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Recent articles in Scientific American have talked about traveling faster than light.
Scientific American ^ | 03/20/05 | Jorge

Posted on 03/20/2005 8:31:45 PM PST by KevinDavis

Einstein's special theory of relativity predicts that nothing can exceed the speed of light. But special relativity applies when spacetime is flat. When spacetime is curved, the theory applies only "locally"--that is, over regions of spacetime small enough to be considered flat. Consider the analogy of a plane that is tangent to a sphere. The flat geometry of the plane is a good approximation to the geometry of the sphere when the size of the plane is very small compared to the sphere's radius of curvature.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: fasterthanlight; justtodamnfast; physics; podkletnov; science; space; warp; wasntspeedingofficer
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To: corkoman

Yes, but it may be necessary to ship out the nay-sayers so we can go about our explorations unhindered. :)

Besides, they're an embarassment to our species.


21 posted on 03/20/2005 8:52:56 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: maestro

God also created us, but we apparently have to work a little harder at achieving it.


22 posted on 03/20/2005 8:53:04 PM PST by SengirV
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To: RightWhale

> Goedel proved that we can travel anywhere in time

I did not know this. Can you elaborate or point to a web reference?


23 posted on 03/20/2005 8:53:22 PM PST by old-ager
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To: KevinDavis

But if we're traveling faster than light at night and turn out headlights on, what happens?


24 posted on 03/20/2005 8:54:39 PM PST by durasell (Friends are so alarming, My lover's never charming...)
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To: Paul C. Jesup
the side effect of the research proofed that the exact speed of light is not a constant and can change given the enviroment it is in

We've known for quite some time that light slows down while traveling through various media. That's the reason for refraction in water or glass, for example.

I haven't heard of anything that increases light's speed.

25 posted on 03/20/2005 8:55:37 PM PST by FoxInSocks
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To: old-ager

There is a new book, Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Godel -- by Rebecca Goldstein. About $15. Biographical with philosophy, written by a philosopher. Good writer, too.


26 posted on 03/20/2005 8:57:52 PM PST by RightWhale (Please correct if cosmic balance requires.)
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To: RightWhale

But we need spice to bend space, have we found it yet?


27 posted on 03/20/2005 8:58:25 PM PST by DB ()
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To: maestro

Thanks. :)


28 posted on 03/20/2005 8:58:52 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: KevinDavis

Pioneer is leaving the solar system at a faster-than-expected rate. One speculation is that light may be faster than established out there, making interstellar travel that much easier.


29 posted on 03/20/2005 8:58:56 PM PST by SteveMcKing
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To: KevinDavis

You wanna travel in the multi-verse and see some outta this world sights?


30 posted on 03/20/2005 9:01:45 PM PST by prophetic ("I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things."--Dan Rather)
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To: DB

No, we're still looking at it wrong. If another fearsome threesome like Goedel, Einstein, and Heisenberg ever come into our midst again, maybe they'll be able to furnish us with the right spectacles like Rowdy Roddy.


31 posted on 03/20/2005 9:03:04 PM PST by RightWhale (Please correct if cosmic balance requires.)
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To: KevinDavis

I read this article next year


32 posted on 03/20/2005 9:04:11 PM PST by waynebobo
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To: KevinDavis
Well, I can give you something right now that travels much much faster than light, in fact it appears to have infinite speed; Gravity.

The planets react to the instantaneous position of other planets even though the time for light to travel between them may be hours, days, weeks or months. If there was a lag in the reaction because of the light speed, many planet orbits would fly apart in spirals. Funny, nobody make a fuss about this because it has always been this way.

33 posted on 03/20/2005 9:05:08 PM PST by det dweller too
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To: RightWhale
Goedel proved that we can travel anywhere in time, and that means time is an illusion. We're just not looking at it right."

A few 'shrooms can usually help with that.


34 posted on 03/20/2005 9:06:27 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: KevinDavis
Fascinating.

Add me to your ping list, please...

35 posted on 03/20/2005 9:07:48 PM PST by THX 1138
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To: FreedomCalls

We have seen some people try that. They don't seem to go anywhere and they are still there when they recover from the toxicity. If they recover.


36 posted on 03/20/2005 9:09:42 PM PST by RightWhale (Please correct if cosmic balance requires.)
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To: Paul C. Jesup

No, flat spacetime speed of light is the issue here.

Not about subjecting it through gasses.

A fork travels through a chocolate cake faster than the speed of light. Think about it.


37 posted on 03/20/2005 9:11:19 PM PST by Crazieman (Islam. Religion of peace, and they'll kill you to prove it.)
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To: det dweller too

Listen to you guys and we can't even protect a sweet woman from being executed by judge and you're talking about zapping around at the speed of light--blahblahblahblah...


38 posted on 03/20/2005 9:11:26 PM PST by brushcop
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To: durasell

It hits you right in the face.


39 posted on 03/20/2005 9:11:40 PM PST by TheGeezer
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To: det dweller too
Not necessarily, however, there is an experiment being conducted in space at this very moment that should be able answer this conclusively within a year or so.

http://www.gravityprobeb.com/
40 posted on 03/20/2005 9:12:51 PM PST by Trityn
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