Particles travel faster than light, say scientists

Physicists have reported that sub-atomic particles called neutrinos can travel faster than light, a finding that, if verified, would blast a hole in Einstein’s theory of relativity.

In experiments conducted between the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and a laboratory in Italy, the tiny particles were clocked at 300,006 kilometres per second, about six kps faster than the speed of light, the researchers said.

This result comes as a complete surprise, said physicist Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the experiment, known as OPERA. We wanted to measure the speed of neutrinos, but we didn’t expect to find anything special — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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