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Warp drive technology may be closer than we thought

Warp drive technology may be closer than we thought

First introduced in Star Trek, warp drive proposed travel at speeds exceeding that of light, thereby challenging Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) From the moment the sci-fi TV series Star Trek aired, it has captivated audiences, leaving them with a myriad of questions. For decades, the series has masterfully blended elements of real-life science with fiction, sparking innovations that have become integral to our everyday lives. Among the groundbreaking concepts presented in the series, warp drive stands out. It captured the imagination of viewers worldwide. This idea, first introduced in Star Trek, proposed travel at speeds exceeding that of light, thereby challenging Einstein’s Theory of Relativity which asserts that nothing can travel faster than light. A ring-shaped warp drive device could transport a football-shape starship (center) to effective speeds faster than light. The concept was first proposed by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre. (CREDIT: Harold White) Miguel Alcubierre, a theoretical physicist in 1994 developed a theory called the Alcubierre drive. He created a bubble within space-time that would twist distances making it possible for …

Warp drive technology could be just around the corner, scientists think

Warp drive technology could be just around the corner, scientists think

Warp drive was the very first theory proposed in Star Trek, allowing it to travel faster than light across the galaxy. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) From the moment the sci-fi TV series Star Trek aired, it has captivated audiences, leaving them with a myriad of questions. For decades, the series has masterfully blended elements of real-life science with fiction, sparking innovations that have become integral to our everyday lives. Among the groundbreaking concepts presented in the series, warp drive stands out. It captured the imagination of viewers worldwide. This idea, first introduced in Star Trek, proposed travel at speeds exceeding that of light, thereby challenging Einstein’s Theory of Relativity which asserts that nothing can travel faster than light. Miguel Alcubierre, a theoretical physicist in 1994 developed a theory called the Alcubierre drive. He created a bubble within space-time that would twist distances making it possible for anything to travel long distances within the bubble. Most people thought this made perfect theoretical sense, but practically it wasn’t workable. However, to prove them wrong, Joseph Agnew, an undergrad …

Operation Warp Speed, but for Everything Government Does

Operation Warp Speed, but for Everything Government Does

The U.S. government can achieve great things quickly when it has to. In November 2020, the Food and Drug Administration granted emergency-use authorization to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19. Seven days later, a competing vaccine from Moderna was approved. The rollout to the public began a few weeks later. The desperate search for a vaccine had been orchestrated by Operation Warp Speed, an initiative announced by the Trump administration that May. Developing, testing, manufacturing, and deploying a new vaccine typically takes a decade or more. OWS, which accomplished the feat in months, belongs in the pantheon of U.S. innovation triumphs, along with the Manhattan Project and the Apollo moon-landing program. It’s a case study in how the U.S. government can solve complex, urgent problems, and it challenges the narrative that public institutions have lost their ability to dream big and move fast. Read: The one area where the U.S. COVID-19 strategy seems to be working That narrative, sadly, has ample basis in recent history. Many efforts to upgrade the nation’s transportation systems falter because, as …

How drugs can warp your sense of time

How drugs can warp your sense of time

Imagine a world where you could control your sense of time. Where trips to the dentist flew by in a second and holidays felt like they lasted forever. Time altering pills may sound like science fiction but the time warping effects of psychoactive drugs suggest that deliberate time manipulation may be possible. Drug induced time-warps are a widely reported phenomenon by recreational drug users. My 2022 study suggested that over 75% of people who had recently used cocaine, MDMA (also known as ecstasy) and cannabis reported distortions to the passage of time during drug use. The participants said the distortions were a pleasurable aspect of drug use. Studies show that cocaine and MDMA (ecstasy) speed up our perception of time. Despite being able to party for longer after cocaine and MDMA, users may feel like their night was over faster because time flew by more quickly. Cannabis, on the other hand, often leads to a sensation of time expanding. Minutes can feel like hours and evenings seem to last forever. Other drugs can scramble our …

Warp brings an AI bot to its terminal

Warp brings an AI bot to its terminal

Warp, a fast-growing startup that is working on building a better terminal, today announced that it has added a new chat feature (unsurprisingly based on ChatGPT) that will help its user with using the command line and troubleshooting errors. We’ve obviously seen a flood of ChatGPT-enabled services lately, with some more interesting than others, but this feels like a legitimately useful application of the technology. The command line is, after all, isn’t necessarily the most user friendly of interfaces — and that means that even experienced users often have to resort to troubleshooting by searching for answers on Stack Overflow. “The terminal is a notoriously difficult tool. It’s difficult to know how to do workflows. It’s difficult to understand errors. It’s difficult to write scripts,” Warp co-founder and CEO Zach Lloyd explained. “We think that there’s a pretty significant opportunity to put AI in the core of the app in a way that makes it so that it can do most of these things for you.” He also noted that this is a good way …