Friday Futures: time machine, dark matter and a real light sabre

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: a time machine; earth-like planet discovered; dark matter; CES; signals from space; Bermuda Triangle solved; particle accelerator on a chip and home made light sabre.

Did this Professor just invent a time machine?

Astrophysicist Ron Mallett believes he’s found a way to travel back in time — theoretically. The tenured University of Connecticut physics professor recently told CNN that he’s written a scientific equation that could serve as the foundation for an actual time machine. Read more…

NASA found an earth-like planet in the habitable zone

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star’s habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be just right to allow the presence of liquid water on the surface. Read more…

The search for dark matter – progress to date

Here’s the Wired round up of cool stuff at CES

On Sunday night here in Vegas, the assembled tech press got to take a peek at some of the gadgets and apps launching this week. Here’s a collection of some of our favorite things we’ve seen so far. Read more…

Finally! Scientists lock on to repeating radio signal from space

While scientists have found and traced a few cosmic radio bursts over the years, the new repeating signal differed from all of them, upending our understanding of the mysterious transmissions. Read more…

Is this the answer to the Bermuda Triangle mystery?

Aliens definitely exist – and are probably here: UK Astronaut

On Sunday, The Observer published an interview with Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut. In it, she details everything from her childhood to her experience in space — as well as her firm belief that Earth isn’t the only source of life in the universe. Read more…

A particle accelerator – on a chip!

Particle accelerators are usually large. The Large Hadron Collider, for instance, is 17 miles in circumference. But now a team of scientists at Stanford have created a silicon chip that can act as a particle accelerator — and it’s only 30 micrometers long, about the width of a human hair. Read more…

Oh, and these guys made a light sabre – obviously

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos)

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