What can't you change, Jim?

Have you ever sat on a commuter train or a congested motorway longing for someone to invent a real-life teleportation device? Or maybe you’ve spotted someone you longed to avoid and wished devoutly that you could become instantly invisible?

Well, according to a piece in today’s Guardian, some such innovations might be closer than we suspect.

The paper’s science correspondent James Randerson has compiled a round-up of the current scientific view of such subjects. It is based on the work of Professor Michio Kaku, of City University in New York, who he describes as “one of the world’s most distinguished physicists.” Read the full piece here…

Each one is assessed for its probability in the light of current scientific knowledge – with the phrase “the laws of physics” repeated so often that it’s a good job the author already referred to Star Trek in the piece and therefore spared me the painful necessity of making a cheap joke on the subject.

It’s a really interesting and a recommended read. To which I would add:

O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!

And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.