Obeying the cosmic speed limit

Scientists have determined that neutrinos do not travel faster than the speed of light after all.  Last year, as we posted here and discussed here, an experiment indicated that they did, which would upend much of modern physics.  But apparently a timing device was malfunctioning.  Multiple replications of the experiment show that neutrinos do, in fact, obey the speed limit.  Modern physics is safe, for now.

Neutrinos totally do not travel faster than light, say scientists (+video) – CSMonitor.com.

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  • Pete

    How does one reconcile this finding with the claim of Cool Papa Bell – a player in the old Negro baseball league – that he was so fast that, when he turned off the light switch by the door at night, he was under the covers and asleep before the room was dark?

  • Pete

    How does one reconcile this finding with the claim of Cool Papa Bell – a player in the old Negro baseball league – that he was so fast that, when he turned off the light switch by the door at night, he was under the covers and asleep before the room was dark?

  • Carl Vehse

    Maybe Cool Papa Bell’s bedroom had an index of refraction much, much greater than one.

  • Carl Vehse

    Maybe Cool Papa Bell’s bedroom had an index of refraction much, much greater than one.

  • fws

    I will sleep better tonight knowing that this order remains in the universe.

  • fws

    I will sleep better tonight knowing that this order remains in the universe.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Pete – quite simple. In the rush to perform this feat, he obviously bumped his head, and the resultant stars too a long time in disappearing…

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    Pete – quite simple. In the rush to perform this feat, he obviously bumped his head, and the resultant stars too a long time in disappearing…

  • WebMonk

    Whew! I lost oh-so-many nights to sleepless dread that neutrinos might be breaking the speed limit! Now I can finally have a good night’s sleep again. :-)

  • WebMonk

    Whew! I lost oh-so-many nights to sleepless dread that neutrinos might be breaking the speed limit! Now I can finally have a good night’s sleep again. :-)

  • Dr Luther in the 21st century

    There goes my neutrino based time machine.

  • Dr Luther in the 21st century

    There goes my neutrino based time machine.

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com John

    The bartender says, “We don’t serve faster than light particles here.”
    A neutrino walks into a bar. ;-)

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com John

    The bartender says, “We don’t serve faster than light particles here.”
    A neutrino walks into a bar. ;-)

  • Carl Vehse

    Causality effects aside, there still may be tachyons, unless we are not allowed to detect them.

  • Carl Vehse

    Causality effects aside, there still may be tachyons, unless we are not allowed to detect them.

  • Pete

    John @7 – how about this:

    A neutrino walks (briskly) into a bar.
    The bartender says, “We don’t serve faster than light particles here.”
    The neutrino hands him an empty glass and says, “I’ll have another.”

  • Pete

    John @7 – how about this:

    A neutrino walks (briskly) into a bar.
    The bartender says, “We don’t serve faster than light particles here.”
    The neutrino hands him an empty glass and says, “I’ll have another.”

  • http://schn00dles.wordpress.com/ Carl Nelson

    Perhaps the reason its hard to measure God is because He travels faster than the speed of light.

  • http://schn00dles.wordpress.com/ Carl Nelson

    Perhaps the reason its hard to measure God is because He travels faster than the speed of light.

  • fws

    carl @10

    Not if you are a calvinist.
    Calvin was certain there had to be a hole to walk through for Jesus to appear to the disciples before Thomas.
    His body had to obey all the Law of Physics.

    Thus the difference on the Lord’s supper. That difference was all about Christology.

  • fws

    carl @10

    Not if you are a calvinist.
    Calvin was certain there had to be a hole to walk through for Jesus to appear to the disciples before Thomas.
    His body had to obey all the Law of Physics.

    Thus the difference on the Lord’s supper. That difference was all about Christology.

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