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Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006
Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006
Reviewed: Tuesday, July 18, 2006
the Omnivoire's Delimma
Reviewed: Wednesday, July 12, 2006
the Golem's Eye
Reviewed: Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Now that's fast: Hyperdrive, here we come!
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
From Science in the News
All Hail Hyperdrive: New-Old Idea Attracts Publicity, Top-Secret Attention
Obscure German physicist Burkhard Heim theorized ways to reconcile quantum mechanics with Einstein's general theory of relativity. In the early 1950s, Heim started to rework Einstein's equations [and] wound up with a theory of six dimensions, where gravity and electromagnetism are linked, allowing the conversion of energy from a gravitational to an electromagnetic state and back again.
... [One consequence is] the idea of the hyperdrive engine ... It could zip a spacecraft and humans aboard it out to Mars in just three hours. The craft could presumably eat up in 80 days the 11 light-years that exist between Earth and a distant star. That certainly sounds like science fiction, so stay tuned. Even testing is a long way off...