Breaking News–Speed of Light Broken?

I was all set to write up a “what if” post this afternoon, but just as I was about to start, I came across this story. Reuters is reporting that scientists at CERN have recorded neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light.

The scientists recorded “neutrinos moving 60 nanoseconds quicker than light over a distance of 730 km between Geneva and Gran Sasso, Italy.” If this finding is confirmed, it could overthrown Einstein’s theory of special relativity (which stated that nothing could move faster than the speed of light).

This finding is potentially huge news. We could be talking about having to redefine our understanding of the universe. Not to mention the fact that right now sci-fi fans are smiling because faster than light space travel just became a hair more realistic. Of course, it’s far too early to jump to any conclusions, but writers and physicists everywhere should pay attention to this story.

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