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'We have broken speed of light'

Postby JTWood » Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:19 am

Telegraph.co.uk wrote:A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light - an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.

According to Einstein's special theory of relativity, it would require an infinite amount of energy to propel an object at more than 186,000 miles per second.

However, Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen, of the University of Koblenz, say they may have breached a key tenet of that theory.

The pair say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons - energetic packets of light - travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.

Being able to travel faster than the speed of light would lead to a wide variety of bizarre consequences.

For instance, an astronaut moving faster than it would theoretically arrive at a destination before leaving.

The scientists were investigating a phenomenon called quantum tunnelling, which allows sub-atomic particles to break apparently unbreakable laws.

Dr Nimtz told New Scientist magazine: "For the time being, this is the only violation of special relativity that I know of."

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Re: 'We have broken speed of light'

Postby AussieDodger » Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:30 am

Rules are meant to be broken.
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Re: 'We have broken speed of light'

Postby Metroid » Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:44 pm

I always thought it was a lame rule anyway. I don't need Einstein telling me how fast I can travel. :-t
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Re: 'We have broken speed of light'

Postby Sticky Spice » Sat Oct 24, 2009 3:58 pm

My brain just asploded.
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Re: 'We have broken speed of light'

Postby GiantsFan14 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:27 pm

Published: 12:01AM BST 16 Aug 2007


how did we not hear about it until now if it's true?
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Re: 'We have broken speed of light'

Postby KCollins1304 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 4:46 pm

GiantsFan14 wrote:
Published: 12:01AM BST 16 Aug 2007


how did we not hear about it until now if it's true?


JT with another breaking news story 2 years old. :-b
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Re: 'We have broken speed of light'

Postby JTWood » Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:04 pm

KCollins1304 wrote:
GiantsFan14 wrote:
Published: 12:01AM BST 16 Aug 2007


how did we not hear about it until now if it's true?


JT with another breaking news story 2 years old. :-b

Did you guys know this? Huh? Did you?

I may be behind, but you guys are so far off target that you'd be lost without me. :^
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Re: 'We have broken speed of light'

Postby GiantsFan14 » Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:50 pm

JTWood wrote:
KCollins1304 wrote:
GiantsFan14 wrote:
how did we not hear about it until now if it's true?


JT with another breaking news story 2 years old. :-b

Did you guys know this? Huh? Did you?

I may be behind, but you guys are so far off target that you'd be lost without me. :^


was it ever actually confirmed? i feel like if it was true it'd be a bigger news story than someone just bringing up a two year old article.
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Re: 'We have broken speed of light'

Postby fast dogs » Sat Oct 24, 2009 9:35 pm

I heard about it a split second before it happened :-?
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Re: 'We have broken speed of light'

Postby Mookie4ever » Sat Oct 24, 2009 11:14 pm

It just happened. They went back in time to publish the story.
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