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Faster Than Light May Be Possible. Next? Kessler Run @starwars

As a geek I always wanted light/warp speed to be possible and never believed the scientists who said  "You can't go faster than light speed" and "It goes against the laws of physics."  I always wanted to believe that doing the Kessler Run in under 12 parsecs was a possibility and the Vulcans will visit us once we perfected warp speed.  I always got annoyed at scientists who insist that you can't go faster than light speed. You're not thinking fourth dimensionally.

But now it seems scientists are baffled by subatomic particles that are apparently going faster than the speed of light.

Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists - because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light.  Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away seemed to show up a tiny fraction of a second early.
The result - which threatens to upend a century of physics - will be put online for scrutiny by other scientists.
In the meantime, the group says it is being very cautious about its claims.
"We tried to find all possible explanations for this," said report author Antonio Ereditato of the Opera collaboration.

The team prepares a beam of just one type, muon neutrinos, sending them from Cern to an underground laboratory at Gran Sasso in Italy to see how many show up as a different type, tau neutrinos.
In the course of doing the experiments, the researchers noticed that the particles showed up a few billionths of a second sooner than light would over the same distance.

So these Usain Bolt particles could really change the laws of physics.  They have run this experiment 15000 times and come up with the same results so its no fluke.  If faster than light is possible then think of what doors that opens up for us geeks?  Inter-planetary travel, time travel, a decent Internet connection?  I can't wait, neither can those particles.

R Wainfur thebeardedtrio

Source - BBC

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