8/16/2007

Final Frontier, Here We Come?

Every day there are news stories, and then some days there are stories that are truly news...news that, if true, can change everything in the universe as we know it. Today, we get one of those stories. Two German physicists say they have been able to break the speed of light.

What does that mean? Well, if their experiment indeed proves out, it basically means that everything we thought we knew about space and time is wrong. Einstein's famous Theory of Relativity says that it would require an infinite amount of energy to propel an object at more than 186,000 miles per second, i.e. it's impossible to go faster than the speed of light. However, these two physicists may have found a way around that.

Now, it's extremely early. This is one finding and it will have to be tested on a larger scale by many other scientists before it can claim an credence...but it's quite a step.