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A Fifth Dimension Could Make Star Trek Discovery’s Spore Drive Physically Possible

22 Jan 2019, 15:01 UTC
A Fifth Dimension Could Make Star Trek Discovery’s Spore Drive Physically Possible
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The USS Discovery, NCC-1031, is the first Star Trek ship we’ve seen to be capable of traveling via spore drive, which is faster than both impulse engines and warp drive. The idea of the spore drive may be physically possible in the Universe if extra spatial dimensions exist, but it probably won’t be powered by a network of mushroom spores. (STAR TREK / CBS PRESS KIT)The ability to instantaneously jump from one location in space to another clearly violates the laws of physics. Or does it?There are a few rules in the Universe that seem likely to never be broken. Particles cannot travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum; the entropy of a closed system can never decrease; energy and momentum must be conserved. But if the rules that the Universe plays by are different than we understand them today, many things that appear to be forbidden today may be possible after all.In Star Trek: Discovery, a new type of technology takes us even faster than warp drive: the spore drive. Instead of traveling slower-than-light (via impulse engines) or even faster-than-light through space (via warp drive), the spore drive enables an instantaneous “jump” from one location in ...

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