faster than light?

Neutrinos seem to have traveled faster than the speed of light, according to reports. Antonio Ereditato, coordinator of the Opera project (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus), states that neutrinos traveled the 730 km  from CERN in Switzerland to the Gran Sasso lab in central Italy slightly faster than they should have. In a research paper published today, researchers write that the particles arrived sixty billionths of a second earlier than expected, (with a margin of error of plus or minus 10 billionths of a second). If confirmed–and Ereditato and virtually every other scientist refuse to say much until this astonishing result is reproduced–that means the neutrinos were traveling at 299,798,454 metres per second. That would be 5,996 mps faster than the speed of light (299,792,458 mps), which was supposed to be an absolute, according to Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity.

Without getting too far ahead of the actual science, I am eagerly anticipating my FTL drive, and will be stocking up on copper bars.

(photo: Dan McCoy / Corbis)

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