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Ask Ethan: What science experiments will open the door to the future? (Synopsis)

26 Aug 2017, 15:23 UTC
Ask Ethan: What science experiments will open the door to the future? (Synopsis)
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“Imagination makes us aware of limitless possibilities. How many of us haven’t pondered the concept of infinity or imagined the possibility of time travel? In one of her poems, Emily Bronte likens imagination to a constant companion, but I prefer to think of it as a built-in entertainment system.” -Alexandra Adornetto
The dream of futuristic technologies and what they might enable us to do — travel back in time, create artificial gravity, traverse the stars, create unlimited energy — are some of the best goals science can aspire to. While a great many of the technologies we’ve envisioned might well prove to be physically impossible, these four could immediately become reality if just one experiment, potentially within the next decade, reveals a surprise it should be able to detect.
All rockets ever envisioned require some type of fuel, but if a dark matter engine were created, new fuel is always to be found simply by traveling through the galaxy. Image credit: NASA / MSFC.
If dark matter is detected and proves to be its own antiparticle, then all we need to do is figure out how to harness it and unlimited fuel along an interstellar journey is ours for the ...

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