Sometimes all we have is our dreams and those are more than enough when you think about it. This weekend, kubxlab wants you to set your sights on the stars. Haven’t you heard? Astrophysics is all the rage right now. So let’s talk about it. Teleportation? Possible. Time travel? Possible. Another you in another universe? Likely, even. So before this weekend, let’s just trip out on the stars for a little bit before you get to your business. If you head out there, into the mysterious world of endless possibility we call “the weekend,” with an open mind, we think you’ll find some pretty cool stuff.
The teleportation problem is pretty easy to solve. You just have to do it from the fourth dimension. Duh. Think about it this way: pretend we all live in a 2-D world, like cartoons, and all we know is the flat plane we live on. We don’t know what up or down means, can’t even picture it in our minds. Now, imagine that someone from the third dimension picks you up and puts you down somewhere else. To everyone you know it would look like you disappeared and then reappeared somewhere else. So you can teleport, no problem; just have someone from the fourth dimension pick you up out of the third and then put you down somewhere else. Done!
Einstein said, “Nope.” Michio Kaku says, “Yeah, duh.” So, how do you do it? String theory gives us the answer. And, what’s string theory? String theory is the theory that lets Einstein’s general relativity and quantum mechanics make sense in relation to each other. Basically, they don’t get along, and string theory makes it so they can. Time travel? Piece of cake. Think about time as a long sheet of paper (actually, it’s space AND time). Here’s the Earth sitting on that sheet:
(Looks cozy, doesn’t it?)
Now, remembering that the grid is both space AND time, we use string theory (and lots and lots and lots of energy) to fold the paper over:
That bridge that looks like an hourglass is a “wormhole.” You’ve probably heard about it on Star Trek. It’s actually a bridge connecting one point in space and time to another point in space and time. Just take a stroll through and presto! You’ve traveled through time. Feel free to try it at home.
It takes a LOT more than 1.21 Jigawatts unfortunately. Particularly, this is true because Jigawatts do not exist.
Have fun this weekend bouncing around the time-space continuum with all that neat stuff bouncing around in your head! Don’t try to explain it to someone at the bar; trust me, it won’t work. No, your crash course in astrophysics can be our little secret. Just think about it from time to time, when you’d like to blow your own mind. Until next time, live long and party!