blue laserScientists have made a discovery that, if confirmed, could rewrite the laws of physics.

An international group of researchers at the CERN lab in Switzerland said it has measured a sub-atomic particle, called a neutrino, moving faster than the speed of light — something that was supposed to be impossible.

On Thursday, the world’s biggest physics lab unveiled a shocking finding: that one type of subatomic particle was clocked going faster than the speed of light. If true, it could undercut Einstein’s theories.

Albert Einstein’s 1905 special theory of relativity, the famous equation (E=mc-squared), which says energy equals mass times the speed of light squared, is a fundamental component of modern physics. It relies on the idea that nothing moves faster than light.  

CERN scientists say the results are hard to believe. Calling it a “measurement” rather than a discovery, they are determined to double check results.

(Source: VOA)