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  •  That's why I concentrated on the laws of physics (0+ / 0-)

    ...rather than of engineering, because while materials scientists can change the laws of engineering, ye cannae change the laws of physics.

    Are hydrogen and antihydrogen really the best we'll ever have?  Let's cross the English Channel first, and see where engineering goes from there.
    That's my point: the engineering cannot take us further than that: new physics would be required before it's even a consideration.  The laws of physics, unfortunately, are under no obligation to play ball with human wishes.

    By all means dream, but where science can help is it can tell us what barriers stand between dreams and reality: the same math with which one can describe a wormhole also shows that you can't traverse it before it collapses unless you have so-called "exotic matter" - which requires properties unseen in any particles, observed or even theorized.

    Frankly, getting anywhere outside the solar system within a human lifetime is asking a lot more than getting the sci-fi staples of e.g. human cryogenics or building ark ships working - at least in these cases no new physics is required.

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    by GeoffT on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 05:56:40 PM PDT

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