Traveling at the speed of light 

By: Grace Helmke

It’s something out of a sci-fi novel. The thought of being able to travel at 670,616,629 miles per hour seems impossible. But is it really? Traversing the cosmos at the speed of light may not be as fictional as we once thought. 

Understanding Einstein’s general theory of relativity

Einstein’s theory of general relativity is essential to this idea of traveling at the speed of light. He stated that gravity was a geometric distortion of spacetime which could not be predicted by Newton’s laws. Einstein defined spacetime as the dimension which time and space shared. It was the formation of a four dimensional continuum which was made up of space and time. It would look something like a piece of fabric. Each planet, star, or mass would make dips in it. Or, they would bend spacetime. 

Relativity in space travel

Scientists have since been looking into light speed travel using various methods. In several projects, spanning all the way from 1950-1980, researchers discussed using nuclear fusion to propel a spacecraft, however they decided it might be best not to launch a nuclear warhead into space. 

However, researchers have begun to follow in the footsteps of science fiction in an attempt to achieve light speed travel. Warp drive was a concept introduced on Star Trek, a television show from the 1960s about a space crew completing missions in the 23rd century. Warp drive essentially distorted the fabric of spacetime, allowing the crew to travel superluminally, or faster than the speed of light.

Einstein’s theories suggest that this is not a totally unheard of thought. In fact, it’s entirely possible. In 1994, a scientist named Miguel Alcubierre discovered what today is known as the Alcubierre Drive. Essentially, his theory was that it’s possible to bend space time in a way that contracts in front of you, and expands behind you, moving you in a forward motion. 

This field of study is still largely unexplored. However, there have been some discoveries in recent years that have significantly contributed to its advancement. Scientists working at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) discovered naturally occurring gravitational waves. It confirmed Einstein’s predictions of relativity and proved that the basis for the warp drive exists in nature. 

There are some problems that come along with this form of travel. It requires negative energy. This is an issue because we have no physical evidence that negative energy is real. At this point in time, it only exists in the laws of physics, and in quantum theory, which states that it’s possible to borrow energy from a vacuum at another location. It’s like borrowing money from a bank.

Another issue is the sheer amount of energy needed. Scientists believe that the total energy required to travel via warp drive would be equivalent to the mass of Jupiter. That is simply not in our capacity at this point in time. The production of that amount of energy will only come from the furthering of science and technology; well into the future. It’s not impossible, it’s just not in line with our current abilities. 

Conclusion 

So, is it possible that humanity may one day travel at the speed of light? Most likely, yes. It is probable that we may one day travel at astonishing speeds. Although we do not currently have the capacity to create the amount of energy needed, scientists are working to change that. We will one day achieve a seemingly fictional feat. One that may change our society forever. 

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‘Death Note’ recommendation 

By: Mohamed Ahmed 

‘Death Note’. Have you heard of if?

No. All right then, this article is meant to see if you would like ‘Death Note’. 

‘Death Note’ is an anime/manga series that aired back in 2006. It was a very successful manga and had a live action based of the anime adaptation. 

The story of ‘Death Note’ revolves around a high school student named Light Yagami. He lives a decent life, his dad is a cop and makes enough to support him and his family. He was a genius and school was a breeze.

One day, when he looked out the window, he saw a book fall from the sky. That was when he discovered the Death Note.

I won’t explain the terms or conditions, but in the end, he makes a deal with a shinigami, otherwise known as a god of death in Japanese folklore. Know that shinigami are not the grim reaper or Satan. They’re are not pure evil or good either. 

Then he murders hundreds of criminals before catching the eye of L, the world’s best detective. L proceeds to narrow down the suspects of who Kira.(Light’s nickname) is.

The rest of the show is a mind game where Light has to find ways to prove that he is not Kira, and the extreme lengths he goes to hide that he is a mass murderer.

The characters in this show aren’t one dimensional and are based in reality. They have problems and other things going on in their life. They have issues, priorities, and they all come together to make the story realistic and feel like reality. For example, the police chief is shown to have other responsibilities along with his police work that focuses on Kira. His whole life, and story line, isn’t just connected to the Kira case.

The thing that makes ‘Death Note’ so intriguing is the moral dilemmas in the show. There are naive, sadistic, and morally ambiguous characters.

To what extent is it okay to go to catch a criminal? How much are you willing to sacrifice for the greater good?

Human nature, morality, and greed are major themes in ‘Death Note’. 

If you like mind games, thrillers and supernatural elements in your story, then just give ‘Death Note’ a chance.