Breaking the universal speed limit

Particles appear to race faster than the speed of light

By Stephen Ornes, 09:43 AM October 12, 2011





Once upon a time, the brilliant physicist Albert Einstein argued that the universe has a speed limit. The year was 1905, and the speed limit was the speed of light. He argued that no particles, people or spaceships can ever travel faster than light, be it the beam from a flashlight or the blazing explosion of a supernova. Ever since then, light has been viewed as the fastest way to get across the universe.


Until now. Maybe.


A tiny particle called a neutrino might be breaking the limit. Tha...

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