November 21st, 2011
06:21 PM ET

And then, maybe Einstein was right

Just when you got excited that Einstein may have been wrong about the speed of light, scientists have evidence suggesting maybe he was right after all, British media report.

The ICARUS collaboration at the Gran Sasso laboratory near Rome, Italy, has found that it is impossible for neutrinos to travel faster than the speed of light.

Still, it's not the final word on this subject.

Read more from the Guardian

Filed under: Discoveries
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  1. mhklein

    I'm so disappointed. I was ready to build Starship Enterprise.

    December 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  2. DuckOf Death

    Our mass increases towards infinity as we approach the speed of light. we may get within about 1/100 of the speed of light with solar sails (theoretically) ..Kepler 20F here we come!!!!

    December 20, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  3. DuckOf Death

    This article was faster than the speed of light....

    December 20, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  4. infinite

    perhaps neutrinos accelerate infinitely, impossible to test this on earth

    December 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
  5. Last Mayday

    It's called quantum tunneling, not a worm hole.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  6. Chris

    I wonder if the superluminal neutrinos had oscillated to a different type, as neutrinos have been recently discovered to do. If so, I wonder if the oscillation process involves a wormhole, or other such phenomenon, that might explain their apparent speed. I wonder if all neutrino oscillations involve such behavior.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Doug

      Hi, the oscillations would have shown up in this experiment as a deficit in the final number of recorded neutrinos, not in the time of flight. Oscillation experiments have been run at other experiments, but the only other experiment to see anything like this was the MINOS experiment, and they chose not to claim superluminal speeds. Instead, they cited the difficulties in working out all of the timing effects. Probably, OPERA made a bad measurement of distance (they claimed to be accurate to within 20 cm over a distance of ~700 km), or their GPS clock isn't synced properly or as accurate as they think.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
  7. augustghost

    What's faster than the speed of light? wife driving on the highway

    December 1, 2011 at 1:49 am |


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