September 24th, 2011
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Will CERN disprove Einsteins theory?

einsteinThe world’s largest physics lab, CERN claims to have clocked sub-atomic particles or neutrinos travelling faster than the speed of light. If this is proved to be true then Einsteins theory will be disproved.

Einstein’s 1905 theory of relativity that states that “nothing can travel faster than light-300,000 kms, or 186,000 miles, per second” is one of the most fundamental pillars of physics. It is this theory in science that will be refuted if the new findings are true.

European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN, near Geneva, says a neutrino beam shot off from a particle accelerator near Geneva to a lab 730 km away in Italy, whooshed 60 nanoseconds faster than light, with a speed of 186,282 miles per second.

But, how could the fact be ignored that Einstein’s theory has been tested thousands of times over the past 106 years? And, only recently have here been just slight hints that the behaviour of some elementary particles of matter might not fit into it.

If the findings by the CERN are correct, it would force an overhaul of the fundamental laws of nature and how the universe works. These particles are 6 km/second faster than light, which is strange because 100 years ago, Einstein suggested nothing can go faster than light. If these scientists are right and Einstein was wrong, whatever we know about our Universe will soon be turned on its head.

Earlier, the Chicago team had similar faster-than-light results in 2007, but then the giant margin of error undermined its scientific significance.

According to eminent cosmologist and astrophysicist Martin Rees “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and this is an extraordinary claim.”


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