The machine is a system to open a wormhole. A wormhole is a hypothetical way of space travel called an Einstein-Rosen Bridge, named after scientists Nathan Rosen and Albert Einstein. According to them, the wormhole should capable to unite two distant points in the universe, altering Space-Time Laws to cross from a point to another in a so brief period of time. The name wormhole was given after a comparative between the universe and an apple, with a worm moving inside. The same concept was used in Contact (1997) as well as Stargate (1994) and their TV series Stargate SG-1 (1997) and Stargate Universe (2009).
Dr. Rodney McKay:
I think I chipped a tooth. Did I chip a tooth? Am I bleeding? Because I am at high risk of enterocarditis.
Elizabeth Weir is supposed to be an American, yet pronounces everything the way that a Canadian would.
This is most noticeable with the word "been" which she overemphasizes in a manner that an American English speaker would not.