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Is warp speed possible?

Star Trek Into Darkness hit the big screen this week, taking moviegoers back to a science fiction universe where starships are capable of warp speed, crossing light years of interstellar space in minutes. But is that scientifically possible? And if so, how?

CBC Radio's science columnist Torah Kachur has the answer

Star Trek's starships are capable of warp speed, allowing them to cross light years of interstellar space in minutes. (Luke MacGregor/Reuters)

Star Trek Into Darkness hit the big screen this week, taking moviegoers back to a science fiction universe where starships are capable of warp speed, crossing light years of interstellar space in minutes to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Based on current scientific theory, will that ever be possible? And if so, how? CBC Radio's science columnist Torah Kachur delves into theoretical physics to find the answers to those questions.