The speed of light might not be the ultimate cap

By on September 23, 2011

One of the pillars of physics and Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity — that nothing can go faster than the speed of light — was rocked Thursday.

European researchers said they clocked an oddball type of subatomic particle called a neutrino going faster than the 186,282 miles per second long been considered the cosmic speed limit.

There is still a lot of work to be done to determine if Einstein’s notion is incorrect, in need of modification, or if the neutrino test is flawed.  This is an excellent time to point out that when science might be wrong, it is interested.  If it is wrong, it changes its mind.  The benefit of science is that it changes its mind.  It is especially strange that this is the very thing that fundamentalists attack as the flaw in science — “those scientists, you see, they were wrong all along!  They never knew what they were talking about!”

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Further reading via Reuters.

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