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Lab casts doubt on Einstein’s theory

Associated Press / September 23, 2011

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GENEVA - A pillar of physics - that nothing can go faster than the speed of light - appears to be smashed by an oddball subatomic particle that has apparently made a giant end run around Albert Einstein’s theories.

Scientists at the world’s largest physics lab said yesterday that they have clocked neutrinos traveling faster than light. That’s something that according to Einstein’s 1905 special theory of relativity - expressed in the famous equation E = mc{+2} equation - just does not happen.

The European Organization for Nuclear Research said a neutrino beam fired from a particle accelerator near Geneva to a lab 454 miles away traveled 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light. Given the enormity of the find, they rechecked their results and have asked others to verify it.

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