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Einstein’s theory of special relativity has been recently threatened by researchers.

Einstein’s theory of special relativity has been recently threatened by researchers.

A team of scientists who last year suggested neutrinos could travel faster than light conceded June 8 that Einstein was right and the sub-atomic particles were bound by the universe’s speed limit.

 Researchers working at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) caused a storm when they published experimental results showing the particles could out-pace light by some six kilometers per second.

 The findings threatened to upend modern physics and smash a hole in Albert Einstein’s 1905 theory of special relativity, which described the velocity of light as the maximum speed in the cosmos.

 The neutrinos were timed on the journey from CERN’s giant underground lab near Geneva to the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy, after travelling 732 kilometers through the Earth’s crust. To do the trip, the neutrinos should have taken 0.0024 seconds. Instead, the particles were recorded as hitting the detectors in Italy 0.00000006 seconds sooner than expected, the preliminary experiment had shown.

‘Earlier results were wrong’

But on June 8 the researchers told the International Conference on Neutrino Physics and Astrophysics, being held in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, that the earlier results were wrong and faulty kit was to blame. “The previous data were revised taking into account understood instrumental effects,” the team said.

“A coherent picture has emerged with both previous and new data pointing to a neutrino velocity consistent with the speed of light.” The initial findings had been greeted with a combination of excitement and scepticism, even from those involved in the experiment, who urged other physicists to carry out their own checks to corroborate or refute what had been seen.


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Murun Buchstansangur

6/9/2012 10:26:38 PM

@KC. Some questions: Where is the moon mentioned in the verse? And why have you fudged the maths and deliberately used a wrong figure for the number of seconds in a day. One day = 24(hours) x 60 (mins) x 60 (seconds) = 86,400 seconds. The Quran is an ancient book written by people who had no knowledge of modern science.

ilker avni

6/9/2012 7:47:26 PM

Einstein is allways right,why bother to even check his theory.

MR Somalia

6/9/2012 4:20:23 AM

As you remember, Speed = distance ÷ time, thus d = 25831347000km, t = 86164 second The cosmic speed = 25831347000 ÷ 86164 = 299792 km\ second which is exactly the speed of the light.

MR Somalia

6/9/2012 4:19:15 AM

Light is the fastest medium in the universe and this is even supported by our holy Quran/Koran: (And verily, a day with your Lord is as a thousand years of what you reckon) (Sûrat Al-Hajj- verse 47) Using our Luna calendar: the moon travels 2152612.27 km around earth in compete round (month). the distance per year is: 2152612.27 × 12 = 25831347 km, 25831347 × 1000= 25831347000 km (1000 yr), The day is 24 hours and in seconds it is: 86164 seconds (continued nxt)
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