Is FTL Travel Possible?

Modern physicists currently say no, but an experiment at the CERN particle accelerator has thrown doubt on Einstein’s theory:

Has a Speeding Neutrino Really Overturned Einstein?
Michio Kaku @ the Wall Street Journal

Physicists fired a beam of neutrinos (exotic, ghost-like particles that can penetrate even the densest of materials) from Switzerland to Italy, over a distance of 454 miles. Much to their amazement, after analyzing 15,000 neutrinos, they found that they traveled faster than the speed of light—one 60-billionth of a second faster, to be precise. In a billionth of a second, a beam of light travels about one foot. So a difference of 60 feet was quite astonishing.

It’ll be interesting to see whether other groups will be able to replicate these results.

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One thought on “Is FTL Travel Possible?

  1. The question is…why did those neutrinos travel so fast…was it because they were using a particle accelerator (which is basically a gigantic magnet and therefore capable of warping space time ever so slightly?)

    Tesla's theory that a gigantic superconducting magnetic coil could alter the space/time continuum is the germ upon which Star Trek's warp drive engine was based. Their warp coil was an extremely powerful magnet…you can think of it like it's creating a fold in the piece of paper on which our universe is drawn…or perhaps you can conceive of the distance traveled as along a rubber band…and with a powerful enough magnet, the band can be slackened enough to propel you faster than light.

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