The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts
In the science news this week are some neutrinos (tiny neutral particles) which, according to the experimental data, have been breaking the speed limit on their way from Switzerland to Italy, and by speed limit I mean the ultimate speed limit, the speed of light. Nobody is quite sure what to make of this yet, especially since it flies somewhat in the face of Albert Einstein's rather solid theories, which have otherwise been supported over and over by pretty much everything we've been able to observe. Neutrinos are notoriously difficult to detect, and the time differences involved are quite tiny, so many scientists have pointed out that it's entirely possible that there is simply some shortcoming in the data collection. Others have proposed extra-dimensional jumps as an explanation. Possibly it's just that the scientists are not using International Color Time, who knows? Me, I always think gravity is the culprit, it warps space-time and screws up everything. But I also like the idea that there are some plucky particles defying the established wisdom, and why should light get to be the fastest thing, anyway? What's so special about light?
In the vacuumed empty vastness
Copyright © 2011 by Dave Grossman
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