The Scotsman reports that a new gravity-causing electromagnetic drive is to be developed, which if pushed far enough flips the driven vessel into a kind of hyperspace, allowing — in theory, of course — an 80-day trip to Proxima Centauri.
The whole concept sounds uncannily like the “wedge” space-drive used in SciFi author David Weber’s “Honorverse” series, complete with a hyperspace mode. The only obvious difference is that Weber’s hyper-drive leaves you in hyper if it shuts down, but this one (in theory, remember?) kicks you back into normal space. Also, I imagine we’ll be a fair while working up to building eight-megatonne warships which can hit an evading opponent with a beam at a million kilometers even if all of this does work out anything like the theory predicts.