Thursday, September 22, 2011

Stop The Presses

Or maybe just run them backwards in time.

AP reports that scientists at CERN claim to have clocked neutrinos at superluminal speeds.

Everyone is skeptical, but so far no one has been able to discredit the evidence. If true, this is big. Like extra-dimensions big. Or maybe bigger.

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.

"The feeling that most people have is this can't be right, this can't be real," said James Gillies, a spokesman for the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The organization, known as CERN, hosted part of the experiment, which is unrelated to the massive $10 billion Large Hadron Collider also located at the site.

Gillies told The Associated Press that the readings have so astounded researchers that they are asking others to independently verify the measurements before claiming an actual discovery.

UPDATE: A highly skeptical Lumo has more links and some commentary.