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'Loophole' found in Special Theory of Relativity


Scientists working in a US government laboratory say they have managed to transmit a signal from point to point faster than the speed of light in a vacuum - in a development apparently violating the laws of physics.

According to a statement issued by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):

According to Einstein's special theory of relativity, light traveling in a vacuum is the universal speed limit. No information can travel faster than light.

But there's kind of a loophole ...

Sadly this isn't the sort of loophole which seems likely to lead to hyperdrive starships or interstellar portal technology or anything like that. But it does, in effect, let information go faster than light. In a way.

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Yea, sure. Cern said the same.
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Here's another article on is. http://www.popsci.com/node/62036/
It has a diagram of the experiment which is probably helpful to those who want a more visual understanding.
    
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I hope this is true, but I'm sure many people have their doubts.
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Cool if true

Wrong Category, should be technology, this is not hardware news :/
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Yea, sure. Cern said the same.

That was neutrinos reaching a sensor earlier than expected. I think it was refuted or at least heavily contested still.

This is reforming a wave to "nudge" the peak/trough to arrive a tiny bit earlier.
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Not nearly as exciting as I thought this would be. If I'm not mistaken, aren't they using the principle of (omg forgot what its called). Basically when frequecies layer on top of each other.

While this is great and all, I think it would be better of we could even get an object to move at 1/10 the speed of light.
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Interesting.

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Not nearly as exciting as I thought this would be. If I'm not mistaken, aren't they using the principle of (omg forgot what its called). Basically when frequecies layer on top of each other.
While this is great and all, I think it would be better of we could even get an object to move at 1/10 the speed of light.

Yeah, who cares about neutrinos or signals? I want to be teleported to Mars in a fraction of a second! tongue.gif

Seriously, this could be interesting if it turns out to be true but all too often a newspaper picks up the story and gets it all wrong. This is especially common with science stories as the dedicated science journalists are being phased out from major newspapers.
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Beam me up scotty...
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