Trying to explain speed

You might recall an event that occurred only three weeks ago that some heralded as new physics, an upending of conventional thought, and the introduction to a new world hard to comprehend.  I’m not referring to the Facebook update. I’m referring to CERN’s discovery of neutrinos that measured speeds exceeding the speed of light.  I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post that day but I really did, and do, find it fascinating.  Despite the fact I suspect most of the world has moved on and has already forgotten about those invisible neutrinos, I intend to stay tuned in.

Herewith, this article from Wired today that offers up all kinds of mundane explanations for the speedy neutrinos. Scientists are hard at work seeking reason when only passion is apparent.  We’ll see where this goes.  I’ll keep you posted.  🙂

If only Albert knew

What is one to make of the news that Albert Einstein may have been wrong about the theory of special relativity? Since that theory was developed over a hundred years ago and has been put to the test constantly since, it has become so ingrained in our subconscious that to consider it may be wrong is, well,… wrong.

Researchers at the CERN (you know, that massive underground particle accelerator in the Swiss Alps some people felt would turn the Earth into a black hole) have recorded some sub-atomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light. What? Think of the excitement for the big brains at NASA, MIT, and Fedex.  Lots of possibilities.

Actually, I’m relieved for CERN that they may be on to something big.  So much money poured into that venture from so many nations on such great promise and so little evidence.  For those of us who have been waiting for decades to see some major shift in the universe, this is a red letter day.  Too bad it was announced on the same day Facebook announced its new features, including timeline.