• Question: You know the show StarGate SG1? Is it possible that there could be a StarGate, in the future? Or, maybe one exists already, just like the show?

    Asked by shiniqua to Arlene, Colin, David, Eugene, Paul on 20 Nov 2012.
    • Photo: David McKeown

      David McKeown answered on 20 Nov 2012:

      There isn’t a real stargate, or at least nobody has told me about it. Teleportation of atoms has been done over small distances. Maybe as the technology improves something like a stargate might be possible

    • Photo: Colin Johnston

      Colin Johnston answered on 20 Nov 2012:

      Some scientists have claimed it may be possible one day to warp space creating a tunnel, a wormhole, to connect distant parts of the Universe. It seems utterly impossible to me, but then so was landing on the Moon for ancient Greeks.

    • Photo: Paul Higgins

      Paul Higgins answered on 21 Nov 2012:

      I did a project on wormholes in my undergrad. Theoretically there are tiny worm holes all around us (much smaller than a single atom). The problem with big worm holes like stargate or one that you could fit a spaceship through is that they are really unstable. As soon as you try to put something through them they will collapse, and that will be the end of you. There is a theory that you could use a “white-hole” (the opposite of a black hole) to give off loads of energy to keep the worm hole open. But, the problem with that is that you would probably be destroyed by the energy given off by the white hole. It is also possible that white-holes can’t actually exist…