Faster-than-light travel: Future technology, or Star Trek pipedream?

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Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winner and one of the most important scientists in history, defined the physical limits of our universe when he presented his theory of general relativity over 100 years ago. Physicist and science fiction expert Sascha Vogel sums up a key tenet of Einstein’s work: “It is not possible to be faster than light.” In other words, a spaceship cannot accelerate to “faster than light” by itself. But maybe a trick of space-time will help? At the end of the first episode of the cult series “Star Trek,” broadcast in 1966, Captain Kirk gives the order to go to “warp one.” The …

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