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Physicist developing time machine to save father

By T.K. Randall
June 23, 2009 · Comment icon 29 comments

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Physicist Ronald Mallett has devised what he believes to be a method for travelling through time by opening a "time tunnel" through the use of criss-crossing lasers creating a gravitational swirl in time and space.
For some, the idea of time travel is about fantasy. For others it's science. But for Ronald Mallett, it was love -- a son's love for his father. You might even call it his lifelong mission."

Source: ABC News | Comments (29)

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Comment icon #20 Posted by Larving 15 years ago
No one truly knows how time travel will work, it's all speculation and theory; your guess is as good as mine. However, I think this research is wonderful, because it might lead to other discoveries. I definately agree with the last part. While I have very little hope that this machine will be able to do what it was created to do, its failure could very well lead to other advancements.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Warbringer 15 years ago
I think it is silly how people expect to go back in time, change something; then return to the future to see that the future has changed.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Harriet C. 15 years ago
" But for Ronald Mallett, it was love -- a son's love for his father. You might even call it his lifelong mission." *sings* The things we do for love...
Comment icon #23 Posted by Dannydeman 15 years ago
Guys, you have it all wrong! The machine can only send INFORMATION to the past. Just one atom at the moment. However, Dr. Mallet hopes that the moment he turns the machine on he receives information from the future. it might be possible he figures out to send more information to the past in the future. The Dr. Mallet in the 'now' will receive this messages the moment the machine goes on. It's very possible.
Comment icon #24 Posted by lilmcnessy 15 years ago
No one would really know if it works because when he enters he might of just vaporized himself. Then people will want to try it out then vaporise themselves
Comment icon #25 Posted by Wallydraigle 15 years ago
I once lasered a moose with both 532nm and 405nm photons, simultaneously. There was no time travel, but as far as I know, no one else in the world has ever done that.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Juicebox 15 years ago
Yall should go on down and see the scientist, maybe you'll prove him wrong with your preconcieved notions on whats possible or not. I love how everyone on this site is an expert in the field of Astronomy,Physics,ETC. You are like my brother, you hear something on the internet and base facts off of it. If a scientist thinks he has a way to manipulate time, it's most likely a theory 10x more complex then any of you could understand. If it's possible it's possible and everyone of you are gonna want to use it..if it doesnt, then it doesnt. Open your mind.
Comment icon #27 Posted by wolemrock 15 years ago
if this experiment will work, it is not cool, it's chaotic, people will keep comming back in time to change events, yes, it may sound so positively for some people, we could prevent wars, save lives, etc... but maybee it could also start a new war which will be the first step to the extinction of man.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Nikki Hearts 15 years ago
Maybe it is impossible to built a time machine,but it is really sweet of the son to try and save the father. But he does actually built the time machine and goes back to save his father, wouldn't the future change? Like since his father wouldn't have died then he wouldn't have a reason to built a time machine.
Comment icon #29 Posted by W Kein 15 years ago
Didn't Wheeler think that all observations made on the quantum level change this reality, not an "alternate dimension" next door? Would this apply to sending info backwards in time?

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