If you're dreaming of a world where warp technology is a reality, you're really not alone. But among the Star Trek faithful, there also exist some scientists who take their passive daydreams of traveling among the stars at warp speed and theorize how we can make them a reality.
But you won't find all of them working at NASA. On the contrary, there's one man in particular who is trying to break the warp barrier in the seemingly most unlikely of places.
David Pares is maybe not how you'd imagine a scientist trying to prove the existence of warp fields (and then harness them), but he is the one who seems to be trying the hardest. Armed with all the money and free time he possesses, Pares has been tirelessly exploring what some people have dismissed as a pointless endeavor. But a lack of funding or scientific support won't stop him.
While NASA's Harold “Sonny” White is exploring warp bubbles in a more theoretical way, Pares is taking a more hands-on approach. He's toiling over a Faraday cage and constructing a V-shaped device made up of three panels with fractal arrays that he believes can compress the very fabric of space. Pares does so at the headquarters for Space Warp Dynamics, aka his garage.
That might sound ridiculous, and it kind of is. But in the midst of that madness, there are things happening that are actually interesting. Pares is able to move a 3.5-pound weight suspended in a cage using that V-shaped device by twisting knobs just like a mad scientist. He believes he's compressing space, saying, "You’re not supposed to be able to do this."
And, despite how crazy that might sound, it's still neat.
Pares is trying to prove something that most scientists think is madness -- that warp bubbles are naturally occurring right now here on Earth. His theory stems from stories told by numerous pilots over the years who have traveled, in some cases, hundreds of miles in the blink of an eye. Pares believes the explanation for these unexplained instances is electrical fields causing warp fields.
Sure, that could be a bit of a stretch, but it's still neat seing someone attempt to make the impossible into something possible in their own garage. For all we know, Pares might be the present-day equivalent of the Wright brothers. Or his warp engine might stall. Either way, we're glad he's out there dreaming. He's not alone.
(via The Mary Sue)