Friday, September 23, 2011

FTL or cold fusion?

Have scientists at the CERN particle accelerator really found neutrinos going faster than light? Or is this going to prove to be a flawed experiment, an artifact or even something more interesting, like an experimental condition messing with the speed of light itself?

Will it prove to be more than a laboratory effect?

And, of course, this opens the old question. If something can go faster than light, then where are all the aliens?

Here's one intriguing thought. Perhaps, due to the nature of relativity and causality, living beings cannot travel faster than light, limiting faster than light to communications and probes.

There's a thought for a hard science fiction future I might or might not have time to do anything with...