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Erm, I’m not quite sure to make of this but a well-respected Professor from the University of Connecticut believes that he has a blueprint for creating a working time machine within a decade – not to transport people (although he does believe that this is ultimately possible) but to transport neutrons. He plans to measure the ‘half-life’ of these particles after their journey through the aforementioned machine to demonstrate that they have travelled back in time.
His work has caused quite a stir because, despite being completely leftfield, it is – at least in theory – feasible; the basic underlying mathematics appear to stack. His ideas are based on an extrapolation of Einstein’s relativity theories. Einstein was able to demonstrate that gravity is the effect of a warping in the fabric of space-time. Time can therefore – at least potentially – be manipulated.
Professor Ronald Mallett believes that it is possible to warp space-time by using high-powered, circulating laser beams. He likens it to stirring up a cup of coffee – the coffee being analogous to the space inside a tunnel of circulating light. If you can stir up space, you can stir up time.
According to an interview I recently watched, Mallett’s longer-term objective is to send information back through time – to find a way of codifying messages that can travel in his machine.
It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to learn that he is struggling to find the necessary funding to get his ideas off the ground.
For more on this bizarre story, see here.