Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time travel-- Impossible or impossible for now?

We've all watched sci-fi shows and movies with time travel where something is either sent backwards in time or forward into the future. In various shows, a person is usually the one going back and forth (usually with the aid of some kind of device). The idea is based on Einstein's general theory of relativity, suggesting that time slows down for objects moving at high speeds. it also suggests that space and time get pulled out of shape near an accelerated or rotating object.

In the 1920s and 1930s, scientists that an infinitely long cylinder spinning at speeds close to the speed of light could be used to warp space-time. Many experiments have been done, including one by Carrol Alley who synchronized two atomic clocks and put one on an airplane. The one on the plane became microseconds behind the one on ground, suggesting that perhaps time had slowed with the speed of the plane.

And in 2001, Ronald Mallet theorized that the gravitational field produced by a laser beam could be manipulated to allow time travel. Wormholes have also been theorized to perhaps allow instant travel from one point to another (whether it's to one point in time to another or one dimension to another).

However, physicists at Hong Kong have recently demonstrated that a photon cannot be accelerated beyond the speed of light, implying that time travel is impossible at least in one area. The research team, working to Einstein's special theory of relativity (that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light) showed that this is true.

What do you think? Do you think time travel is possible through other means? If you could go back in time, where would you go? Or would you go into the future?

Read the article here.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Research- When Paranormal Meets Science

I do a lot of research while I write. Yes, with paranormal, the lines blur and I do take that tactic when I can't explain some things, but, a lot of the times, I'm trying to combine the supernatural with science. Maybe it's because of my biology degree, but I can't just not try to explain why something may occur.

Sometimes, you just can't explain something.

But, just because something can't be explained now doesn't mean it won't ever be explained. Some things, we just don't have the knowledge or technology to use. Every day science and technology is growing. For example in January, scientists came closer to creating a cloak of invisibility. We're constantly hearing about medical discoveries like creating blood from stem cells.

So to close our minds off from things that don't make sense at the moment doesn't make sense. We may not understand it now, but we may in the future. I love thinking outside the figurative box. I like exploring the unknown and seeing what can be done. And it's this that influences my books, Fatal Visions in particular.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Exciting news!

I haven't posted in a few weeks. I've was away at the RWA conference a few weeks ago. But more than that, have you heard? I'm going to be a Carina author! Carina has offered a contract for Fatal Visions!