Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Life in the Fast Lane!

“There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.”  
– James Thurber

A neutrino walks into a bar and sees himself already sipping a beer at a table – huh? 
Well if the results from a recent experiment at the Cern labs are correct, that’s what could happen sometimes. The door to time travel being possible has just been opened a crack wider, all because some neutrinos fired from the particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland, arrived over the border in Gran Sasso, Italy, 0.00000006 seconds faster than they should have. 
Now I know that doesn’t sound very significant, but if not the result of some experimental error, then these particles may have just punched through the speed of light barrier. This should be impossible and Einstein may be well getting ready to spin in his grave!
This is big news, very big, because if true not only does he undermine Einstein’s long standing theory of relativity, a cornerstone of all modern physics, but it also means that time travel might actually be possible after all. 
Theories are beginning to circulate and one that seems to be gaining the most attention, is that these mischievous particles took a short cut through another dimension. The parallel reality theorists are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect – this could be their smoking gun helping to prove their ideas.
Now the waiting game begins as the experts pour over the data. I mean it has to be an error surely? But if it isn’t we could well be the brink of a whole new chapter in our understanding of physics, even if it means we’re going have to throw away all these texts book we’ve been studying. Only time will tell! 

11 comments:

  1. Wow! I am so excited about this news! I am a fan of Michio Kaku. His book Parallel Worlds is only one of my research reads for my first Science fiction fantasy book. My book is called "Dreams and Vampires," don't let the name throw you. It is about a parallel world where mythical creatures are sentient beings who have been coming to earth for thousands of years to manipulate our human DNA. They are responsible for the stories about Vampires and Werewolves and the Wicca religion. The Cern discovery would make my story more plausible. I will anxiously wait for more blogs from you. Please stop my my blog and read about my research.

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  2. Oh will do, Dee. Actually went to talk on quantum physics last night. I can confirm that without a doubt reality is very, very weird... and that's the view of a physicist!

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  3. It is great to have a physicist to communicate with, I would love to have you comment on my blogs about my parallel world.
    Quantum physics is an interest of mine because of my late husband. He was my inspiration for my book. Would it surprise you that hypnosis uses quantum physics in a particular technique? I am a PhD in Cynical Hypnosis. The technique is similar to "the cat in the box" theory. It is a powerful shortcut when using hypnosis for letting go of a negative thought that prevents a positive goal. It always works.

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  4. Oh I wish I were a physicist... I actually have to run my material past scientist friends! I just find quantum physics endlessly fascinating.
    The hypnosis sounds very interesting. Schrondinger's cat is such an excellent metaphor... endlessly fascinating and thought provoking.

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  5. I don't understand quantum physics - I wish I did - but the prospect that Einstein's theory could be wrong, and that time travel may exist, is fascinating. It also shows that there are so many things that we still don't know and so many possibilities, which is all very exciting.

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  6. It will be fascinating to see how this does pan out. Certainly something odd has happened although it may well turn out to be simply a mistake with the data.

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  7. Michio Kaku has a great way of explaining Quantum Physics in his book about parallel Worlds with "the cat in the box." Until you open the box and see the cat, it is both alive and dead at the same time. It is your interpretation once you open the box that determines whether the cat is alive or dead. Everything is an illusion.

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  8. The famous Schrodinger's cat. A perfect metaphor for reality and the change from waveform (both alive and dead) and a particle (a fixed state) as it's observed! Reality is barely there.

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  9. Fascinating post, Nick. None of it surprises me in the least. Nothing's changed other than they (see my blog for an explanation) are slowly dolling out the truth in small, palatable fragments. It's lovely to connect with you on Twitter @Fey1IlseofSkye. Peace. on Life in the Fast Lane! Comment from @cinemaprofound Hope you don't mind the minor edit ;o)

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  10. Been waiting for this for a long..er...time... :)

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  11. The latest news is that it may be down to some bad wiring in the experiment... this will hopefully confirmed one way or the other later this year. Science in action peeps! ;o) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17139635

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