No where does life seem to imitate art in the sci-fi world more than in the world of Star Trek ( flip phones, flat screen monitors, touch screens, etc etc). Granted we dont have transporters, warp drive, or artificial gravity yet but its fun to see things actually come into existence that were once pure flights of fancy.
Well for any wanna-be starship captains out there, tell your chief engineer to get his isolinear spanner ready. Your ship may be ready sooner than you thought. The point of this post is this short new article about real research being done to develop something analogous to impulse engines.
Obviously very preliminary stuff but still cool.