“Good evening, this is Steve Brockmier with KTNR nightly news. Early this morning Sojourners Inc. released a press statement proclaiming extraordinary advancements in their theoretical physics department. Sojourners Inc. public relations representative, Lindy Wallen, said astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson; theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Dr. Stephen Hawking; theoretical physicists Dr. Michio Kaku; astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio; and theoretical physicists Dr. John Henry Schwarz have taken the time to verify these claims as fact. Several experiments have been completed with ‘extremely satisfying and successful results.’ The United States Government and military have taken action in making strong attempts at cornering every marketable avenue in an attempt to fully control and monopolize the situation. Against their wishes and ‘strong suggestions’ at keeping this news in a low profile, it has gone viral on the Internet the world over and shows no signs of slowing. Ladies and gentlemen, Sojourners Inc. has discovered time travel.”
The large flat screen turned off, the lights brightened, and the four members of team Sojourner sat in silence as Dr. Mike Stockard, Sojourner’s CEO, cleared his throat before speaking. “The military is curious to know when this project will be going large scale and active. Of course, they are looking at this from a weapons standpoint and how to create a ‘safer society’ for the United States; however, we all know they want the latest and most advanced weaponry over the next guy. I am curious as to how far this team has come as well. Carl?”
Carl Bradford, team Sojourner’s nominated leader, spoke with the authority of someone knowledgeable and fluent in his field, “Mike, we have been traversing the first of a great many doors. To even remotely rush any step of this project could not only jeopardize history as we know it, but also open Pandora’s Box in a way that might alter our future from its destined path. We have no idea of what will happen on a larger scale. We have no idea what the affect will be if we proceed without thoroughly examining every single step in triplicate. Thirty-days ago Brad Trexton discovered time travel using the smallest known particle known to science at this time – quarks.”
Quarks are believed to be among the fundamental constituents of matter within the nuclei of protons and neutrons. Two cell nuclei – quarks – are collided together using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) just outside Geneva, Switzerland. This high energy head-on collision, which creates temperatures upwards of 4 trillion degrees Celsius, generates a “fireball effect” and produces an instant residue, which is then collected and analyzed.
The residue is then reunited with the original cells and given a very small electrical current. “We had already tested several types of proteins and enzymes: plant, animal, fish, sea urchin, dirt, cooled magma, and many others before moving on to the human genome. Upon reaching the pancreas and the enzyme Protease, which breaks down proteins and helps keep the intestine free of parasites such as bacteria, yeast, and protozoa, we found a reaction after the electrical current went through the cell. At first nothing occurred, which we were ready for; however, at three minutes and 17 seconds a reaction began taking place. Brad? Would you like to take it from here since you are the one who actually found the correct enzyme?”
Brad began, “This cannot be seen by the physical eye, but by the super computers giving us a visual of the explosion. Remnants of the chemical reaction are introduced back into the host cells, and from there the proteins or enzymes were tested with the electrical current. Quite frankly, it is beyond belief we had such incredible results. It is equivalent to finding a specific marble within 10 million exact marbles with one pull.” Before continuing, he noticed Dr. Stockard looking confused and inquired as to what needed more detail.
“Yes, Dr. Stockard, the nuclei came from human cells and the trace elements from the collision were re-inserted into the host cells. How many cells have been tested so far, you ask?” Brad looked over to Niklas Adler, the only German and astrophysicist member of the team, and unarguably the smartest, then nodded for him to take over. “Thousands of tests were performed,” he said. “After the residue is reunited with the cell then combined with the Protease enzyme and the electrical current introduced, it created what is called the double-slit experiment. Also called ‘Young’s experiment,’ it states that matter and energy can display characteristics of both light waves and particles.
At three minutes and 17 seconds the transformation instantly took place and the cell simply shimmered and dissolved, which caused the cell to immediately transfer into time, yet maintain the physical illusion. From there we took the cells and used electron microscopes to watch the reactions from the enzymes and electrical current. Brad had no idea what had actually transpired and figured the enzyme vaporized it – for a lack of better word, but not so. The cell dissolved into time, not substance. Using the electron microscope, he began filtering the process through several types of light in hopes of seeing anything. Only with the combination of ultraviolet and the indigo light wave would the actual results be seen. It was astonishing. The cell was visible as though it was there, but it was not physical anymore. It is in time, but not place – in a type of suspended-time animation. It moves and acts like a cell, and even grows and changes as a cell should, although, it eludes time, aging, and degradation.
Dr. Stockard looked even more puzzled over the present tense usage concerning the cells and its known reactions. “You said ‘it is in time’ and a ‘type of suspended-time animation.’ These cells are still in existence and not aging? How is that possible? Everything degrades.” Niklas continued, “This is true. When the quarks are collided and the residue created, and then the enzyme and electrical current introduced into the cell, it was the right combination for reaction. This is the ‘recipe’ for time travel. Over the last 30 days several physicists have verified our findings and agree that we must tread very carefully, for the ramifications can literally be deadly.”
Dr. Stockard looked at Suzanne and asked her what she thought about the aspect of time travel. “Honestly, it is scary. While I am not the astrophysicist, I am well-studied in the field.” She thought for a moment on how to continue, and then proceeded. “Have you heard of the law of causality?” Dr. Stockard said he had studied in it, but not in depth. Suzanne went on, “The law of causality is basically cause and effect. It states that one action or event causes another and another and another. Imagine driving on a street and coming to a T in the road. If you turn left it has a completely different set of ’cause and effect’ circumstances than had you turned right.” “I understand,” the CEO said. She continued, “Time travel is possible and has been proven by the leading scientists of the world; however, it is impossible to physically notice the difference since that difference is in the billionths of a second. This, on the other hand, is much different. We see the cell there and its movement as though it was physically there – it is even dividing and multiplying, and the new reproduced cells are in time as well.”
The CEO raised his hand for her to stop, “You are telling me these cells are reproducing… in time? Thousands of cells have been experimented with? How do you intend on controlling this from a serious outbreak? How large has it become?” Dr. Stockard had become visibly apprehensive from this discovery and was considering the dire repercussions. Niklas spoke once again. “Mike, do not be alarmed. These cells are of no harm or concern to anyone. They cannot and do not intermingle with other cells.”
When Brad discovered the ‘recipe’ for time travel using the cells, we found advancement nearly unstoppable. Every cell we tested on with the recipe worked. Therefore, we decided to take it a step further and use blood samples from animals. This turned out to be even more lucrative of testing and results. Entire bags of animal and… human blood… simply vanished. We went through so much enzyme proportions that we had to create a synthetic. This synthetic has been better than any of us could have hoped. We have been able to send full grown cells back 30 days and they remain there. Upon more studies, we might be able to go back further and further in time, until…”
Dr. Stockard did not see the victory Niklas possessed, but wanted to know precisely who this was tested on and why he was not notified. His apprehension also increased at the wording “human blood.” Suzanne stood up and approached the CEO. “We hope you understand the complication if any of this gets out into the open. It’s one thing to say we have just opened the door to time travel and another entirely that we have been testing on humans. The implications are enormous. Think of those who would wish to misuse this and change the world as we know it. We could not tell you how far we had come, because you needed to be able to say you had no idea and sincerely mean it. The world had to believe you.” Dr. Stockard began pacing the room, then asked, “Who was this tested on? I want to know. This is my company and I must know what is going on inside it. Are there any side-effects of this?”
Viktor spoke once again, “Time travel is a fickle thing. There is a concept called the Grandfather Paradox, which goes like this. A person goes back in time and either on purpose or inadvertently kills his grandfather. This eliminates the gentlemen from having a son and a grandchild who goes back in time – preventing the time travel in the first place. There are far too many possibilities of what can and might happen, but the most important part is to not alter anything whatsoever. The problem with this is, the fact of even watching from a distance creates a different aspect of nature and the course it is taking. Maybe nothing is altered; however, if anything remotely big enough to cause a ripple effect took place, it would throw the course of the world into another path – in effect causing another universe, or alternate timeline parallel with this one here.”
The CEO then asked, “Where do these blood samples and items go when they are transported to another time? How do you know they have gone 30 days into the past? Do they stay there? What happens to them?”
Viktor looked happy to explain, but needed to keep his vocabulary to where the CEO could understand him. “At first, the cells merely transported into time itself. They grew and multiplied, but it was all still in time and not physical. They simply grow in a state that cannot interact with this world or affect it. Our first hypothesis was that the samples would simply remain in this netherworld, if you will. We know how cells react from birth to death. Therefore, when the cells vanished and reappeared, we could tell from their state that it had gone back 30 days. From there it has reproduced as though it had already – only it’s in time and not reality. What we realized was the more concentrated the synthetic enzyme and more electrical current, the further back in time the cells went. Unfortunately, we can only go back 30 days; however, we are positive to increase that dramatically and prove time travel will work effectively.
“One major issue we have to concern ourselves with is a time loop – or temporal loop. A temporal loop is created when traveling back in time. Upon reaching the original time of which the time traveler first went back in time, the loop is created. This is like a record playing the same segment over and over and over when the needle skips to replay the same portion of the song. Every bit of memory, history, and information created after the time travel is permanently erased to reproduce itself once again. In effect, this could go on throughout eternity and the world would never grow past the original point the time traveler first went back in time. The traveler himself would not even know what was happening. This is theory, of course, but definitely a possibility to be…
The door burst open and one of the other scientists half fell into the room looking panic stricken. With all attention on him, he stammered, “We have a problem! The original enzyme cells and the synthetic enzyme cells have merged together and are increasing – fast!”
All the scientists walked swiftly from the room while Brad asked the newcomer, “You mean the cells that are in time have merged? How is that possible? They have not been interacting with anything physical.” The frightened man said the cells have been growing exponentially and finally merged. When that happened, it was like pouring gasoline on a fire.
“All the cells seemed to explode! Everything just grew out of control! The only thing they have reacted to was one another.”
The group entered a large room full of men and women in lab coats scampering back and forth looking to somehow control the situation, but no one had a clue what to do. Dr. Stockard looked beyond angry at the confusion and demanded what was happening. Suzanne looked perplexed, as did the others, but moved forward with complete confidence into the mix of people. She began yelling commands at the different compartments of the lab for them to gain control of themselves and start handling this like professionals.
She yelled to Brad, “The cells have formed an extremely large mass and is expanding too rapidly to contain!”
In the center of the room, inside a large sealed multi-layered glass room for controlled experiments, could be seen a partially translucent growth that seemed to be doubling and tripling in size second after second. It began as a tiny substance, but within a minute was larger than a full grown man. After another minute it was the size of an elephant and nearly reaching the containment walls on the unit. People had already left the lab in fright, yet the physicists and CEO remained. Brad was at one control booth while Niklas and Carl took position at other stations – all attempting to gain control of a rapidly losing battle. Mark Stockard stood looking perplexed.
Niklas turned several knobs and forced liquid nitrogen into the experimental area, but to no avail. Carl tried a vacuum, and Brad forced a number of chemicals into the chamber that should have eroded the mass, but had no effect at all. Suzanne asked, “What about a large electrical shock?” No one knew what would happen since it was the electrical current that caused the reaction in the first place. She took a chance and turned the power up to max. It became eerily silent as the mass breached the containment walls and began spreading out into the room. She pushed the button.
“Good evening, this is Steve Brockmier with KTNR nightly news. Early this morning Sojourners Inc. released a press statement proclaiming extraordinary advancements in their theoretical physics department. Sojourners Inc. public relations representative, Lindy Wallen, said astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson; theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Dr. Stephen Hawking; theoretical physicists Dr. Michio Kaku; astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio; and theoretical physicists Dr. John Henry Schwarz have taken the time to verify these claims as fact. Several experiments have been completed with ‘extremely satisfying and successful results.’ The United States Government and military have taken action in making strong attempts at cornering every marketable avenue in an attempt to fully control and monopolize the situation. Against their wishes and ‘strong suggestions’ at keeping this news in a low profile, it has gone viral on the Internet the world over and shows no signs of slowing. Ladies and gentlemen, Sojourners Inc. has discovered time travel.”