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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Time Travel This Century?

A University of Connecticut professor says in an article here that time travel could be possible sooner than we might think.

"To determine if time loops exist, Mallett is designing a desktop-sized device that will test his time-warping theory. By arranging mirrors, Mallett can make a circulating light beam which should warp surrounding space. Because some subatomic particles have extremely short lifetimes, Mallett hopes that he will observe these particles to exist for a longer time than expected when placed in the vicinity of the circulating light beam. A longer lifetime means that the particles must have flowed through a time loop into the future."

If you could travel anywhere in time where would you go, the future or the past? If the past, when?

3 Comments:

Blogger X. Dell said...

There was a story from the news wires from the fall of 2004 that I meant to follow up on. Apparently, the SEC brought in some guy for questioning, because he had, over a two-week period, made a bundle of money from a series of long-shot trades, without losing on a single one.

The suspect allegedly told authorities that he was a time traveller from a future century, and he came back to 2004 in order to make a killing in the market, and sock it away in a bank that would be around for centuries.

I saw two wire service articles on these events before it vanished into the ether.

5:31 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

yeah, this was an Internet sensation a few years ago, not just 2004. I think Art Bell discussed the dude.

7:38 PM  
Blogger X. Dell said...

Update

This post prompted me to re-delve into the time-travelling stock market wiz story. It's totally bogus.

As it turns out, the story originated in the "World Weekly News." If you're not familiar with it, it started out as a tabloid ala "The National Enquirer," but evolved into more of a satire on tabloid journalism, and is closer to "The Onion" in its present incarnation.

"WWN" doesn't try to con us into thinking that they take these types of stories seriously, but someone at Reuters did. They then spread the story hither and yond under a cloak of semi-authority.

Savor this moment, meine damen und herrn. It'll be one of the few times that we'll be able to solve one of these mini-mysteries in this forum.

4:49 PM  

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