Neutrinos clocked moving at faster-than-light speed

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Neutrinos clocked moving at faster-than-light speed

Post by Julie on Thu Sep 22, 2011 10:27 pm

Neutrinos clocked moving at faster-than-light speed

CERN scientists ask for confirmation of discovery that could rewrite laws of nature

By Frank Jordans and Seth Borenstein

updated 9/22/2011 5:40:39 PM ET

GENEVA — A pillar of physics — that nothing can go faster than the speed of light — appears to be smashed by an oddball subatomic particle that has apparently made a giant end run around Albert Einstein's theories.

Scientists at the world's largest physics lab said Thursday they have clocked neutrinos traveling faster than light. That's something that according to Einstein's 1905 special theory of relativity — the famous E (equals) mc2 equation — just doesn't happen.

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