Welcome Stranger to OCC!Login | Register

Speed of Light May Not be a Limit After All

Category: Science & Technology
Posted: 06:10AM

An important part of science is the questioning of accepted rules. Last year researchers at CERN reported that neutrinos had traveled at faster than the speed of light, which has never been observed before and is not allowed according to the Theory of Special Relativity. It was later discovered that the speed measurement was the result of a systematic error (but proving that did give us the most accurate measure of the speed of a neutrino). At the time of the initial discovery though, many scientists started questioning the validity of the Universe's speed limit, and now researchers at the University of Adelaide have found that limit may not exist after all.

The reason why even theoretical superluminal travel has been considered impossible is because to travel that fast would break the mathematics of the formulae involved. Basically every measurement in the Universe should always return a real number, but when you exceed the speed of light, some measurements would take on imaginary values (square roots of negative numbers). What the researchers have done though is reexamined the theory and extended in such that the formulae no longer break down.

Sadly it must be stated that the researchers worked on this purely from a mathematical perspective, which makes sense as they are mathematicians. What that means is while they may have found it is possible to travel faster than the speed of light, they can offer no solution for achieving such speeds. Looks like science fiction remains fiction for a bit longer.

Register as a member to subscribe comments.
Guest comment
Otto Krog on October 28, 2012 02:30AM
I am sorry to say that I don't think that the standard model or the speed of light will hold. The Higgs particle has yet to show the qualities and predicted features from the standard model, and I don't think they will show up. The reason being that I am sure that mass and gravity will be explainable through electromagnetism. Wild dreams, but not so wild, as that was actually what Einstein himself worked on during his late years. He didn't succeed, but maybe he was right again. I am pretty sure that a lot of mysteries in physics would disappear, if we consider electromagnetism as the only known force. My idea is that antimatter is the mirror of this universe. I think that the subconscious mind and consciousness are located in parallel universes in the form of antimatter. That makes the spirit and God all physical, so basically I could be said to be an atheist, even though I consider myself spiritual. If you would like to know more, then check out my theory at www.crestroy.com

This news has comment postings disabled because it is now archived.

© 2001-2016 Overclockers Club ® Privacy Policy
Elapsed: 0.0270562172