Star Trek warp drive could prove deadly if ever created

 

From Back to the Future‘s hoverboards to Doctor Who‘s sonic screwdriver, we’re anxiously waiting for our favorite sci-fi tech to become real life inventions. But for anyone waiting for Star Trek‘s faster-than-light warp drive travel, there’s some bad news: Scientists at the University of Sydney have done the math, and believe that the fictional warp drive could break our entire universe.
During the warp process, it’s believed that a number of highly energetic atomic particles would get caught up while warping and displaced immediately following the warp. The energy contained by those particles would be enough to absolutely obliterate anyone at the destination point. Or anyone near the destination. Or anyone who’s even heard of the destination.
For those really interested in the science (fictional though the science may be), the researchers explain: “Any people at the destination would be gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion due to the extreme blueshifts for [forward] region particles.” That’s a total bummer. But you can take at least some solace in knowing that there are plenty of Star Trek gadgets and technologies that aren’t lethal to the time space continuum.

 

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