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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Einstein Not a Genius After All?

I read an article from Reuters today that the theory of relativity has been disproved. That is really like a big Wow! A few years back we just honored Albert Einstein as the man of the century for his genius idea and yet... hmmmm... we'll see, maybe someone can still dsprove the theory that disproved Einstein's theory...who knows? But below is a quoted article from Reuters.

Particles found to break speed of light

By Robert Evans

GENEVA | Thu Sep 22, 2011 3:26pm EDT
(Reuters) - An international team of scientists said on Thursday they had recorded sub-atomic particles traveling faster than light -- a finding that could overturn one of Einstein's long-accepted fundamental laws of the universe.

Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the researchers, told Reuters that measurements taken over three years showed neutrinos pumped from CERN near Geneva to Gran Sasso in Italy had arrived 60 nanoseconds quicker than light would have done.

"We have high confidence in our results. We have checked and rechecked for anything that could have distorted our measurements but we found nothing," he said. "We now want colleagues to check them independently."


If confirmed, the discovery would undermine Albert Einstein's 1905 theory of special relativity, which says that the speed of light is a "cosmic constant" and that nothing in the universe can travel faster.

That assertion, which has withstood over a century of testing, is one of the key elements of the so-called Standard Model of physics, which attempts to describe the way the universe and everything in it works.

The totally unexpected finding emerged from research by a physicists working on an experiment dubbed OPERA run jointly by the CERN particle research center near Geneva and the Gran Sasso Laboratory in central Italy.

A total of 15,000 beams of neutrinos -- tiny particles that pervade the cosmos -- were fired over a period of 3 years from CERN toward Gran Sasso 730 (500 miles) km away, where they were picked up by giant detectors.

Light would have covered the distance in around 2.4 thousandths of a second, but the neutrinos took 60 nanoseconds -- or 60 billionths of a second -- less than light beams would have taken.

"It is a tiny difference," said Ereditato, who also works at Berne University in Switzerland, "but conceptually it is incredibly important. The finding is so startling that, for the moment, everybody should be very prudent."

Ereditato declined to speculate on what it might mean if other physicists, who will be officially informed of the discovery at a meeting in CERN on Friday, found that OPERA's measurements were correct.

"I just don't want to think of the implications," he told Reuters. "We are scientists and work with what we know."

Much science-fiction literature is based on the idea that, if the light-speed barrier can be overcome, time travel might theoretically become possible.

The existence of the neutrino, an elementary sub-atomic particle with a tiny amount of mass created in radioactive decay or in nuclear reactions such as those in the Sun, was first confirmed in 1934, but it still mystifies researchers.

It can pass through most matter undetected, even over long distances, and without being affected. Millions pass through the human body every day, scientists say.

To reach Gran Sasso, the neutrinos pushed out from a special installation at CERN -- also home to the Large Hadron Collider probing the origins of the universe -- have to pass through water, air and rock.

The underground Italian laboratory, some 120 km (75 miles) to the south of Rome, is the largest of its type in the world for particle physics and cosmic research.

Around 750 scientists from 22 different countries work there, attracted by the possibility of staging experiments in its three massive halls, protected from cosmic rays by some 1,400 metres (4,200 feet) of rock overhead.
(Reporting by Robert Evans; Editing by Tom Miles and Kevin Liffey) The original article may be found here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/22/us-science-light-idUSTRE78L4FH20110922

8 comments:

  1. Very complicated article. Let's see what the next test reveal.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  2. Interesting article. I guess we will have to see what happens.

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  3. Duh...I can't wrap my mind around this article or idea.

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  4. @FIlip,

    I just happen to be discussing einstein's theory with dave last week, whatta coincidence! Thus, I got so interested when this article came up.

    @Randy,
    Indeed!

    @Jean,
    It's normal, it's e equals mc squared until this article I think...:=)

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  5. A new discovery might challenge Einstein's theory.
    It would be very interesting to know about the final research.

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  6. Hi there..do you remember the movie the time machine? (there were re-runs (lol) I loved that.. then I watched it after I got older and it seemed a little hokey (I mean just the way the movie was made back then) Would we be able to change anything.. I doubt it? At least there is no theory about wisdom.
    I did leave a comment- just been sort of dragging these days. Hope your doing well and was happy you stopped by:)

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  7. At first I was going to give you a link to the 1960 trailer, but I guess the whole thing can be viewed in a series. This link is better- I was looking at it and think they did a good job..pretty creative. Funny it was such a hit to me!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVlr24zD_KQ&feature=related

    Oh, the lizards run around with no tail because of cats mostly (lol)

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  8. hmmm, I would also say wait and see! I think Einstein had won quiet some fans in the years:-)))

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