Live life with no regrets, they say, and now you may not have to. Because scientists in Moscow have legitimately just reversed time and the possibilities of what this might mean for the future (or the past?) are pretty damn overwhelming.
Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have seemingly just done the impossible, turning back time with the help of a quantum computer. The so-called 'time machine' has successfully moved small particles a fraction of a second into the past, in a development that appears to go against our understanding of the basic laws of physics.
The groundbreaking scientists used an analogy of a game of pool to illustrate the development, comparing the particles to the balls that you 'break' at the beginning of the game. Once the balls are broken, they disperse around the pool table, but what the researchers have done is to effectively reform them back to their original triangle, as if time had been reversed.
Mind boggling (quite literally, for anyone who hasn't studied quantum physics 🙋♀️.)
Dr Gordey Lesovik, who led the research, said: "We have artificially created a state that evolves in a direction opposite to that of the thermodynamic arrow of time."
Okay, so you might have had images of science now allowing you to undo awkward drunken conversations with your ex, but we've still got a while to go yet before researchers work out how to navigate that scenario. Still, this is a pretty huge development nonetheless, and may open the gateway to further research and breakthroughs relating to time travel.
If we do get to the point where we can freely travel in time machines, could I please put in a polite request to go back to a time before John Krasinki met and married Emily Blunt, so I could put myself forward for the role instead? Thank you kindly.