[GOOOOOO SCIENCE!] Faster-than-speedlight may be possible, after all!

Discussion in 'Archive: Your Jedi Council Community' started by MandalorianDuchess, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. MandalorianDuchess Jedi Master

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    Yes, according to this.

    If neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light, then I guess anything's possible. [face_thinking]
  2. DantheJedi Force Ghost

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    OH YEAH BABY!

    This is what I'm talking about!

    Somebody get started on a warp-drive engine STAT!
  3. Chewgumma Chosen One

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    One step closer my darling.[face_love]
  4. Jabbadabbado Manager Emeritus

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    We're going to need a new $100 billion collider to really get to the bottom of this.
  5. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    Interesting. More than likely this will come out as an anomlie or a fault and not an example of FTL. Still:

    Gillies told The Associated Press that the readings have so astounded researchers that they are asking others to independently verify the measurements before claiming an actual discovery.

    "They are inviting the broader physics community to look at what they've done and really scrutinize it in great detail, and ideally for someone elsewhere in the world to repeat the measurements," he said Thursday.

    Scientists at the competing Fermilab in Chicago have promised to start such work immediately.



    That is a very important paragraph.

  6. Im_just_guessing Jedi Grand Master

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    Is it important because its the first time science reporting has come close to accurately relaying what the scientists told the reporters?
  7. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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    Now I have Ray Of Light stuck in my head.
  8. Lord Vivec Chosen One

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    If three weeks later there isn't a perfectly normal explanation to this I'll eat vegetables.
  9. SithLordDarthRichie London CR

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    And there was me thinking Einstein had made faultless predictions. Only goes to show, nothing in science is certain
  10. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    This.


    Except I'll eat vegetables anyway because I like them.:p
  11. Lord Vivec Chosen One

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    Weirdo :p
  12. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Eh. If true, it'd be a big deal for scientists but people are being stupid about it.
  13. DarthHutt Force Ghost

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    This will likely have a larger impact on the creation of a cold fusion reactor than actual FTL travel.
  14. Aytee-Aytee Force Ghost

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  15. Lord Vivec Chosen One

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  16. Lady_Sami_J_Kenobi Force Ghost

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    The speed was measured in nanoseconds. Nanoseconds! Looks like we won't be going to plaid any time soon.

    But, it is interesting...
  17. Darth Guy Chosen One

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    Subatomic particles = spaceships



    Yawn.
  18. Kiki-Gonn Chosen One

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    Oh please, scientists can't even figure out if water is good or bad for kidney stones yet.
  19. hear+soul Force Ghost

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  20. Mar17swgirl Chosen One

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  21. Ghost Chosen One

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    They've found things before that they thought were going "faster than light," only to find out years later that it wasn't true. It will probably turn out the same way with this.
  22. duende Force Ghost

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    seems a bit suspect.
  23. GrandAdmiralJello Moderator Communitatis Litterarumque

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    Well, they've found things travel faster than light through some ridiculously viscous thing. So, yes, you can slow light down enough that other things travel faster than it but that's different from traveling faster than what the speed of light in a vacuum would be.
  24. SithLordDarthRichie London CR

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    A theory being thrown around now is the whole thing of extra dimensions, which the particles could use as a shortcut to get to the destination faster than expected. These dimensions are not detectable with current technology, so we don't register it. It may well be that the particles used mini-wormholes.

    After all, surely arriving before you left is impossible....
  25. Lord Vivec Chosen One

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    Here's the preprint of the official paper.

    It's friday night, so I only did a cursory reading of it. The first part is just an explanation of their detector, which is interesting if you want to find out how detectors work. You get to the good stuff starting on section 3. Their methods seem sound upon first glance and their statistical significance of 6 sigma is definitely powerful.

    I'm still skeptical though. That whole supernova stuff in 1987.