A breakthrough in space warp-based propulsion appears to have been made by a physicist in Omaha and his team–using a DIY-made apparatus built in his garage.

University of Nebraska at Omaha professor David Pares has built, and apparently demonstrated, a device that appears to compress the very fabric of space-time, of which is considered the holy grail of sci-fi faster-than-light propulsion methods, such as Star Trek’s warp drive. Using observations made by pilot Bruce Gernon’s encounter with an unexplained meteorological phenomenon in the Bermuda Triangle in 1970, Pares set out to replicate the conditions of the odd storm, including an apparent propulsive effect on the aircraft, albeit at a smaller scale that could be replicated in a laboratory.

While the effects of the device are subtle, Pares has demonstrated that it is causing compression effects on a laser beam that was affected by the device’s electric field, such as a red-shift in the beam’s wavelength. The device has also been able to generate movement in a 3.5lb weight, and can apparently cause movement in other, non-magnetic objects.

Despite his apparent success with the device, Pares isn’t optimistic about the scientific community taking notice of his work. “If NASA did what we did and had the measurements we have today, they’d be parading them around and getting the Nobel prize in Physics.”