We are extremely skeptical, but this is all over the news so we have to mention it. London’s Daily Telegraph reports: Speed of light ‘broken’ by scientists. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The science world was left in shock when workers at the world’s largest physics lab announced they had recorded subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light. If the findings are proven to be accurate, they would overturn one of the pillars of the Standard Model of physics, which explains the way the universe and everything within it works.
You can see why we’re skeptical. Let’s read on:
Einstein’s theory of special relativity, proposed in 1905, states that nothing in the universe can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. But researchers at the CERN lab [see CERN] near Geneva claim they have recorded neutrinos, a type of tiny particle, travelling faster than the barrier of 186,282 miles (299,792 kilometers) per second.
The results have so astounded researchers that American and Japanese scientists have been asked to verify the results before they are confirmed as a discovery.
Yes, a bit of verification would seem to be in order. One last excerpt:
Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the researchers, said: “We have high confidence in our results. We have checked and rechecked for anything that could have distorted our measurements but we found nothing.”
There are longer articles floating around but they’re all from the AP. They don’t allow their stories to be copied, so this is the best we could do. If we find something better, we’ll mention it in the comments.
Addendum: This is at the Scientific American website: Particles Found to Travel Faster than Speed of Light.
See also: Answers in Genesis & the Speed of Light.
See also: Neutrinos & the Speed of Light — 18 Nov ’11.
Update: See Maybe Neutrinos Aren’t Faster Than Light.
Update: See Faster Than Light Neutrinos: The Epilogue.
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