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    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."
    www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/3303699/We-have-broken-speed-of-light.html/

    Pretty damn cool if its true.
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    Cool - so I can arrive at work before the crisis happens and fix it, or stop it in its tracks
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    haha those wacky Germans....

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    I iza Teleporting!!!!!

    Damn this will open so many new possibilities.

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    "Sorry
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    * The page may have been moved, updated or deleted."

    Now how quick was that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devill View Post
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    ...that's not funny, Scotty... Now, beam up my clothes!
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    all they have to do now is find a way to turn astronauts into microwave photons

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gekco View Post
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    Now how quick was that?
    maybe they found out they were wrong because one of the scientists forgot to press the stopwatch button and thought it was instantaneous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gekco View Post
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    Now how quick was that?
    They've broken time, so the page hasn't been created yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky View Post
    maybe they found out they were wrong because one of the scientists forgot to press the stopwatch button and thought it was instantaneous.
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    ROFL @ you 2!

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    Yeah well Einstein has to be proved wrong in future anyway, to travel across space we need to go faster than the speed of light or else what's the point of having such a big universe. I think it is possible personally.
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    Like I said, just 1 observation can completely change long held beliefs and theories.

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    Like all theories, if enough learned people agree with it, and no-one can prove it wrong, it becomes one of 'our' facts, until someone can prove it wrong, then he needs a few people to agree with him, and no-one to prove him wrong, then he collects his Nobel and goes into the history books, until someone proves him wrong, then he needs a few people to agree with him, and .....................etc

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