sal gentile

Comedian, writer, producer. I perform at the UCB Theatre in New York. I work at Late Night with Seth Meyers, also in New York. Formerly: Up Late with Alec Baldwin, Up w/ Chris Hayes, PBS, Current TV.

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July 25, 2011 at 4:42pm

Time travel really taking one on the chin today

First, China bans it:

Upset over a booming genre of movies and TV where Chinese citizens travel to a simpler time in the past, the government has put the kibosh on all forms of entertainment that make use of the plot device. “The time-travel drama is becoming a hot theme for TV and films,” said authorities, “but its content and the exaggerated performance style are questionable. Many stories are totally made-up and are made to strain for an effect of novelty. The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore.”

Then scientists disprove it altogether:

Hong Kong physicists say they have proved that a single photon obeys Einstein’s theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light — demonstrating that outside science fiction, time travel is impossible.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology research team led by Du Shengwang said they had proved that a single photon, or unit of light, “obeys the traffic law of the universe.”

Do we trust science, or continue to believe in the possibility of time travel? It’s a sophie’s choice for nerds.


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