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Universe May Be Running Out of Time

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the ticking-clock dept.

Space 343

RenHoek writes "With heat death, the big crunch and quite a few other nasty ways in which the universe could see its demise, we can now add "running out of time" to the list. A team of scientists came up with a new theory that would solve the problem of the elusive dark energy that seems to be accelerating the expansion of the universe. They figure that the universe is not speeding up but we are, in relation to the outer regions of space, slowing down. Tests with the upcoming Large Hadron Collider will give more insight if we're going to end up frozen in time."

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last post! (5, Funny)

yagu (721525) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783006)

Ha, you only think this is offtopic!

Pretty vague description of the problem... (5, Funny)

GradiusCVK (1017360) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783074)

Ms. Cartman: Doctor, did you find out what's wrong with him?
Doctor: I'm afraid he's running out of time.
Ms. Cartman: Why, what's wrong with him?
Doctor: It's his time. It's running out.
Ms. Cartman: What can we do?
Doctor: Well, I suppose we can try a time transplant. I'll have to call a specialist.

Re:Pretty vague description of the problem... (-1, Offtopic)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783318)

Ahh... that's why I don't watch South Park anymore.

Re:Pretty vague description of the problem... (1, Offtopic)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783620)

That was actually an episode from a few seasons back...many people rip on South Park for just becoming crazy for the sake of crazy, but there is one thing that is abundantly clear...in the 11+ years that show has been on, it is quite obvious that Trey Parker and Matt Stone are no where even CLOSE to running out of original ideas. Outlandish, over the top, nothing like what the show used to be...but still original, creative, and just plain funny stuff.

You should keep watching it...it's an entirely different show than it was in it's first few seasons, but it's still a fantastic show. I dare say it's even better now than it used to be... /offtopic

Re:last post! (4, Funny)

davidsyes (765062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783532)

I think those guys have too much time on their hands... but that can be a topic for another... time...

Time ... (5, Funny)

foobsr (693224) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783008)

... to book at Milliways !!!

CC.

Re:Time ... (1)

AdmiralWeirdbeard (832807) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783654)

eh... I'll just book when i get back.

The sooner... (1, Funny)

iknownuttin (1099999) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783022)

the better....

With heat death, the big crunch and quite a few other nasty ways in which the universe could see its demise, we can now add "running out of time" to the list.

Sorry, it's the Holidays getting me down.

Re:The sooner... (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783562)

With heat death, the big crunch and quite a few other nasty ways in which the universe could see its demise, we can now add "running out of time" to the list.

Sorry, it's the Holidays getting me down.


Well, then, I'll cheer you up. It turns out that running out of time is the one way to ensure that the universe will never see its demise. Think of heat death as like the universe dying of asphyxiation. Running out of time is like dying in your sleep. Better, it's like going to bed and never bothering to wake up (or die for that matter).

Running out of time (1, Funny)

CandlJack (1198797) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783030)

It's our time. We needs more of it. I suppose we could try a time transplant.

Re:Running out of time (1)

AllNicksTaken (528293) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783118)

We could just steal time from another dimension that has some. Perhaps we'll end up in some kind of free-trade scenario where we are buying time in exchange for, say, some of our third-dimensional space from a cross-dimensional species that is running out of that. Trans-dimensional capitalism: it's the way of the future. If there is one.

Re:Running out of time (1)

cthulu_mt (1124113) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783194)

Rip Hunter is still searching for the missing 52 seconds. I'm sure those will help.

Re:Running out of time (4, Funny)

Kazymyr (190114) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783248)

I have some time-enlarging pills for sale if you're interested.

Re:Running out of time (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783292)

It's called "class lecture". Next step is to get people to enjoy the extra time without eliminating it.

Oh noes!!! (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783036)

As long as we figure out if Pat is a man or a woman before time stops, I am content.

time conservation (1)

tonyreadsnews (1134939) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783046)

I guess it's best to start work on a time conservation program.

We just keep using up all our resources these days.

Is there a fill up station somewhere, can we exploit time from another place?
Better start trying!

Re:time conservation (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783184)

Is there a fill up station somewhere, can we exploit time from another place?

Unfortunately you cannot just "fill up" on time, however you can stop wasting time and look into saving what time you have. May I suggest that there's no better place to save it than at the Timesaving Bank [wikipedia.org] .

ManBearPig! (4, Funny)

stewbacca (1033764) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783058)

Mr. Gore, have you been submitting stories to slashdot again?

Re:ManBearPig! (4, Funny)

fyrie (604735) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783266)

Global Slowing (tm) is a CRISIS. Thankfully I've come up with a system of time credits that should alleviate the problem.

EXCELSIOR!! (2, Funny)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783598)

Hey! Someday he will save the world from immanent destruction and even you will say "Thank you Al Gore! You're super awesome!"

We'll have to rethink everything (1, Insightful)

RealBothersome (838593) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783062)

If time turns out to be a non-constant, so goes everything we know about anything.

Re:We'll have to rethink everything (1)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783082)

Yeah, it's really done us a lot of harm so far.

Re:We'll have to rethink everything (3, Informative)

omeomi (675045) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783154)

If time turns out to be a non-constant, so goes everything we know about anything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_relativity [wikipedia.org]

"Although special relativity makes some quantities relative, such as time, that we would have imagined to be absolute based on everyday experience, it also makes absolute some others that were thought to be relative."

er...define 'constant'... (5, Insightful)

Quadraginta (902985) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783288)

The problem with TFA is that it makes little logical sense. In what possible sense can time be "slowing down?" "Slowing down" is a statement that something is changing less per unit time. If you like, that dx/dt is negative.

But how can you measure the "rate" at which time itself is changing? If "change in time" (dt) is going to go in the numerator, what will go in the denominator? Can't be dt, of course. So how do you define the "rate" at which time changes? I can't think of anything. It's like asking the price of money. "Price" means "how much you get per unit money." You can't ask how much money you get per unit money. (Note to nitpickers: the price of currency, e.g. the price of dollars in drachma, is not a valid counterexample.)

I'm sure the physics makes sense, but the language in this news article does not. If anyone knows what the actual science is, I at least would be grateful for a better explanation than this news article provides. Anyone?

Re:er...define 'constant'... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783496)

Think of speed and acceleration.

A hour is one 'second' per second, but, it can accelerate to one 'second' every half second, or decelerate to one 'second' every two seconds. I don't know the right words for it, but, I can clearly visualize this in my head.

Re:er...define 'constant'... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783714)

I can see where you're confused. Actually the price of money *is* a good analogy. How much does a dollar cost? Depends on what you compare it to. Could be x yen or y pounds. Experiments demonstrate that the speed of light is a constant, and since speed = distance/time, time and space must warp accordingly. So what goes in the numerator? Basically, your calculus ratio should be something like dt(here)/dt(there) where 'here' and 'there' are different points in space and/or different inertial frames. Hope this helps.

Re:er...define 'constant'... (4, Funny)

Lev13than (581686) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783726)

The problem with TFA is that it makes little logical sense. In what possible sense can time be "slowing down?" "Slowing down" is a statement that something is changing less per unit time. If you like, that dx/dt is negative. I'm sure the physics makes sense, but the language in this news article does not. If anyone knows what the actual science is, I at least would be grateful for a better explanation than this news article provides. Anyone?

Try to visualize this using kettles. The easiest way to slow the progress of time is to watch a kettle while it boils. If that analogy doesn't work for you, you can get a similar effect by boiling an egg or visiting a proctologist.
In order to replicate the study, you start with a single kettle (today) and then progressively add more kettles until the universe is composed entirely of kettles boiling water (end time). Kettles all the way down, as it were.

Re:We'll have to rethink everything (1)

Vexor (947598) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783584)

Just because the universe stops that doesn't mean your watch will.

Re:We'll have to rethink everything (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783640)

Like we really know anything anyway.

Entropic Doom (1)

SniperClops (776236) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783092)

Entropic Doom [wiktionary.org] will get us anyway, that is if this theory doesn't work out.

Re:Entropic Doom (1)

SniperClops (776236) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783124)

...I guess that is what he meant by heat death, never heard it called that before.

Re:Entropic Doom (1)

Walt Dismal (534799) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783514)

I, for one, oversalute our heat-death-defying, universe overclocking overlords!

Can we stop it? (1)

us7892 (655683) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783110)

So much to worry about. The collapsing universe. An asteroid striking Earth. Global climate change. Volcanoes that erupt and block the sun. Lnadslides and earthquakes causing devastating tsunamis.

I need a beer.

Add to that (1)

Snorpus (566772) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783226)

Hilary could be president in about 13 months.

Will time run out before then?

Re:Add to that (5, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783352)

We can only hope.

Re:Can we stop it? (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783234)

What's a "Lnadslide"?
What's a Lnad, for that matter?

Re:Can we stop it? (1)

Jaysyn (203771) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783290)

Kinda like a skroderider, but they are rocks instead.

Re:Can we stop it? (1)

cyphercell (843398) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783628)

lnad, kinda like fname and lname, you have an lnad and an rnad. I'm not a doctor, but I assume that an lnadslide is kinda like the opposite of an undescended rnad. I don't know for sure but I've heard that lnadslides and rnadslides tend to occur more frequently the more time goes by.

Re:Can we stop it? (1)

Technopaladin (858154) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783270)

What if we ran out of beer?
I suspect World Politics would change pretty quick.

Of course it could do anything (5, Interesting)

explosivejared (1186049) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783114)

"We believe that time emerged during the Big Bang, and if time can emerge, it can also disappear - that's just the reverse effect," he says.

Of course it could also flip us all upside down and turn everything a light salmon color!

Note to self: Patent method for garnering scientific celebrity. Come up with outlandish theory, then claim that LHC will move it to the mainstream.

Er... wha? (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783272)

If time emerged during the big bang, then wouldn't that mean that there was no "before" the big bang? So where did it come from?

Re:Er... wha? (3, Funny)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783392)

Come on, really now. It came from the Flying Spagetti Monster. Heathen.

Re:Er... wha? (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783680)

Bless his noodly appendage...

Re:Er... wha? (1)

king-manic (409855) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783446)

If time emerged during the big bang, then wouldn't that mean that there was no "before" the big bang? So where did it come from?
Before was 42x/0. It's it obvious?

Re:Er... wha? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783470)

In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.

Re:Er... wha? (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783544)

Reminds me of my family's minds.

So we are becomming a black hole? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783130)

I thought you didn't become frozen in time until you crossed the event horizon of a black hole. That you were "done for" but that it then takes an infinite amount of time to get to that finish? So maybe the local cluster is heading into a super black hole? Slowing us down? But - what would an outside observer see? I mean frame of reference is everything in the whole time conundrum, right? Argh - this stuff gives me a headache!

Re:So we are becomming a black hole? (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783390)

Maybe some sort of exra-dimensional black hole that we cannot detect with our current telescopes?

event horizon (4, Funny)

fifedrum (611338) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783132)

is this further evidence that we're approaching a black hole? The whole, unverse appears to be accelerating away from us in all directions thing?

kinda freakin' me out here people, if time slows down too much, it'll be 2:45 Friday afternoon forever!

Re:event horizon (1)

Ron Harwood (136613) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783286)

Nope, it's already 2:55 Friday afternoon. You can relax for now.

Re:event horizon (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783370)

Yeah, but now it's 2:59! See, time is slowing!

At this rate, we'll never get to go home :(

Re:event horizon (1)

tonyreadsnews (1134939) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783500)

Are you kidding, it's only 12:07. I think we're doomed.

Re:event horizon (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783346)

Oh noes. Time must be going backwards its only 1:57 Friday afternoon now.

Re:event horizon (1)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783428)

Would seem to be the opposite of a black hole. Of course, maybe BH's can slow the universe down.. hmm.

More to the point.. would you rather it be 2:45 Friday afternoon forever or 8:30 AM Monday morning?

Re:event horizon (1)

fifedrum (611338) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783518)

I guess?

so long as we're all moving through time together at the same rate, that's all that matters

hmmm, the same rate of what, time/time? delta time/ static time? So, I have this really nice cream stout at home, and I would really like to drink it.

time? (1)

wwmedia (950346) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783144)

the title is misleading

how many billions of years are we talking about?

should we (with our tiny lifespans) care whether the universe flies apart into nothingness or crushes itself?

dont we have more pressing issues as humanity to worry about (take a pick: global warming, george bush, global recession, peak oil)?

Re:time? (1)

foobsr (693224) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783456)

dont we have more pressing issues as humanity to worry about

Perhaps there would be relief from the perceived pressure if humanity would overcome anthropocentrism on a much broader scale than already suggested by some, and maybe cosmology helps to attain that.

CC.

Re:time? (1)

Sciros (986030) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783510)

No problem, George Bush, much like the universe, is running out of time as well so we really only have 3 of those to worry about.

The outer reaches... (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783152)

...of the universe are not slowing down, so let's move there!

Not again! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783156)

How long before we go to war with a universe who has more time than us? No blood for time!

3d Realms call to action (5, Funny)

psbrogna (611644) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783164)

I believe this announcement should be taken as a wake up call by the Duke Nukem Forever developers. I'm standing by to place my order while the cosmos collapses around me.

Re:3d Realms call to action (1)

RockedMan40 (1130729) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783244)

Might end up being Duke Nukem Foorrreeeevvvvvveeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Re:3d Realms call to action (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783258)

Didn't you hear? They released a short, low-quality trailer with very short flashes of what might be in-game video! This proves that DNF is coming!

Easy solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783166)

Even if you don't like Putin, renew the subscription!

Everyone just throws those notices away, but they really mean something.

never mind... (1)

dartmongrel (855947) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783170)

never mind the universe, I'm running out of time to get my Christmas shopping done!! best wishes to everyone!

who cares? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783174)

We'll all be dead loooooooooooooooooong before then.

Read the last line of the article first (1, Interesting)

Bill, Shooter of Bul (629286) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783176)

repeated below:

"If that happens, then these kind of theories will move out of the realm of speculation and into the mainstream."

There are a gazillion of these unsupported hunches out there, believe which ever one you want. Physics has become the domain of science fiction authors.

Re:Read the last line of the article first (2, Insightful)

Thought1 (1132989) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783406)

Physics always has been the domain of sci-fi authors. How do you think we got most of our current theories? (:

Re:Read the last line of the article first (5, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783582)

How do you think we got most of our current theories?
Fortune cookies in Chinese take-out.

Time for Dr. Dan Streetmentioner's... (3, Funny)

gardyloo (512791) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783178)

... "Time Traveler's Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations"

End up frozen in time? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783186)

How would we know?

And once time "starts again", wouldn't we just keep on going like nothing happened?

Time (1)

RockedMan40 (1130729) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783190)

So...from all this, the ending is - We get screwed. Thanks. The universe is just rolling the dice to see which doom wins. Fantastic... Now, give me another Irish coffee and let the IRS know they don't win in the end.

Think about it (1)

UncleWilly (1128141) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783198)

If you heard both theories at the same time (Dark Energy vs. Time Slowing) they are both equally strange.

Wait... (1)

rmadmin (532701) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783202)

If we're slowing down (even though time still SEEMS the same to us...) would that mean that we will actually have MORE time? (from a perspective of what our time originally was?)

Re:Wait... (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783452)

We might theoretically have more time, but we move slower, too.

and Bill Gates.... (1)

gosand (234100) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783206)

And Bill Gates may be running out of money.

In Soviet Russia (1)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783214)

In Soviet Russia, tiimmmeeee ssssssllllllloooooooowwwwwwwwwssssssssss YYYYYYYYYYYYOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re:In Soviet Russia (1)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783488)

If Soviet Russia isn't in a different universe, it is slowing down, too.

Obligatory, inspired, Yakov Smirnoff parady. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21783716)

"In Soviet Russia, time slows you!"

Time better not stop yet! (4, Funny)

Dareth (47614) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783228)

Fear, long time (relative) slashdotter gets a girl, starts a family and then time stops!

Great! Just Great!

My daughter is due early May 2008... not sure what would be worse.. my wife stuck forever pregnant, baby (diapers), or her as a teenager!

You'd never know (2, Interesting)

MultisSanguinisFluit (608373) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783254)

Assuming a Platonistic perspective (that there is this "thing" out there called time), then we would never be able to observe time slowing down. The slow down would never affect us in the least. All chemical reactions, all of your neural activity... everything... would slow down at the same rate. That may have been a badly worded statement, or I'm taking too literal an interpretation of it.

less work! (1)

DriveDog (822962) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783260)

If we have less we should spend it more wisely www.fivedayweekend.org

A big stretch (2, Interesting)

prelelat (201821) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783326)

Maybe this isn't a sign that time is collapsing or that it will collapse at some point in the far off future. Maybe Space and time are being stretched. There may be finite amount of space and it keeps getting spread thinner, which could effect gravitational forces and then effect time. Somewhat how a black hole can slow time around it, maybe the spreading of the universe is in effect increasing the speed in the spread thin areas. Of course what does that mean when Space and time get spread to thin, so we get tears or does it collapse? Seems devastating either way.

Then again I only took one entry level university class on the whole thing so I don't think that qualifies me. I just like to think of apposing theories :P

Run out of time? (4, Funny)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783348)

Cannot run out of time. There is infinite time. You are finite. Zathras is finite. This... is wrong tool. [rummaging] No, not good. Not good. No. No-- never use this!

Obligatory Babylon 5 quote (2, Funny)

GuruBuckaroo (833982) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783366)

Zathras: "Cannot run out of time. Time is infinite. You, are finite. Zathras if finite. This.... is wrong tool."

Re:Obligatory Babylon 5 quote (1)

GuruBuckaroo (833982) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783402)

Damn - beaten to the punch by seconds. I suppose I did run out of time.

Anyone else notice? (5, Funny)

springbox (853816) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783400)

I always seem to read Large Hadron Collider as "Large Hardon Collider." Not sure how that's related to science.

Re:Anyone else notice? (1)

Empiric (675968) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783600)

Well, you could conjecture about the subjective qualia that would persist for an individual should time stop in various, er, "states"...

Tempting Fate (1)

MichaelCrawford (610140) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783414)

From the Wikipedia article [wikipedia.org] linked in the post:

As with previous particle accelerators, people both inside and outside the physics community have voiced concern that the LHC might trigger one of several theoretical disasters capable of destroying the Earth or even the entire Universe. This has raised controversy as to whether any such risks outweigh the potential benefits of constructing and operating the LHC.

This reminds me that at the time of the first atomic bomb test, there was concern that it might cause fusion of hydrogen found in atmospheric water vaport. A chain reaction of that would cause the entire Earth's atmosphere to explode, thereby destroying all life on Earth.

I understand that one of the Manhattan Project scientists was taking bets on whether this would happen.

Re:Tempting Fate (1)

Junta (36770) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783570)

...destroying all life on Earth.I understand that one of the Manhattan Project scientists was taking bets on whether this would happen.
Well, that's pretty obvious which way to bet. I'll always bet the human species will not go extinct. If I'm wrong, go ahead and try to collect.

Failure of Context (4, Interesting)

DynaSoar (714234) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783448)

Being "frozen in time" would require a privileged frame of reference from which to observe this. Relativity precludes such a thing.

If time slows down, we slow down with it, and we don't notice because everything looks normal. This is precisely the gedankenexperiment of the moving train. If you can't handle the relativity, read some science fiction that uses it, such as Tau Zero (the ship can't stop accelerating and ends up crossing the entire universe and watching the big crunch and next big bang) or the Heechee stories (where the guy leaves the rest of his crew trapped around a black hole, and they're recovered decades later, havening spent weeks waiting).

To have an absolutely 0 tau would require a completely flat universe. As long as any matter and/or energy (dark or light) exists, this is impossible. The rate may approach 0 but cannot achieve it. Thus, there will always be duration, and we will experience it just as we do now.

Time could be speeding up and slowing down right now, like a lead foot motorist stuck in a traffic jam. We'd never notice because we're stuck in it, no matter what its rate is, like a passenger in said vehicle that can't see outside (minus the inertial effects, because we're talking the universe here, not a locally observable phenomenon).

The same argument applies to "the universe is expanding". We couldn't detect that either, because we're embedded in space time. We'd expand too. All we can see is the supposed effects of previous expansion, that of Hubble red shift. Try the dots-on-the-balloon experiment. The dots get farther apart. But the distance between them as measured by the size of a dot remains constant.

It's the same argument because time and space are integrated as space-time. It's essentially the inability to get outside a frame of reference known as "universe".

Whenever I see one of these goofy assertion articles, I hope for a summary of the math. These goofy results must be arrived at due to an error in assumption. Such an error, if considered to be a valid point, may be just the error that prevents us from integrating gravity with the other forces, and so illuminating and fixing that error could be a major step in theoretical physics.

time to buy a hybrid watch (1)

netsavior (627338) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783516)

one that runs on both time and electricity, so as you slow down it charges the backup battery and you can keep going through the magic of hybrid synergy drive!

What did McKay do this time?? (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783526)

Did he set off a TIME DILATION FIELD around us?

or did they star messing with the ANCIENT TIME-LOOP DEVICE again?

Frozen Time (1)

dark&stormynight (69479) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783538)

Mmmmmmmmm.....frozen time. With chocolate sprinkles.

Vinge's a genius (1)

Just Some Guy (3352) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783606)

We're moving out of the Slow Zone.

If there was ever a SF plot device I wished was true, that's was it.

Speed of light slowing down? (4, Interesting)

Trub68 (1140871) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783692)

I came accross this information. Seems if light is slowing down why not time? Australian physicist Barry Setterfield and mathematician Trevor Norman examined all of the available experimental measurements to date and have announced a discovery: the speed of light appears to have been slowing down over the years. [Roemer, 1657 (Io eclipse): +/- 307,600 5400 km/sec; Harvard, 1875 (same method): +/- 299,921 13 km/sec; NBS, 1983 (laser method): +/- 299,792.4586 0.0003 km/sec.] They all are approximately 186,000 miles/second; or about one foot/nanosecond.)3 While the margin of error improved over the years, the mean value has noticeably decreased. In fact, the bands of uncertainty hardly overlap. As you would expect, these findings are highly controversial, especially to the more traditional physicists. However, many who scoffed at the idea initially have subsequently begun to take a closer look at the possibilities. Alan Montgomery, the Canadian mathematician, has also analyzed the data statistically and has concluded that the decay of c, the velocity of light, has followed a cosecant-squared curve with a correlation coefficient of better than 99%.

Oops (1)

Dan Parker (966952) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783694)

"....a star moving away appears redder in colour than one moving towards us." Oh Dear. Another non-scientist tries to write about science and makes a boo-boo.

Let's all concentrate... (2, Funny)

Mantrid (250133) | more than 6 years ago | (#21783698)

Let's all concentrate on making a big red cloud around the world, then we can remove ourselves from this universe all together!
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