Speed-of-light results under scrutiny at Cern

By Jason Palmer

Science and technology reporter, BBC News

Enormous underground detectors are needed to catch neutrinos, that are so elusive as to be dubbed "ghost particles"

A meeting at Cern, the world’s largest physics lab, has addressed results that suggest subatomic particles have gone faster than the speed of light.

The team has published its work so other scientists can determine if the approach contains any mistakes.

If it does not, one of the pillars of modern science may come tumbling down.

Antonio Ereditato added "words of caution" to his Cern presentation because of the "potentially great impact on physics" of the result.

The speed of light is widely held to be the Universe’s ultimate speed limit, and much of modern physics – as laid out in part by Albert Einstein in his theory of special relativity – depends on the idea that nothing can exceed it.

Thousands of experiments have been undertaken to measure it ever more precisely, and no result has ever spotted a particle breaking the limit.

"We tried to find all possible explanations for this," the report’s author Antonio Ereditato of the Opera collaboration told BBC News on Thursday evening.

"We wanted to find a mistake – trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects – and we didn’t.

When you don’t find anything, then you say ‘well, now I’m forced to go out and ask the community to scrutinise this’.”

Friday’s meeting was designed to begin this process, with hopes that other scientists will find inconsistencies in the measurements and, hopefully, repeat the experiment elsewhere.

“Despite the large [statistical] significance of this measurement that you have seen and the stability of the analysis, since it has a potentially great impact on physics, this motivates the continuation of our studies in order to find still-unknown systematic effects,” Dr Ereditato told the meeting.

“We look forward to independent measurement from other experiments.”

Neutrinos come in a number of types, and have recently been seen to switch spontaneously from one type to another.

The Cern team prepares a beam of just one type, muon neutrinos, and sends them through the Earth to an underground laboratory at Gran Sasso in Italy to see how many show up as a different type, tau neutrinos.

In the course of doing the experiments, the researchers noticed that the particles showed up 60 billionths of a second earlier than they would have done if they had travelled at the speed of light.

This is a tiny fractional change – just 20 parts in a million – but one that occurs consistently.

The team measured the travel times of neutrino bunches some 16,000 times, and have reached a level of statistical significance that in scientific circles would count as a formal discovery.

But the group understands that what are known as “systematic errors” could easily make an erroneous result look like a breaking of the ultimate speed limit.

That has motivated them to publish their measurements.

“My dream would be that another, independent experiment finds the same thing – then I would be relieved,” Dr Ereditato told BBC News.

But for now, he explained, “we are not claiming things, we want just to be helped by the community in understanding our crazy result – because it is crazy”.

via BBC News – Speed-of-light results under scrutiny at Cern.


Comet Elenin Forecast for 9/2011 to 1/2012 and the Hopi Blue Star Kachina

Uploaded by yowbooks on Aug 25, 2011

Is Comet Elenin the feared Blue Star Kachina of Hopi Prophecy, Planet X, a dwarf sun or an alien mother ship? To date, approximately 1.5 million web pages are devoted to these concerns, and many with fearsome interest. But is this fear in any way justified? Perhaps so.

The forecast presented in this program is the result of hundreds of man hours of research by the Planet X Town Hall, Comet Elenin Research Team.





via Comet Elenin Forecast for 9/2011 to 1/2012 and the Hopi Blue Star Kachina – YouTube.

Russia Reports Exploding Afghan Time Well Killed Elite US Navy Seals

Posted by EU Times on Aug 10th, 2011

A shocking Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today states that nearly 50 American military troops and technicians have been “obliterated” after the “activation” of the “Time Well” holding an ancient “Vimāna” flying craft discovered late last year and believed to be over 5,000 years old.

In our 21 December 2010 report World Leaders Flock To Afghanistan After Mysterious ‘Time Well’ Discovered we first detailed this incredible discovery and as we can, in part, read:
“What caused the sudden rush of these most powerful leaders of the Western World to go to Afghanistan, this report continues, was to directly view the discovery by US Military scientists of what is described as a “Vimāna” entrapped in a “Time Well” that has already caused the “disappearance” of at least 8 American Soldiers trying to remove it from the cave it has been hidden in for the past estimated 5,000 years.

From the ancient accounts found in the Sanskrit epic The Mahabharata, we know that a Vimāna measured twelve cubits in circumference, with four strong wheels. Apart from its ‘blazing missiles’, The Mahabharata records the use of its other deadly weapons that operated via a circular ‘reflector’. When switched on, it produced a ‘shaft of light’ which, when focused on any target, immediately ‘consumed it with its power’.

To the “Time Well” encasing the Vimāna, this report continues, it appears to be an electromagnetic radiation-gravity field first postulated by Albert Einstein as the Unified Field Theory and long rumored to be behind the infamous American World War II experiment in teleportation called the Philadelphia Experiment that in 1943, like the events occurring in Afghanistan today, likewise, caused the sudden “disappearance” of US Soldiers.

The seemingly “perpetual” power source to this mysterious “Time Well”, this SVR report says, appears to be based on the technology of Edward Leedskalnin, who claimed to have discovered the “Secret Knowledge of the Ancients” and from 1923-1951 “single-handedly and secretly” carved over 1,100 tons of coral rock by an unknown process that created one of the World’s most mysterious accomplishments known as the Coral Castle.

Most intriguing of all about this report is its stating that not just any Vimāna has been discovered, but from the ancient writings contained in the cave where it was discovered, it claims that its “rightful owner” is the ancient prophet Zoroaster [pictured top right] who was the founder of arguably one of the most important religions of all time called Zoroastrianism.”…

via Russia Reports Exploding Afghan Time Well Killed Elite US Navy Seals | EUTimes.net.