Friday, February 24, 2012

Light still the fastest thing around

I was a bit disappointed when I discovered the Einstein's theory that light was the fastest thing in the univerese has been retained.

It had been going around that scientists has thought late last year that they had measured some sub-atomic particles had been travelling faster than light.

Unfortunatley it turns out that the measurment was due to a loose cable.

From The Age

...James Gillies, a spokesman for CERN, said on Wednesday the lab's startling result was now in doubt. Earlier on Wednesday, ScienceInsider, a website run by the respected American Association for the Advancement of Science, reported that the surprising result was down to a loose fibre-optic cable linking a Global Positioning System satellite receiver to a computer.

The whole idea that we might be able to travell to distant stars has always been a dream to me. Especially after reading so much science fiction. I'm sure something new will turn up to keep the flame alive.

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