For centuries, humans have been fascinated by the concept of time travel. While it has remained a work of fiction until now, scientists have discovered evidence that supports the idea at a microscopic level. In a new study published in Nature Physics, researchers Till Bohmer and Thomas Blochowicz from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany investigated how time behaves in certain materials, such as glass.
Their research revealed that time does not act in a strictly linear manner. Glass molecules do not follow a traditional molecular structure and constantly fall into new places, effectively causing time to reverse on a molecular level within the glass. To test this idea, glass structures were observed using scattered laser light, revealing how they 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 changes are occurring forwards or backwards, challenging our understanding of these materials we use daily. Although this discovery does not bring us 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 study, another research released in 2023 addresses the concept of time travel in the universe. The study discredits the possibility of going back in time, stating that time can only move in one direction. Such discoveries are shifting our perception of time and challenging long-held beliefs about the nature of our reality.
Overall, these studies highlight that while we may be fascinated with the notion of time travel, there is still much to learn about how time behaves at both a microscopic and cosmic level.