Wormholes or theoretical bridges that connect distant points in space-time are quickly picked up from science fiction and brought into scientific reality.
In recent years, researchers have made significant progress toward understanding these hypothetical chain tunnels. Pointing to all that research, Liverpool John Moore’s University astrophysicist Andreea Font argues in a new essay in The conversation that it seems more and more likely that real people can one day travel through them. If she’s right, it could mean that one day she can travel faster than light – or even through time.
Of course, there are many caveats here – especially since existing research on wormholes is obviously far more theoretical than practical.
Eg. Font points out that it would take something called negative energy to stretch a wormhole that is open enough for a spacecraft to travel through ̵
So is it theoretically possible? Of course! But is it possible with today’s technology? Certainly not. And with tomorrow’s technology? Well, it’s still to be seen.
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But the recent increase in research into wormholes suggests that the things that currently seem impossible may not always remain so, Font argues, as more scientists publish work on the exotic cosmic structures and the possibility of traveling through them.
“Wormholes are still within the realm of imagination,” Font wrote The conversation. “But some scientists think we will be able to find them soon, too.”
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