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Throwing Einstein on the Bonfire?

Physicists in Geneva have been horsing around with subatomic particles again:

“The physics world is abuzz with news that a group of European physicists plans to announce Friday that it has clocked a burst of subatomic particles known as neutrinos breaking the cosmic speed limit — the speed of light — that was set by Albert Einstein in 1905.”

The announcement comes with all the usual disclaimers and maybe-nots.  “Before throwing Einstein on the bonfire, you would like to see an independent experiment,” says John Ellis, a CERN theorist who knows how fickle neutrinos can be.

The good news is that if neutrinos can go faster than light, in Einstein’s own words, “You could send a telegram to the past.” 

Where will you send your first telegram? Mine will go to that hapless cop in the white Stetson hat next to Lee Harvey Oswald.  After that, either Archduke Ferdinand or Buddy Holly.

{ Photo of Einstein provided by WENN }

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