Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. It’s a simple rule of physics, thought up by Albert Einstein, that is pretty much accepted all over the world. But physicists at CERN may have spotted neutrinos traveling faster than light.
The news is so groundbreaking, that the world of science isn’t exactly ready to accept it. The CERN team will put their results up online for scientists to scrutinize over. Also, other scientists will try to duplicate the results. Chicago’s Fermilab said that it will begin its own experiments immediately.
Report author Antonio Ereditato, told the BBC:
“We tried to find all possible explanations for this. We wanted to find a mistake – trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects – and we didn’t. When you don’t find anything, then you say ‘Well, now I’m forced to go out and ask the community to scrutinize this.’”
Has Albert Einstein’s special relativity theory been debunked?