For centuries, the idea of time travel has captivated humans. However, until recently, it remained a work of fiction. That is, until scientists discovered evidence of time travel at a microscopic level. In a new study published in Nature Physics, Till Bohmer and Thomas Blochowicz from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany explored how time behaves in certain materials like glass.
Their research focused on time shuffling and revealed that time does not act in a strictly linear manner. The study investigated how the composition of materials changes over time. Glass molecules do not follow a traditional molecular structure, as they constantly fall into new places, causing time to effectively reverse on a molecular level within the glass.
To test this idea, glass structures were observed using scattered laser light, revealing how the glass samples pushed and reformed into new arrangements. Professor Blochowicz noted that the minuscule fluctuations in the molecules had to be documented using an ultra-sensitive video camera.
This movement within glass makes it impossible for scientists to determine whether the changes are occurring forwards or backwards, challenging our understanding of the materials we use daily. While this discovery does not bring humanity any closer to actual time travel, it has significant implications for materials science and our perception of the world around us.
In addition to this finding, a new study released in 2023 addressed the concept of time travel in the universe. The research discredits the possibility of going back in time, stating that time can only move in one direction. Such discoveries are shifting the way we perceive time and the universe and challenging long-held beliefs about the nature of our reality.
Overall, these studies highlight the complexities and mysteries surrounding our understanding of time and its relationship with materials science and our perception of reality.