Saturday, November 19, 2011

News really fit to print - neutrinos faster than speed of light, again

"The team which found that neutrinos may travel faster than light has carried out an improved version of their experiment - and confirmed the result." [Neutrino experiment repeat at Cern finds same result:,]

But it is one those news stories that seemed to have been lost among the stories about Penn State, Republican buffoons, and Occupy some city. This story I picked up from BBC, but more and more I find that the real news stories come from foreign sources.

It is difficult to believe that there is hardly anything more momentous than the apparent discovery that the speed of light may not be limiting. "The idea that nothing can exceed the speed of light in a vacuum forms a cornerstone in physics - first laid out by James Clerk Maxwell and later incorporated into Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity." 

 It is still an apparent discovery because the experiment hasn't been subject to peer review in the scientific community. But a repeat gives the conclusion substance. Science fiction is not.

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