PRLog - Feb. 4, 2014 - Two things are becoming very apparent. You don't bet against Marshall Barnes and if he says something, you should take it very seriously. Stephen Hawking found out the first one when he ignored Marshall's challenge against his position that the Higgs Boson would not be found. Everyone knows how that turned out and now Marshall has bragging rights on that forever. Ronald Mallett discovered the other when Marshall predicted that he would beat Mallett in a race to build he first time machine by the end of 2013. Marshall got it done before Thanksgiving last year - with more than a month to spare.
The cover of Marshall's Paradox Lost report
So when Marshall proclaimed recently on New Year's Eve that 2014 would be the Year of the Time Machine, few may have paused but clearly his prediction has already come true. His own activities aside, 2014 will see three motion pictures that will deal with time travel in some fashion. Dean Israelite's movie, Welcome to Yesterday (see http://welcometoyesterday.com ) will be released February 28th, the end of the week that Marshall will be making his second trip in as many months to Washington D.C. to meet directly with representatives of Congress on his special report on time travel, Paradox Lost. This is especially timely as in Dean's movie, teenagers find the plans for making a time machine that is part of a secret Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project. The other two movies that are due out this year are Edge of Tomorrow in June with Tom Cruise and Interstellar in November.
Speaking of teenagers, youth not too much older were involved with a project to find time traveler's on the Internet under the direction of Michigan Technology University professor, Robert Nimeroff. They didn't find any but Nimeroff said that their study still doesn't rule out the possibility that there are time travelers out there. Marshall doesn't think much of their methodolgy, however, or Nimeroff's expertise, and plans on writing a rebuttal paper to theirs. The experiment is making international news nonetheless.
One of the biggest time machine surprises was the winner of the Doritos Super Bowl commercial contest, an ad that features a kid wth a big cardboard box fake time machine that he uses to trick an unsuspecting neighbor out of his bag of Doritos, in a classic Dennis the Menace style. The creator of the spot won $1,000,000.
Aside from Marshall's progress with his own research, there's no telling what the rest of the year will hold, but there'll be no surprise if more time machine related events take place.