About three months ago I wrote about the possibility that some Neutrinos (weak sub-atomic particles) had traveled faster than the speed of light, in an experiment that sent them from a lab in Switzerland to one in Italy. I talked about how everyone was in a huge uproar because it would have disproved Einstein’s theory of relativity (that no information or energy can travel faster than the speed of light). I also pointed out how Einstein’s theories on physics caused a similar uproar when it disproved some of Isaac Newton’s theories, and that discovery is the point of science. We can’t fear change when all the data points to it.
It turns out they might have been right. Recently it was discovered, a loose fiber optic cable was causing one of the atomic clocks to produce invalid results. The scientific community unanimously unbunched their panties and nodded knowingly: surely this was the reason that these particles appeared to travel faster than light. Since I’m not a scientist, I was less happy with the continuation of the status quo, but I understood that you can’t argue with facts (Well, you can, you’re just not suppose to).
Two days later, the CERN laboratory announced that indeed there was a loose fiber optic cable as well as another problem with an oscillator that was time stamping the readings to GPS signals. The real surprise though, is that the result of these two errors would cause the data to underestimate the speed of the neutrinos, not overestimate it.
That’s right. They may actually be traveling even faster than we thought. In May new tests will be performed to give more precise readings than have been previously achieved. Again, the big take away (as far as I’m concerned):
Time Travel – Still Possible
Every weekend we throw together some of the strange and interesting stuff we’ve come across from all the many hours we spend on the internet. This weekend’s links include: A life-hack infographic, handmade Harry Potter jewelry, the next big phone app and why vitamins help you get the ladies.
- If you’re like me, you love Infographics! Here is one that offers up 35 life-hack tips from free porn at a hotel to how to using aluminum foil correctly.
- Want to sport some Harry Potter gear, while supporting indie artists? Head over to Etsy and pick up the eye glasses with scar necklace.
- Robert Scoble said this app is the next hot thing on your phone(and he’s usually right about these things). Glancee is a fun and safe way to meet new people with common friends and similar interests. It’s kind of like Foursquare meets Facebook; your interests as well as your location determine who the app matches you with. Word is, everyone at SXSW will be using it this year.
- Need a good reason to take your vitamins (besides that it makes you healthy). Well, a new study says that women are subconsciously attracted to men with high immune systems. Drink your orange juice!
If you have been paying attention to CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) or the recent experiment OPERA, than you are aware that a couple of months ago, they released the results, showing that the neutrinos had reached their destination faster than the speed of light by 60 nanoseconds. It is not a lot faster, but any amount faster than the speed of light would mean there was a flaw in Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. If you haven’t put it together yet, this means that time travel may still be possible. This possibility has set the science world into an uproar, mostly of people crying foul. They maintain that the flaw is in the instruments recording the experiment.
Let’s forget for a moment, that Einstein’s theories uprooted a lot of the accepted classic physics model at the time, put forward by Isaac Newton. At that time, people again freaked out because they were proving wrong, the long-held theories, and apparently you can go to school for a really long time to try to discover and learn things, but if you actually discover something new, or learn that something was incorrect, it pisses everyone else off. Let us also forget that Einstein did the majority of his work on a chalkboard nearly 100 years ago. Our current physicists are doing actual experimentation with billions of dollars of equipment. Again, even with a second run of the experiment revealing the same results, they are saying that it is impossible.
The real take away here, as I mentioned before, is that time travel is still possible. Perhaps in a couple of years we will finally have the ability to go back in time and stop a terrible tragedy from occurring. Like, showing George Lucas what the special edition version of the original trilogy looked like, or even what Jar Jar Binks did to Episode 1.