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23 September 2011 @ 09:50 am
Faster Than The Speed Of Light?  
In case you haven't seen this yet: CERN scientists 'break the speed of light'.

Now, before things get out of hand: they clocked neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light, and are now encouraging others to recreate the experiments and see what happens. They aren't throwing a party and saying they've changed physics. However, this could be the beginning of changes and furthering of physics on a large scale, if confirmed.

The biggest discoveries in science don't come with a shout of "eureka!", they come with a raised eyebrow and a muttered "hang on...that's odd...check this out."
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The Green Fairy: Icecreamabsinthecity on September 23rd, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
It's exciting isn't it :) I like that they are not waving their arms around and getting too worked up just yet...
Mickt_o_e on September 23rd, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
It's doubtful the neutrinos moved faster than light. They arrived at their destination sooner than expected. There could be several explanations. After numerous tests conducted on particle velocity, this one test gave unexpected results. The researchers have released the information to see if someone else can find an explanation they missed. And, even if the neutrinos did exceed the velocity of light, it won't translate into a useful method of propulsion for us. The size difference is insurmountable. We're too big and we'll only get bigger (no, that is not a poke at American obesity).