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Breaking the speed of light
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, August 16, 2007

The world of bizarre science has had a new door opened for it. I'll explain in a minute:
A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light - an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.

According to Einstein's special theory of relativity, it would require an infinite amount of energy to propel an object at more than 186,000 miles per second.
Not so say our German pair:
The pair say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons - energetic packets of light - travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.

[...]

The scientists were investigating a phenomenon called quantum tunnelling, which allows sub-atomic particles to break apparently unbreakable laws.

Dr Nimtz told New Scientist magazine: "For the time being, this is the only violation of special relativity that I know of."
First Barry Bonds* and now this.

Oh, as for the bizarre side of things - speaking of time travel:
Being able to travel faster than the speed of light would lead to a wide variety of bizarre consequences.

For instance, an astronaut moving faster than it would theoretically arrive at a destination before leaving.
Just imagine all the things you could go back and "fix" (not considering the law of unintended consequences, of course).
 
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I have read about quantum tunneling for about a year now. The only practical aspect that reveals itself at this time would be instantaneous communication (since only energy can tunnel). It would be great for long distance space voyages.

Right now, even at light speed there is a delay of several hours at planetary distances.
 
Written By: kyleN
URL: http://impudent.blognation.us/blog
"For instance, an astronaut moving faster than it would theoretically arrive at a destination before leaving."
Only from the perspective of someone at the destination.

 
Written By: Grimshaw
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For instance, an astronaut moving faster than it would theoretically arrive at a destination before leaving.
I’d love to know where the reporter got this theory from. At best it would make travel instantaneous. Guess Time Travel makes better news.
 
Written By: Boogs
URL: http://bornandbred.blogspot.com/
This reminds me of when those scientists discovered "cold fusion" and suddenly the world was abuzz with the concept of cheap, plentiful energy. Then...pffffffffff

I don’t buy it.
 
Written By: Eric Lindholm
URL: http://vikingpundit.blogspot.com
Just imagine all the things you could go back and "fix"
I loved that show...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Just imagine all the things you could go back and "fix"
I loved that show...
Don’t you mean this show
 
Written By: jpm100
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First Barry Bonds* and now this.
Get back to me when someone breaks Nolan Ryan’s strikeout record. Then I’ll start worrying about fundamental laws of the universe being broken.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Don’t you mean this show
Don’t get me wrong... Great show and all, but I just loved Seven Days... Frank Parker was a great character.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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"There once was a lady named Bright,
Who could travel much faster than light.
She set out one day,
In a relative way,
And returned on the previous night."

Sorry, I just couldn’t help it.
 
Written By: blackwing1
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