NASA - Status of "Warp Drive"

Ever since Star Trek had started its journey where "no man has gone before", traveling faster than the speed of light, warp drives, warm holes, etc., all these techie terms have seeped into mainstream consciousness. Sound barrier was crossed many and many years ago by the inventive human beings that certainly had raised the hope of doing the same with speed of light. However, there are differences. The following article published in NASA's website gives a succinct but good explanation what's this difference and what are the obstacles human ingenious are facing in crossing this "impossibility". Here is an excerpt:

Ever since the sound barrier was broken, people have been asking: "Why can’t we break the light speed barrier too, what’s the big difference?" It is too soon to tell if the light barrier can be broken, but one thing is certain -- it’s a wholly different problem than breaking the sound barrier. The sound barrier was broken by an object that was made of matter, not sound. The atoms and molecules that make up matter are connected by electromagnetic fields, the same stuff that light is made of. In the case of the light speed barrier, the thing that’s trying to break the barrier is made up of the same stuff as the barrier itself. How can an object travel faster than that which links its atoms? Like we said, it’s a wholly different problem than breaking the sound barrier.

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NASA - Status of "Warp Drive"