alternate dimensions where the speed of light is higher.

According to Heim´s theories, with adequate propulsion systems, we could reach Mars in 3 days, and other star systems 11 light years away in 80 days.

And the scariest thing of all? The US government seems to think it´s a neat idea worth funding.

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 Adeon ( 6th Jan 2006, 18:18, Rank: Ewok )  reply

Well potentially world changing things are worth investing a little cash in if there is even a miniscule chance that they will work. If someone does invent a hyperdrive, being the person who funded his research will look good when the patents get handed out.

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 Cristina ( 6th Jan 2006, 18:32, Rank: Jhereg )  reply

They are calling it the "Z Machine" :) They hope to have the engine done in 5 years, but the theory is very incomplete, relatively unknown and very controversial. Besides its amazing technical applications (me, me! take me to Mars!), it will involve a complete change in the way we do and understand Physics, which is something the US goverment doesn't seem to have any plans to investigate.

It just feels very crazy, but it is a real page, and not a spoof of New Scientist, as we were trying to find out this morning.

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 Richard ( 25th Jan 2006, 17:01, Rank: Dust Puppy )  reply

Just to clarify Z isnt the engine, its a current plasma physics 'Zpinch' experiment much like a bigger version of IC's MAGPIE in teh basement of physics. I think the articel was comparing the magnetic fields required to those produced in Z. I REALLY woudnt get hopes up about this one, it has the rather fishy flavour of yet another trek-fuelled attempt to bring SF to life through untried dodgey theory. The fact that the US government has nvested money is sad (when they arte cancelling real physics like B-Tev) but not surprising. They have been known to invest in all sorts of crazy things just in case. THere reaches a certin point when they feel that they have to give it a whirl just in case smone else does it forst and it does actually work. They are still conducting electrostatically flaoting craft experiments for example.

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