Saw it on Bill Nye the Science Guy.
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06/03/2011 01:48 PMPosted by RaiderLDI'm no scientist but I wonder if the future of travel will have anything to do with manipulating magnetic fields or somethin
Friction is caused by tiny particles exerting a reverse force on a moving body. Remove all those particles, you have no friction.
Unless, however, the very fabric of space can impede your progress. Once we get more intelegent and make Zero-Point Modules, that shouldn't be a problem. ZPMs suck energy out of a vacuum, remember all those tiny virtual particles. Those virtual particles, although weird exert SOME friction. Using a ZPM, we can suck energy out of space itself, preventing the formation of these particles.
Honestly, i think it is impossible to produce a PERFECT frictionless environment, just like we cannot achieve absolute zero, But that does not stop us from trying. You'll be amazed at just how close a group of scientists will get!
06/05/2012 01:18 PMPosted by HylozoistZero-point energy is really quite strange, but it's becoming (sort of) more understood... To the point where it's looking possible to be used as a really cool engine for long-range interstellar spacecraft.
06/05/2012 01:18 PMPosted by HylozoistIn fact, an Egyptian (I believe it was) woman recently filed a patent application for an engine based upon zero-point energy which uses the Casimir effect which had only very recently been demonstrated to exist.
Do you have a link? I'm sceptical. Very much so.
btw I thought Casimir effect was an attrative force between the two metal plates... which would make it impossible to move something with it...
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