Daily Archives: April 7th, 2009

Serendipitous warp drive with Battlestar anti-angst

Another problem with a Star Trek type “warp drive” is discovered:

Let’s look more closely. Warp drive as envisioned by Miguel Alcubierre relied on the concept that although nothing could move faster than the speed of light through spacetime, spacetime itself is not so restricted. We do not, in fact, have any notion of a limit to the ’stretching’ of spacetime, a fact brought home by inflation theory, which posits an immense expansion of the early universe in a mere flicker of time. Contract the spacetime in front of a vehicle while expanding it behind and the spacecraft itself never exceeds the speed of light even though the ‘warped’ spacetime delivers it to its destination faster than would otherwise be possible.


All of which calls for immense supplies of energy, and negative energy at that, so that recent work has been (more or less unsuccessfully) devoted to understanding how to reduce those requirements to something remotely manageable. Now Finazzi and team have folded quantum mechanics into their consideration of warp drive theory, with the result that warp drive is shown to be untenable for the hapless crew. The inside of the ‘bubble’ housing the spacecraft, in fact, becomes filled with Hawking radiation, emitted by black holes due to these very quantum effects.

This isn’t over by a long-shot folks, black-holes, Hawking Radiation and all that just might prove to be false concepts like the “ether” was pre-Einstein.

A Serendipitous Encounter with Warp Drive


I never got around much to watch Battlestar Galactica on television during it’s four year run, except for most for the first season. And that was because I rented it from Blockbuster.

From what I saw, it was definitely better than the original 1979 version with Bonanza’s Lorne Greene playing Adama and the obvious Biblical overtones that pervaded it. But according to Chris Wren, it ultimately fell to the same state its namesake did:

God, I’m so glad that show is gone. Scifi can finally become scifi again, and leave the Left Behind/Touched by an Angel shit in the vast unmarked grave of  Televisions self-indulgent wankfests. I’ve spent the last two weeks arguing with people about the relative merits of Ron Moore’s ham-fisted grade 10-level religious melodrama and my mind hasn’t changed. However well the show started off, it ended up being the worst thing to happen to scifi television since The Great Vegetable Rebellion.

I don’t know what the Great Vegetable Rebellion is, but I know what a wankfest is!

I dunno, I guess I’m going to have to go to Blockbuster and rent the three seasons I didn’t see.

BTW, here’s a link to SCIFI’s video page and watch the last few episodes if you want and then tell me if they’re good sci-fi, or a good wankfest!


Two weeks without Battlestar Galactica________________________________