Skip to comments.CERN scientists 'break the speed of light'
Posted on 09/22/2011 6:57:08 PM PDT by danielmryan
Scientists said on Thursday they recorded particles travelling faster than light - a finding that could overturn one of Einstein's fundamental laws of the universe.
Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the international group of researchers, said that measurements taken over three years showed neutrinos pumped from CERN near Geneva to Gran Sasso in Italy had arrived 60 nanoseconds quicker than light would have done.
"We have high confidence in our results. We have checked and rechecked for anything that could have distorted our measurements but we found nothing," he said. "We now want colleagues to check them independently."
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According to theory, those neutrinos should have had infinite mass at 100% of light speed. (Or, do neutrinos have mass? I dunno...) That they did not, obviously, means someone is going to have to do some hugh and series number crunching.
Something else to consider: If we can break light speed, that means that the stars, and all those fat juicy planets we can pillage, aren't as out of reach as we thought. I'm not saying to pack a bag, but...
How amateurish of them.
True professionals would say "the science is settled."
“protons are smaller than we thought they were”
I told my little brother for years that Roger Ramjet was a fraud, but he didn’t believe me.
I tend to believe that anything we can ‘imagine’ can become possible. It is what I believe God meant when he said we were created in his own ‘image’. That which he imagined, he made ‘real’. We have the same ‘power’. Most everything around you was a thought in someone’s mind, and eventually they made it ‘real’. Cars, plastic, your home, your glasses. All ‘created’ by man.
If our species exists long enough, I believe it is possible that we may find a way to travel distances now thought ‘impossible’. It may end up that our physical bodies cannot make the trip, but our ‘minds’ can.
Which would only indicate the human perception of the passage of time. I doubt the particles even notice.
Details, details. ;’)
Thanks for the ping. I would have posted on this development if someone else had not. Fascinating.
If they’d arrived *after* light, they’re called neutrinos — since they didn’t, they must be oldtrinos.
I had a friend whose family loved that model of Ford.
Nice segue’, maybe you don’t realize it yet, but your future self will.
I am willing to believe that yes, our souls are immortal and can reach places that even we cannot. But I believe that now, we’re simply in a setback from our true potential in terms of space travel. I think that it’s most certainly possible that we can build functioning stations on the moon, make trips to Mars, and so on, it’s all a matter of finding the right developments, which I don’t think are entirely impossible, I just feel that we are having setbacks right now, due to various issues on Earth that are holding us back. But I do feel, that there can be greater leaps made in the future to come.
A court even higher than the Supremes?
Thank you for the fond memories. Now that song will be reverberating through my head all night.
Isn’t human memory an amazing thing. I haven’t seen that cartoon since I was a kid, yet I know the song by heart.
All my science fiction story dreams come true.
Photons have no mass either, and are of course restrained by light speed.
If there are other 'similar' intelligent life forms on other 'habitable' planets, then maybe the setbacks are even part of God's plan.
Maybe we just aren't ready to encounter the other 'rooms' in God's house.
For the most part, the humans on this planet still act like spoiled children who hit other children for playing with their toys.
I’ve always wondered if that’s how angels traversed vast distances and time, i.e., by exploiting some quantum vector.
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