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Particles break light-speed limit

An Italian experiment has unveiled evidence that fundamental particles known as neutrinos can travel faster than light. Other researchers are cautious about the result, but if it stands further scrutiny, the finding would overturn the most fundamental rule of modern physics — that nothing travels faster than 299,792,458 metres per second.

The experiment is called OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus), and lies 1,400 metres underground in the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy. It is designed to study a beam of neutrinos coming from CERN, Europe’s premier high-energy physics laboratory located 730 kilometres away near Geneva, Switzerland. Neutrinos are fundamental particles that are electrically neutral, rarely interact with other matter, and have a vanishingly small mass. But they are all around us — the Sun produces so many neutrinos as a by-product of nuclear reactions that many billions pass through your eye every second.

Full Story: http://www.nature.com/news/2011/110922/full/news.2011.554.html

  1. September 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Nice try, but this was discovered years ago by the Ninja Turtles: http://bit.ly/nzIRKJ. Great info, thanks for the update!

  2. September 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Hmmmm… methinks those Neutrinos were from another dimension, so they didn’t break the light barrier as such 🙂

    I posted this story very quickly (as I was leaving to go someplace) – it looks like many people doubt the results but it’s interesting all the same…

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