Saturday, September 24, 2011

Can Einstein be wrong?

A discovery in CERN this past week has called into slight question the theory of relativity developed by Einstein.  

"After painstakingly checking and rechecking their data, physicists working on Italy
’s OPERA experiment say they have clocked neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. According their calculations, there’s only a one in a billion chance that what they’re seeing is a statistical fluke...."

Neutrinos?!? Oh wait, wrong type...

"OPERA’s neutrinos were born from protons smashed into a chunk of graphite at CERN. They then traveled underground to Italy’s National Gran Sasso Laboratory beneath the Apennines Mountains. A detector spotted the arrival of a small fraction of the particles — about 16,000 in total between 2009 and 2011"

"Thanks to GPS devices, the distance of this trip, about 730 kilometers, is known to within 20 centimeters — a feat of accuracy that required closing a lane of traffic for a week in a tunnel above the detector in Italy."

The Implications are astounding, the findings in CERN may only solidify even more Einstein's Theory..

Even if this me
asurement holds up, it doesn’t really prove Einstein wrong about the speed of light being a cosmic speed limit, any more than Einstein proved Newton wrong about gravity, motion, light, etc. These revolutionary theories build on one another. Newton’s physics correctly explains [explain? I struggle with the singular-plural there] most ordinary phenomena as we experience it, and Einstein’s relativity does the same for things moving at great speed."

First Nike releases a Marty Mcfly Sneaker...., now this.  I guess I should start saving up for a Delorean.

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