In a groundbreaking study, scientists have discovered evidence of time travel at a microscopic level. The research was conducted by Till Bohmer and Thomas Blochowicz, the lead authors of the study Time reversibility during the aging of materials, published in Nature Physics.
The study examines how time behaves in the structure of materials like glass, revealing that it does not behave in a strictly linear manner. Glass molecules consistently move to different locations, effectively reversing time on a molecular level. To test this concept, scattered laser light was used to observe the glass structures. The researchers witnessed the glass samples pushing and reforming into new arrangements. “The minuscule fluctuations in the molecules had to be documented using an ultra-sensitive video camera,” said Professor Blochowicz.
However, due to the way glass moves around internally, scientists cannot definitively determine if the changes are occurring forwards or backwards. Although it may not bring humans any closer to being able to travel in time, it will certainly alter the way we think about certain materials used daily.
In another study conducted in 2023, researchers challenged our understanding of the feasibility of time travel. Essentially, the research dismisses the concept of ever being able to travel back in time, suggesting that time in the universe is unidirectional due to a new study into light and its relationship with other objects.