Particles break light-speed limit

This is extremely shocking: CERN scientists using a 1180-tonne particle detector have measured particles travelling faster than the speed of light. If confirmed, this discovery could invalidate Albert Einstein’s 1905 theory of special relativity and revolutionise physics.

Einstein’s theory says that there’s nothing in the universe that could travel faster than light. Now, CERN scientists believe this could be wrong according to their latest experiment.

The experiment timed about 16,000 neutrinos launched from CERN facilities in Geneva, travelling through Earth and arriving 2.43 milliseconds later to the subterranean facilities of Italy’s Gran Sasso National Laboratory. There, the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus (the OPERA particle detector) recorded the hits.

When scientists discovered that the particles were arriving 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light, with only a 10 millisecond error margin — they freaked out. I don’t blame them. This is similar to someone coming to you to tell you that a new observation shows that the Earth is actually flat. Learn more here, here, here or here.

Advertisements

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: