H.G. Wells is spinning in his grave right now ... laughing, probably.
When someone announces they've discovered a means with which to travel through time, you would imagine that it would be an internationally covered event. And that's exactly what happened when Tehrani scientist Ali Razeghi announced he had invented what he called the Aryayek Time Traveling Machine. In fact, the only country trying to keep it under wraps is the country the scientist is from -- Iran.
Is this a government conspiracy? Is Iran trying to prevent someone from stealing its hot new super science? Is this the day that Iran steps onto the international stage as the great global leader in technology?
What's actually happened is that Fars News Agency, who originally reported the story, was trying to cover it up because it had the exact opposite effect of what Razeghi hoped -- it managed to make Iran look like it was living in the past, not the future.
First of all, what Razeghi has supposedly been working on since he was 17 is not, on its best day, even approaching a time machine. What does it it do? Razeghi claims it "satisfies all the needs of human society" and "fits into the size of a personal computer case and can predict details of the next 5-8 years of the life of its users."
Most notably, though, Razeghi has not launched his grand prototype for fear "that the Chinese will steal the idea and produce it in millions overnight."
Is it any wonder that Iranian news would want to cover this up? All that talk and it turns out that, yes, according to my phone, there is indeed already an app for that -- it's called Magic 8 Ball.