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The DARK
09-22-2011, 05:50 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/22/science-light-idUSL5E7KM4CW20110922

RBA
09-22-2011, 06:23 PM
Interesting.

signalhome
09-22-2011, 06:25 PM
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/22/science-light-idUSL5E7KM4CW20110922

This could be monumental. A high amount of skepticism is necessary for the moment, though. The much more likely possibility is that the researchers made an error somewhere, which is why they're asking for other teams to independently reproduce their findings. However, I'd be lying if I said wasn't excited that the very foundation of physics (that nothing can travel faster than light) could be rocked to its core.

Here's another article regarding the discovery:
Roll over Einstein: Law of physics challenged (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_BREAKING_LIGHT_SPEED?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT)

marcshoe
09-22-2011, 08:15 PM
If this is true, I intend to start experiencing life backward.

dougdirt
09-22-2011, 08:22 PM
If this is true, I intend to start experiencing life backward.

And I intend to start calling you Benjamin Button.

Roy Tucker
09-23-2011, 08:16 AM
Great Scott!!

http://images.sodahead.com/polls/001672125/4226189294_doc_brown_full_1_answer_2_xlarge.jpeg

Now we just have to figure out how to put a leather mule harness over one of those neutrinos and then hang on for dear life and survive the zero-to-faster-than the speed of light in in one quintillionth of a second. Yikes.

medford
09-23-2011, 09:47 AM
Sweet, can't wait till they can "go plaid"

Razor Shines
09-23-2011, 12:52 PM
I knew that Einstein was an idiot.

bigredmechanism
09-23-2011, 01:44 PM
It's been a while for me since Physics classes, and the relationship between space + time has always boggled my brain a bit.

Does this confirm time travel as a theoretical possibility, or am I not understanding this?

Caveman Techie
09-23-2011, 02:01 PM
It's been a while for me since Physics classes, and the relationship between space + time has always boggled my brain a bit.

Does this confirm time travel as a theoretical possibility, or am I not understanding this?

Well if we want to nit-pick we could always travel through time. Just doing it one-way and only 1 second at a time. :)

However if faster than light speed is possible we would at least be able to travel forwards in time at a faster rate than what we do now.

MikeThierry
09-26-2011, 12:58 AM
Well if we want to nit-pick we could always travel through time. Just doing it one-way and only 1 second at a time. :)

However if faster than light speed is possible we would at least be able to travel forwards in time at a faster rate than what we do now.

This is all true but still, traveling at or just a tad faster than the speed of light is not only slow (relatively speaking in terms of space travel) it is just unwieldy because of the issue of time differential. Even if we could devise a way to work around mass becoming infinitely heavy at the speed of light, it would still be a limiting way of travel. Warp speed and wormholes are the way to go!

Sorry to crush everyone's scifi dream :(

GAC
09-26-2011, 04:21 AM
Big Deal! Obviously some of you have never ridden with my wife.


But it won't be long now

http://losthematheory.com/images/transporter.jpg

That's really going to hurt the auto industry too.

RBA
09-27-2011, 04:30 PM
Big Deal! Obviously some of you have never ridden with my wife.


But it won't be long now

http://losthematheory.com/images/transporter.jpg

That's really going to hurt the auto industry too.

And Real Estate. Who needs to live on the beach, if you can just beam over to it in one minute?

oneupper
10-28-2011, 10:57 AM
Well, folks, Mystery Solved.
Relativity is safe, for now.


Those weird faster-than-light neutrinos that CERN thought they saw last month may have just gotten slowed down to a speed that'll keep them from completely destroying physics as we know it. In an ironic twist, the very theory that these neutrinos would have disproved may explain exactly what happened.


http://dvice.com/archives/2011/10/speedy-neutrino.php

Caveat Emperor
10-28-2011, 11:13 AM
Well, folks, Mystery Solved.
Relativity is safe, for now.

Dreams of deep space exploration ever happening for humanity remain on permanent hiatus.

BuckeyeRed27
10-28-2011, 11:15 AM
That is a very well written explanation. Very interesting. I will continue to just use my own time machine I guess.

The DARK
10-28-2011, 01:35 PM
Good old relativity. Great article.