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Old 05-29-2019, 04:35 PM   #11
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How is it like Star Trek?
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Old 05-29-2019, 07:04 PM   #12
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Miniturized FtL engines.

FtL communications

Cyberwarfare

Nanotechnology

Ways to block any of above

Pilotless FtL ships

Other Universes: Most scenarios involving FtL rationalize it by some sort of primitive bend in space time. It follows that this would tell any scientist that such things are actually possible and therefore it is possible to learn more about such.

Biology of newly discovered planets.

The Book of the Elders (Oh what the heck).

Alien archeology
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Old 06-01-2019, 03:09 PM   #13
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Studying a creature that resides in hyperspace?
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Old 06-01-2019, 05:55 PM   #14
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Studying a creature that resides in hyperspace?
Get eaten by a creature that resides in hyperspace?
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Old 06-01-2019, 06:08 PM   #15
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If you want to be tongue in cheek about it, they could either be investigating why FTL doesn't result in time travel, or trying to make time travel work*
There are a few physicists who disagree with the inherent time travel aspect of potential FTL, noting that all current effects measured only slow down felt/perceived time, so there is some already extant privileged frame tied to time's arrow.

They're a minority... but most of the "big things" in physics were debatable for decades.

It's also worth noting that a recent theory says "nothing has ever entered a black hole" - because as they approach, local gravity slows local time to nil vs the reference frame including one or more stars. This also neatly avoids the information paradox; it's all frozen at the boundary.

So, in an FTL allowed universe - one might be trying to devise an FTL probe to see the other side of the information horizon of a black hole, and checking to see if it's the same as the event horizon...
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:16 AM   #16
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To quote Mark Millar's "Superman - Red Son":

"Jordan Luth-1938: Pioneering necronaut and first man to set foot in the afterlife"...
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Old 06-02-2019, 01:07 PM   #17
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What is information horizon?
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Old 06-02-2019, 01:56 PM   #18
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What is information horizon?
The point at which all information is lost to the outside frame; it is similar to, but not the same as, the event horizon.

Since gravity is a warping of spacetime, it's theoretically possible that the information horizon may be inside the event horizon; I've heard one physicist/professor state such, while another has claimed it to actually be just outside the event horizon, as redshifting sufficiently essentially erases information by making it unrecoverable; the photons too few and too weak to detect in the outside frame.

Either way, it's the point where, without FTL, you cannot possibly actually know what's happening.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:36 PM   #19
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How is it different than the event horizon?
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:19 PM   #20
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How is it different than the event horizon?
in subtle ways that I can't explain better than I already have.

There are several different horizons for supermassive objects... one of which is the point where no light escapes, another is the point where tidal force breaks solids, another yet where atoms dissociate from molecules due to tidal force.... and one theoretical one where no information can escape. Not all information is carried by photons.
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