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(Short List)   Scientists discover what light speed looks like. Still no cure for hibernation sickness   (shortlist.com) divider line 43
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2013-01-14 01:53:41 PM  
I knew all that Star Wars crap was fake.
 
2013-01-14 01:54:48 PM  
Well at least Star Trek got it right.
 
2013-01-14 01:55:21 PM  
The journal is published every year, and features original short papers written by students in the final year of their four-year Master of Physics degree

Damn. Suddenly taking three years to do my M.Sc. in chemistry doesn't look so bad.

/Wait, how is this a four year program when Pommy PhDs only take three?
//Is M.Phys. a more badass degree than M.Sc.?
 
2013-01-14 01:56:34 PM  
extra dimensional travel and/or warped space.
 
2013-01-14 02:01:16 PM  

Bondith: /Wait, how is this a four year program when Pommy PhDs only take three?


Keep in mind that this article was the product of a journalism major.
 
2013-01-14 02:01:39 PM  
Katie Dexter, 21, from Kettering, concluded: "Perhaps Disney should take the physical implications of such high speed travel into account in their forthcoming films."

Methinks that Katie Dexter from Kittering doesn't understand the concept of movies, most specifically 'special effects'. Pro tip Katie: Spaceships don't make noise when they fly, shoot or explode either, but Lucas put that in on purpose, knowing that people would find space battles boring if they were technically accurate(Read: silent).

As for this new paper, how come I knew this already? I'm pretty sure I read this years ago somewhere. I knew it was the most likely result somehow.
 
2013-01-14 02:08:55 PM  
Does it look like plaid?
 
2013-01-14 02:15:59 PM  
I thought it looked like a flashlight.
 
2013-01-14 02:17:04 PM  
This is a cool little game that shows what it would be like as well...

http://gamelab.mit.edu/games/a-slower-speed-of-light/
 
2013-01-14 02:17:24 PM  
Sorry, everyone knows that Hyperspace looks like this.
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-01-14 02:18:22 PM  
Just like regular speed, but with less flavor and calories?
 
2013-01-14 02:21:30 PM  

Mikey1969: Katie Dexter, 21, from Kettering, concluded: "Perhaps Disney should take the physical implications of such high speed travel into account in their forthcoming films."


Katie, this is why you don't get invited to any parties.

Just saying.
 
2013-01-14 02:21:50 PM  
University of Leicester students have calculated that - in reality - Han, Luke and Leia would not see the light from stars stretching past the ship as we are shown in the movies.

Horseshiat. They wouldn't film it if it weren't true
 
2013-01-14 02:21:53 PM  

TheOther: Just like regular speed, but with less flavor and calories?


No that's 'lite speed', not to be confused with 'speed lite' which is just regular speed that has been stomped on with dextrose.
 
2013-01-14 02:23:09 PM  

born_yesterday: Mikey1969: Katie Dexter, 21, from Kettering, concluded: "Perhaps Disney should take the physical implications of such high speed travel into account in their forthcoming films."

Katie, this is why you don't get invited to any parties.

Just saying.


What is with you guys and parties?
 
2013-01-14 02:27:00 PM  

moothemagiccow: born_yesterday: Mikey1969: Katie Dexter, 21, from Kettering, concluded: "Perhaps Disney should take the physical implications of such high speed travel into account in their forthcoming films."

Katie, this is why you don't get invited to any parties.

Just saying.

What is with you guys and parties?


Wait...there are parties??
 
2013-01-14 02:28:31 PM  

moothemagiccow: University of Leicester students have calculated that - in reality - Han, Luke and Leia would not see the light from stars stretching past the ship as we are shown in the movies.

Horseshiat. They wouldn't film it if it weren't true


HA! That's what they said about the moon 'landings'.
 
2013-01-14 02:33:46 PM  
I feel like you guys aren't even trying anymore...

img526.imageshack.us
 
2013-01-14 02:33:54 PM  

Grapple: Does it look like plaid?


That's ludicrous.
 
2013-01-14 02:36:17 PM  

TheOther: moothemagiccow: born_yesterday: Mikey1969: Katie Dexter, 21, from Kettering, concluded: "Perhaps Disney should take the physical implications of such high speed travel into account in their forthcoming films."

Katie, this is why you don't get invited to any parties.

Just saying.

What is with you guys and parties?

Wait...there are parties??


Sounds like you have controversial opinions on lightspeed graphics too
 
2013-01-14 02:40:20 PM  
Mad_Radhu:
Sorry, everyone knows that Hyperspace looks like this.
[images2.wikia.nocookie.net image 850x476]


Wow, that's some recklessly close capital ship maneuvering there.
 
2013-01-14 02:53:38 PM  
Hey look, it's another article on light-speed travel that insists on the standard, and impossible, idea of accellerating a massive object to the speed of light instead of using some sort of space-time warping technology. How terribly interesting.
 
2013-01-14 02:59:49 PM  
http://images.wikia.com/mlp/images/e/ed/Sonic_rainboom_S1E23.png
 
2013-01-14 03:17:37 PM  
Cool, when I die I get to see what light speed looks like.
 
2013-01-14 03:25:16 PM  
Flying the speed of light makes you and everything else dead when you bump into a single atom or photon, flying through hyperspace is anyone's guess because we don't even know if it actually exists.
 
2013-01-14 03:31:49 PM  
Jumping to and traveling through hyperspace, however, appears exactly as presented in the movies.
 
2013-01-14 03:51:26 PM  
www.duneinfo.com

Whar is 3rd Stage Guild Navigator? Whar?
Many machines on Ix.
 
2013-01-14 03:57:50 PM  
To experience what traveling at light speed might be like

A slower Speed of Light
 
2013-01-14 04:00:49 PM  
Want to see it in action? Tell a black guy you're pregnant.
 
2013-01-14 04:22:25 PM  
Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see.
 
2013-01-14 04:24:18 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net

All they needed was about $30, not three years of Masters studies.
 
2013-01-14 04:59:32 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: [www.duneinfo.com image 333x240]

Whar is 3rd Stage Guild Navigator? Whar?
Many machines on Ix.


better then the ones one Richesse ?
 
2013-01-14 05:52:42 PM  
I was really hoping that someone would have already covered that the Star Wars universe does not represent travelling through hyperspace like that, only entering and exiting. Nor is it ever said they are moving at light speed, but rather moving through hyperspace at speeds in excess of light speed depending on their hyperdrive multiplier (with lower numbers being faster than high ones).

I think Star Wars always represented hyperspace travel looking like a mottled gray background going past.

/not proud I know this
//am glad my girlfriend will never see this
 
2013-01-14 06:10:06 PM  

Mikey1969: Pro tip Katie: Spaceships don't make noise when they fly, shoot or explode either, but Lucas put that in on purpose, knowing that people would find space battles boring if they were technically accurate(Read: silent).


I had always assumed that the ship's CIC simply interpreted nearby relevant activity (ships flying by, explosions) into stereo surround sound in the cockpit in order to present full battlefield awareness to the crew using all of their senses. I didn't interpret it as sound waves travelling through space. Of course I was only 6 when the movie came out, so perhaps my assumptions were wrong.
 
2013-01-14 06:17:26 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: Mikey1969: Pro tip Katie: Spaceships don't make noise when they fly, shoot or explode either, but Lucas put that in on purpose, knowing that people would find space battles boring if they were technically accurate(Read: silent).

I had always assumed that the ship's CIC simply interpreted nearby relevant activity (ships flying by, explosions) into stereo surround sound in the cockpit in order to present full battlefield awareness to the crew using all of their senses. I didn't interpret it as sound waves travelling through space. Of course I was only 6 when the movie came out, so perhaps my assumptions were wrong.


There's a brief line in Mass Effect 3 where the Normandy's shuttle pilot mentions that he once disabled the "audio emulators" to just watch the warships drift by in silence..

A very subtle commentary on sound in space by Bioware.
 
2013-01-14 06:22:18 PM  

ThreadSinger: There's a brief line in Mass Effect 3 where the Normandy's shuttle pilot mentions that he once disabled the "audio emulators" to just watch the warships drift by in silence..


I'll never find out, since ME2 sucked so utterly badly that I won't be investing in ME3.
 
2013-01-14 06:33:01 PM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: [www.duneinfo.com image 333x240]

Whar is 3rd Stage Guild Navigator? Whar?
Many machines on Ix.


Faces of spice?
 
2013-01-14 06:45:22 PM  

ThrobblefootSpectre: Mikey1969: Pro tip Katie: Spaceships don't make noise when they fly, shoot or explode either, but Lucas put that in on purpose, knowing that people would find space battles boring if they were technically accurate(Read: silent).

I had always assumed that the ship's CIC simply interpreted nearby relevant activity (ships flying by, explosions) into stereo surround sound in the cockpit in order to present full battlefield awareness to the crew using all of their senses. I didn't interpret it as sound waves travelling through space. Of course I was only 6 when the movie came out, so perhaps my assumptions were wrong.


LOL, that's funny. I didn't think about it for years until I read an interview with Lucas. It probably only became a 'thing' when Alien came out, since the tagline was 'In space, no one can hear you scream...', and a bunch of people turned around and sai d'Hey, wait a munite...'. Since then, I've noticed it in movies, but I also understand how movies work, and can accept scientifically inaccurate stuff if it enhances the film watching experience.
 
2013-01-14 08:23:43 PM  
Strange how this was exactly as described in Frederik Pohl's Gateway series, or any of a number of other sci-fi classics. It's almost like you don't even need to have earned a degree to figure this out, but getting a degree at least helps you get on Fark.
 
2013-01-14 10:08:59 PM  

maltedmothball: Lt. Cheese Weasel: [www.duneinfo.com image 333x240]

Whar is 3rd Stage Guild Navigator? Whar?
Many machines on Ix.

better then the ones one Richesse ?


.... I see plans within plans...
 
2013-01-14 10:53:41 PM  
So, not one of these dorks knew that ships in Star Wars aren't traveling through normal spacetime? The stars don't smear out because they're going really fast, they smear out because the ship is tunneling into an alternate reality.

Sheesh, I thought physics students were nerds here.
 
2013-01-15 08:51:18 AM  

Mikey1969: Spaceships don't make noise when they fly, shoot or explode either, but Lucas put that in on purpose, knowing that people would find space battles boring if they were technically accurate(Read: silent).


Unless you're really good at filmmaking.
 
2013-01-15 11:57:42 AM  
So light speed is basically a near-death experience.
 
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