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CERN claims faster-than-light particle measured

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  1. mr. sin

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    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_BREAKING_LIGHT_SPEED?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

    GENEVA (AP) -- Scientists at the world's largest physics lab say they have clocked subatomic particles traveling faster than light. If that's true, it would break - if not severely twist - a fundamental pillar of physics.

    Nothing is supposed to go faster than light. But scientists say that neutrinos - one of the strangest well-known particles in physics - smashed past the cosmic speed barrier of 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers).

    The European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, says the speeds were detected in a neutrino beam fired from Geneva to a lab 454 miles (730 kilometers) away in Italy.

    Baffled scientists are asking others to independently verify the measurements or find other more mundane explanations for the measured speed.
     
  2. Creasy Bear

    Creasy Bear gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
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    Probably related to the load I shot when I jacked to the Scarlett Johansson ass picture.
     
  3. OAarchive

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    Of course it was neutrinos! Haven't these guys ever seen Star Trek TNG?
     
  4. The Godfather

    The Godfather Spark it up for The Godfather and say!!!!!

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    they are wrong, fuck them
     
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    Gotta be a calculation error. If not, this is really fucking cool
     
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    Probably forgot to carry the 2.
     
  7. The Godfather

    The Godfather Spark it up for The Godfather and say!!!!!

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    "The speed of light is like a river....."
     
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    Yup. Let's see them do it again before we get all excited. But if true, it really changes a lot.
     
  9. Ballbuster1

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    You're thinking of tachyons.
     
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    It's the classic metric vs standard error....Ooops...I thought you meant inches not centimeters...Oh, ok...Looks like it was slower than the speed of light...nothing to see here...carry on..


    If it is faster than light that means that they can fire it at a distant star and it would arrive before we see it fired...spoiler alert...neutrinos are ruining the surprise of super novas!
     
  12. the Streif

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    So now that these "neutrinos"............as we'll call them, have broken the laws of physics, does that mean that they will start having babies and go on welfare for the rest of their lives?
     
  13. Neon

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    Reality sucks, don't it?

     
  14. JoeyDVDZ

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    Universal course correction. The future reaching back into the past to undo the discovery, so that we don't all annhilate. Unfortunately, come December 21, some numbnuts will prove beyond the ability of the future world to undo it, and we're all screwed anyway. Have fun! :)
     
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    while it sucks that it wasn't proven true, it's still awesome in my opinion. The scientists that put all the data out there questioned the results of their own work and opened it up for others to find the error. I don't look at this as a failure. I look at this as a proof that through peer review, the scientific process works. it's 2012 and STILL all the data proves that the theory created by Einstein nearly 100 years ago was right.
     
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    Fuck those Euro bottom quarks. I used to work 1/4 mile from Fermilab, and had some acquaintances who worked the Tevatron and got summarily "reduced".
     
  17. mills

    mills I'll give em a state, a state of unconsciousness

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    I guess everyone else got oxidized or somethin.
     
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    Nah. Physically, they're fine. They're just unemployed White Dwarfs, but nowhere near as dense.
     
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    The world needs ditch diggers, too...
     
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    what's the area like near Fermilab? I have had a few recruiters call me about positions there.
     
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    Yeah, I know. I just really hope I'm alive for a really shocking discovery like that. Close, but no cigar.
     
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    Sorry I didn't see this 'till today...

    Batavia, where it's located is just O.K., to the South is worse. But just North...Geneva & St. Charles are both nice. I've lived in Geneva before and loved it. Nice old fashioned Downtown amidst the new and trendy places. If you've seen "Road to Perdition", the scene where Tom Hanks goes to whack the Accountant in the Hotel is all downtown Geneva. If they like fishing, even better. The Fox River, where all my fishing pics are from, rolls through the center of each Town. If you want more...PM me.
     
  23. Hog's Big Ben

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    the 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used to correct the timing of the neutrinos' flight and an electronic card in a computer

    Probably a knockoff cable. My iPod doesn't sync right with the wonky cable I got from the chinks.
     
  24. lockjaaaaww

    lockjaaaaww All out of Bubble Gum.

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    We'll have to wait even longer for Ludicrous speed I guess.
     
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