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Old 09-23-2011, 09:36 AM
 
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GENEVA - Physicists on the team that measured particles traveling faster than light said Friday they were as surprised as their skeptics about the results, which appear to violate the laws of nature as we know them.

Hundreds of scientists packed an auditorium at one of the world's foremost laboratories on the Swiss-French border to hear how a subatomic particle, the neutrino, was found to have outrun light and confounded the theories of Albert Einstein.

"To our great surprise we found an anomaly," said Antonio Ereditato, who participated in the experiment and speaks on behalf of the team.

An anomaly is a mild way of putting it.
Faster than light measurement shocks physicists - CBS News
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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I just barely saw that. Suddenly there is hope for exploring the unvierse!
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Old 09-23-2011, 10:11 AM
 
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I just barely saw that. Suddenly there is hope for exploring the unvierse!
If you are a neutrino.

Seriously, this could throw physics as we know it (well as other people know it, I'm a virtual illiterate when it comes to physics).
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Old 09-23-2011, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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I read this last night and my face was stuck like this cat's for a few minutes
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Old 09-23-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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Stephen Hawking's Universe Time Travel Starship part 2 of 10 - YouTube
well to even build a faster than light ship it would be like stephen hawking explains what happens. Plus we would have to be able to colonize our own nearby planets and or planets moons. Since a ship like that is a one way journey and colonize other solar systems as we pass through.

Right now we are very long way from faster than light space travel I mean if they get another country to do the same test at their facility and it has the same result the we really lived in a historic point in time.
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Old 09-23-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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Is Zefram Cochrane's great-great-great grandfather out there?
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Old 09-23-2011, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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I just barely saw that. Suddenly there is hope for exploring the unvierse!
Yeah, this is exciting stuff, but I think we're still a long, long way of being able to even remotely figure out how to get a space craft to attain anything even near light speed, let alone faster.
Remember that nuetrinos are invisible and without mass or form ,and exist for only fractions of fractions of a second.
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:11 PM
 
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Yeah, this is exciting stuff, but I think we're still a long, long way of being able to even remotely figure out how to get a space craft to attain anything even near light speed, let alone faster.
Remember that nuetrinos are invisible and without mass or form ,and exist for only fractions of fractions of a second.
Just a slight correction... neutrinos do have mass. It's definitely not much, but non-zero.
Neutrino Masses

Neutrino Physics
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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It could also mean that things are farther than we thought they were.
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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It could also mean that things are farther than we thought they were.
You may have a good point there. I was also thinking that if the equipment used to measure the time between Point A and Point B were even the slightest bit off from each other, it could give an erroneous result when making a comparison. I'm assuming equipment at both Point A and Point B. Both locations would have to be perfectly syncronized.
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