However, I will say that this is the last round of Future Fellowships, removing the opportunity for mid-career researchers to focus on, well, research. This will leave a hole in research efforts in Australia.
Anyway, some stories never die, especially of it's about warp drives. A couple of years ago, my new PhD student, Brendan McMonigal, and I wrote a cool paper called "The Alcubierre warp drive: On the matter of matter". I've written about this before, but we showed that as the warp drive accelerates, it starts to gather up particles and radiation, and this is released in a burst as it decelerates, frying all your relatives who have come to meet you.
If you think you have seen Brendan recently, you're probably correct.
Anyway, we receive a steady stream of requests for comments on the paper, especially for inclusion in news stories. And here's another.
The computational problem is that we need to follow the path of a particle in 4-D space-time, and to do this we use the Geodesic Equation. This looks like this
Anyway, you can read more about this in the article. But the point I want to make is the catch-cry of rating modern science is impact. One form of impact is easy to measure - it is citations to your work by other scientists. The harder one to quantify is "societal impact", and that is the broader impact your results have (things like science appearing in the press, or leading to a technological spin-off etc).
This is why I am happy that this story happily keeps bumbling along, with each new article highlighting our work and the science being done at the University of Sydney. It might not change the world, but at it is, at least, blooming interesting :)