Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Faster Than a Speeding Wave

Can anything travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum?

No, or at least it’s presently thought that this would be impossible. It’s interesting, though, that there have been a couple of experiments in recent years which have observed particles called neutrinos moving faster than the speed of light. Even the scientists who carried out these experiments questioned the results, however, and they encouraged others to try to confirm their results or to find where a mistake might have been made in their measurements. In the end, they did find out that these results were caused by a mistake; there was a loose electrical cable that caused enough error to invalidate the results.


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