Einstein’s theory of special relativity, proposed in 1905, states that nothing in the universe can travel faster than the speed of light. But CERN scientists using a 1300-ton particle detector have measured particles travelling faster than the speed of light.
If confirmed, this discovery could invalidate Albert Einstein’s 1905 theory of special relativity and revolutionize physics.
The OPERA Neutrino Detector:
Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the international group of researchers, said that measurements taken over three years showed neutrinos pumped from CERN near Geneva to Gran Sasso in Italy had arrived 60 nanoseconds quicker than light would have done.
“We have high confidence in our results. We have checked and rechecked for anything that could have distorted our measurements but we found nothing,” he said. “We now want colleagues to check them independently.”
Neutrinos are created naturally from the decay of radioactive materials and from reactions that occur inside stars. Neutrinos are constantly zipping through space and can pass through solid material easily with little discernible effect… as you’ve been reading this billions of neutrinos have already passed through you!