EVEN SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS CHANGE!
Now true science says, let's recalculate and find the answer.
Perhaps there is something about our lives that we can learn from this.
If you thought that one thing that would not change, like E=mc2....WELL THINK AGAIN. Or not.
Einstein said: "Nothing is faster than the speed of light"
If you thought the fundamentals of science, were solid and unchanging, time to reconsider. Thousands of scientists are doing just that..
Albert Einstein's physics, determined that nothing was faster than the speed of light. Well, now we need to recheck and think again. In Europe, physicists have measured something faster. Neutrinos.
We have seen major changes in culture, religion, music, social standards, and now, again, we see that even the holy grail of science, is being questioned.
In a "Star Wars" style experiment, neutrinos were sent in a beam from CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, to INFN (Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare) Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy, 454 miles) away.
CERN PARTICLE ACCELERATOR
Neutrinos were shown to travel faster than the speed of light.
Particle accelerators send subatomic particles to higher and higher speeds, requiring more energy to attain proximity to the speed of light. Instead of going faster when driven with higher-energy accelerators, the particles get heavier. That phenomenon is described by Einstein's famous equation linking energy (E), mass (m), and the square of the speed of light (c): E=mc2.
The OPERA experiment rated neutrino speed of 2 thousandths of a percent faster than the speed of light.
As a result (as with all change, when assumptions are challenged) a lot of very smart people, are considering the implications that Einstein's fundamental theory, upon which much of modern physics and science has been based, may be flawed. Note the caveat, that is being repeated: "if the result is validated".
174 authors, of a scientific paper says: "We cannot explain the observed effect in terms of presently known systematic uncertainties. Therefore, the measurement indicates an early arrival time of neutrinos with respect to the one computed assuming the speed of light in vacuum."
"This result comes as a complete surprise," said Antonio Ereditato, professor at Bern and spokesman for OPERA. "The potential impact on science is too large to draw immediate conclusions or attempt physics interpretations."
Who knows, perhaps this is simpy a mistake in calibration or measurement. But it does suggest that we should always be open to new information and refine our thinking without blind alliegances.
I recall a statement of the great Tibetan Buddhist leader, H.H. the Dalia Lama. "Change is existence. All things are changing constantly. It is the nature of existence. We must embrace change, because the only reality we truly know is not the past or the future, it is this instant of now." Ben Boothe, Sr.