Indistinguishable – 09/14/2023

And there we have it!

Oh, it's no big deal. Claire just invented a way to break the laws of physics.

Or, well, find a loophole in the law and exploit it. Matter cannot be destroyed, but it can be converted into energy and energy can be converted into matter. It's an extremely inefficient process for something like this, at least based on our current understanding of physics, but...Claire figured it out. This might be the most "impossible sci-fi tech" thing in the comic, at least things that aren't affected by magic, but I actually don't think it's *too* impossible to be invented someday.

Gonna go out on a limb here and say that device she has might be worth more than that crate full of bullion.

4 thoughts on “Indistinguishable – 09/14/2023

  1. First, the physics it right up there with Q-continuum powers from Star Trek TNG- not going to happen with anything less.
    Second, this will cause as many side issues from other uses as “Transporters” did to Original Trek when fans discuss.
    Third, a simpler explanation is- the SAME tech which makes giant mech available would provide a small fold out forklift to the back of the bike with has unexpectedly heavy suspension. Fewer side problems and does not involve making your character a mental clone of Reed Richards.

  2. There is a small misunderstanding here. It would still weigh 550 kg. While matter can be destroyed (converted into other forms of energy), mass is an intrinsic property of energy and cannot be destroyed. The mass doesn’t go away no matter what form the energy is in. A crate weighing 550 kg contains 4.943 x 10^19 Jules of energy in the form of matter ( consisting of: particles, interactions between particles and fields, etc). After Claire converts the matter in the crate into pure energy (while somehow keeping it constrained to a shape the same size as the crate), that shape would still have 4.943 x 10^19 Jules of energy which has a mass of 550 kg. That shape would still be just as heavy.

    For example: Light is called “massless” because it has no “rest mass”, however photons of light still have momentum and energy (and hence mass) that can be indirectly measured by their interactions with other particles. If you could make a box lined with perfect mirrors, and make it unimaginably strong, and fill it with 8.988 × 10^16 Joules of photons (light), it would weigh 1 kg more than it did when empty. Another example: Light falling into a black hole increases the mass of the black hole, even though it isn’t converted into matter.

  3. Hmm, if you could convert mass to energy and back, I’d suppose you could just make the precious metals instead of carrying them around?

    1. It’s entirely possible that possibility hasn’t yet occurred to her, or anyone else for that matter. (Given that she’s the only one who knows exactly how it works, if she even really does.)

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