Thursday, August 16, 2007

Is nothing sacred?

My high school physics teacher, Mr. Reifler (imagine the fun we had with that name), taught me that one of the most immutable laws of the universe is that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. The great Einstein said so. Now this...
'We have broken speed of light'
A phenomenon called quantum tunnelling, which allows sub-atomic particles to break apparently unbreakable laws. Nothing's sacred anymore.

1 comment:

Tom Strange said...

Never, ever, ever, say never in the physical world. Whole industries have been founded on what was once thought impossible. At the same time, Dr. E was no nit wit either. If you investigate this, you find the conditions are quite special. The microwave photons can seem to move so quickly, since in a manner of speaking, they were always there to begin with, just localized in a different area. But the transfer of information at instantanious speed has value in computing, even if warp speed and transporters are still the stuff of space opera.