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Updated on September 24, 2011

Cern Experiment

Faster than Light

Now all the scientists are excited.

Cern in Switzerland, the world’s largest physics lab, has reported that it seems to have results of an experiment indicating that sub-atomic particles travelled faster than light.

If true, this shows Einstein’s theory that nothing could exceed the speed of light to be incorrect, opening up a whole new ball game in the field of physics.

Cern are so concerned about their findings that they have invited other scientists to check their results and findings. They are perhaps hoping that an error will be found so as not to turn previous theories held by scientists, upside down.

Some scientists are skeptical though, saying that there must have been errors in the calculations.

In 2007 scientists in the United States, thought that they had found similar findings but in their case the margin of error was too great and so did not cause a stir.

If these results are shown to be correct, then the question of course that will be left to answer: is time travel possible?


Fact or Fiction
Fact or Fiction


If it is really true that particles could travel faster than light, then one possible event would not be as exciting. It would mean that whilst scientists have been watching the skies for possible threats, such as super nova, in order to analyze the potential of damaging particles striking the earth. The damaging particles could reach earth before the scientists can observe them through their telescopes.

It would certainly mean that scientists will look into ways of making time travel possible.

However, even if these particles did reach their destination faster than expected, there is one theory that they still may not have travelled faster than light.

The theory is that of other dimensions. Perhaps the particles found a short cut.

An example would be: If you travelled from London to Sydney, you have to travel around the earth but if you could somehow go directly through the earth, the distance is shorter.

Could these particles have found a shortcut through another dimension?

If this were the case, then we are broaching on another science fiction favorite, that of the worm hole.

So, if the findings of Cern are found to be correct, we should look at the science fiction of time travel and worm holes with a different light.


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    • PETER LUMETTA profile image

      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      Either interdimensional or faster than light travel would definitely give the world a different outlook. Scotty, warp factor 5, engage.


    • diogenes profile image

      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Yes, very interesting this, it will make a difference in so many areas. I have often thought having an ultimate speed for anything, including light, didn't sound quite right much as I and most admired and revered Einstein. "Anything is possible" i guess. Good introductory article as we all take this on board...Bob