Friday, September 23, 2011

Faster Than Light?

More than likely you heard the news yesterday: scientists at CERN have made the results of an experiment public – and those results seem to indicate that a beam of neutrinos traveled between two locations at a speed greater than the speed of light.

If verified, this is a remarkable result that turns much of modern physics on its head.  It's as if someone discovered that one plus one doesn't always equal two.

Probably in the end it will turn out there was some flaw in the experiment – but maybe not.  After all, it's a fine group of scientists who performed the experiment repeatedly, and got the same very unexpected results every time.  More here, here, and here...

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