Monday, August 11, 2014

Queenslanders Simulate Time Travel

Is time travel possible? Who knows...In the form that most are envisioning, probably not. It would seem the only way we are going to travel in time is forward at at the rate of 1 second per second.  

But into that cozy comfort of conformity jumps a team from the University of Queensland to give the faithful a glimmer of hope.

From the Engadget blog HERE
  • Their study used individual photons to replicate a quantum particle traveling through a space-time loop (like the one you see above) to arrive where and when it began. Since these particles are inherently uncertain, there wasn't room for the paradoxes that normally thwart this sort of research. 
The particle couldn't destroy itself before it went on its journey, for example.

 Now "simulation" is the telling term here. There hasn't actually been a warp of time (though I suspect some of our "perceptions" have been twisted and pulled into strange new shapes! ;)  -- the experiment  only shown how it can or could work. 

From the article, once again:
  • It could take a long time before there's proof that whole atoms and objects can make the leap, let alone a real-world demonstration.

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