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'We Have Broken Speed Of Light'

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 11:43:58 -0400
Archived: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 11:43:58 -0400
Subject: 'We Have Broken Speed Of Light'

Source: The Daily Telegraph - London, UK



'We Have Broken Speed Of Light'

By Nic Fleming
Science Correspondent

A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of
light - an achievement that would undermine our entire
understanding of space and time.

According to Einstein's special theory of relativity, it would
require an infinite amount of energy to propel an object at more
than 186,000 miles per second.

However, Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen, of the
University of Koblenz, say they may have breached a key tenet of
that theory.

The pair say they have conducted an experiment in which
microwave photons - energetic packets of light - travelled
"instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved
up to 3ft apart.

Being able to travel faster than the speed of light would lead
to a wide variety of bizarre consequences.

For instance, an astronaut moving faster than it would
theoretically arrive at a destination before leaving.

The scientists were investigating a phenomenon called quantum
tunnelling, which allows sub-atomic particles to break
apparently unbreakable laws.

Dr Nimtz told New Scientist magazine: "For the time being, this
is the only violation of special relativity that I know of."

[Thanks to Nick Pope for the lead]

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