Saturday, 15 October 2011

Faster than the Speed of Light?

Scientists from CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) discovered, within the framework of OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus), a type of particles called neutrinos which appear to travel faster than the speed of light. Provided that this is proved, it will revolutionise the scientific world and our perception of the universe.

This news might be the most relevant of the last few millennia. Moreover, it might wholly or partially debunk Albert Einstein's theory and even make it possible to send information to the past. However, it has barely headlined in the media.

The announcement was made after conducting 16,000 tests where neutrinos travelled faster than 299,792 km per second. Even so, scientists responsible for the project have counselled caution and asked the scientific community for support to carry out new experiments whether to back or refute their claims.

Imagination commands!

Many Sci-Fi writers have speculated about this possibility that nowadays is likely to become reality. Travelling faster than the speed of light would be exciting due largely to its potential for building a bridge to the past, with all that it implies. Furthermore, we would be able to move to and fro the space-time line, perhaps not physically but as virtual information units.

Not only is this a big moment for scientists but also for artists and dreamers, since the latter have always predicted discoveries and achievements in mysterious ways. Could it be possible that they receive information from the future?

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