Researchers at Cornell create a wrinkle in time

by editor on August 18, 2011

Science invents a cloak that can shield users from time?

Something tells us this story would have been good for that TV show “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!”. And not the lame remake with that former Superman actor. The cool one with Jack Palance.

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Talk about your wrinkles in time

Gizmodo revs this story up to 1.21 gigawatts for us:

Researchers at Cornell have designed, built and demonstrated the first “cloak” that hides events in time. The process relies on similar methods of distorting electromagnetic fields as invisibility cloaks, but it exploits a time-space duality in electromagnetic theory: diffraction and dispersion of light in space are mathematically equivalent. Scientists have used this theory to create a “time-lens [that] can, for example, magnify or compress in time”.

The time cloak takes two of those lenses and arranges them so that one compresses a beam of light while the other decompresses it. That leaves the beam seemingly unchanged, but the diffraction and dispersion actually “cloak” small events in the beam’s timeline. Right now, the cloak can only last for 120 nanoseconds, and the theoretical max for the current design measures just microseconds. But the prospect of being able to exist outside of time, even for just a few microseconds, should be enough to make even the most jaded tech nerd giggle at the possibilities.

A device that can compress or magnify time. Were not sure what that means exactly. But if it speeds up our journey to 01/20/13 we’re all for it.

– Written by Kip Hooker at TheVitaminPress.com

Source: gizmodo.com

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poppajoe49
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What I can’t understand is why you had to ruin news of a modern scientific breakthrough by posting a picture of an ancient Egyptian death mask!

Sidekick
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Wait just a minute. The same university that produced Keith Olbermann gave us this wizardry?

poppajoe49
Member

Proof that not everything in Cornell is a waste of time!

JPTravis
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And the illustration demonstrates time cloaking by making us all wish we hadn’t experienced the moment in time when we looked at it?

Did I guess right?

Not so silent
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No amount of cloaking could hide the ugly that is contained in that photo. On the upside that picture ought to be given to ever inmate when they arrive in prison to serve their sentence. Hang it in the cell like a picture of Obungles. I believe the program could be called “scared straight”…..I bet it works better than the program we have now. The recidivism rate would drop dramatically….

KimmyQueen
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When I read this, I started imagining that this picture could be passed around to (radical) Muslims as an example of the virgins that await them in Hell… I mean their Paradise.

chainsaw
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Navyvet
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I dont know exactly what you are talking about in this article but all the clocks in the room stopped when the picture came up.

tommy
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Why would you put a picture of the wife of Mr. Palpatine (Darth Sidious) of Star Wars, the Dark Lord of the Sith who initiates and manipulates the world – here on this fine blog site?

KimmyQueen
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Don’t let the lipstick fool you, THAT IS Darth Sidious!

chainsaw
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OK, so you used your little time warp thingy to go back in time and take a picture of Medusa; that’s very clever of you…now please don’t do that again.

KimmyQueen
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You people are cracking me up!

Jayhawk46
Member

Aww, man! I just ate breakfast!!!

Big Al
Member

They most likely got the idea from watching the Press who have been distorting reality with ink for decades.

whiskeyriver
Guest

Damn! The time warp thing works! When I saw that picture I warped back to the days of Golda Meir on television. The only difference is it looks like she got a facefilt.

KimmyQueen
Guest

That was deliciously mean and funny! 😀

Justin
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Jesus, but that isn’t a face I enjoy seeing first thing in the morning…
Kinda makes me think of that movie Click. The only problem with fast-forwarding time to 2013 is that Asshat-in-Chief would still muck things up, but we would just get there faster…

jim9101
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“Asshat-in-Chief” Great tag. That was worth the pain of having to see what’s her face’s picture in the article.

MGAP
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There’s an article to read up there? I couldn’t get past the picture of that ugly dude and went straight down here to the comments……

KimmyQueen
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I know! I am glad I haven’t had my lunch yet. Ugh! Gross!

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