Sunday, 2 October 2011

Is it possible to travel faster than light?

GenevaAlbert Einstein's 1905 theory of relativity is one of the most fundamental pillars of physics but now scientists say his conclusion that nothing can travel faster than light could be proven wrong. 



Scientists at the European Organisation for NuclearResearch, or CERN, the world's largest physics laboratory say they have recorded sub-atomic particles, known as neutrinos, travelling faster than the speed of light.
According to Einstein's theory of special relativity known by the equation E=mc2that feat is impossible. 


CERN says as part of its 'OPERA' experiment, a neutrino beam fired from a particle accelerator near Geneva to a lab 730 kilometres away in Italy travelled 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light. It revealed that neutrinos travel at a velocity of 20 parts per million above the speed of light

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