Will we ever be able to control gravity? © iStock

Will we ever be able to control gravity?

Fancy flying? Humans are a far way off manipulating gravity.

Asked by: Carl Redgrove, Milton Keynes


The only hope of tailoring gravity to our needs lies with quantum vacuum effects, in which energy and particles and anti-particles appear out of nowhere. These are predicted to have anti-gravitational properties, and may already be propelling the expansion of the Universe in the form of ‘dark energy’. But as yet no-one has any idea how to generate and manipulate such effects to order.


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