Further Weirdness

No sooner do I post a potentially world-shattering piece of
time travel information
when along comes something potentially even weirder. To paraphrase today's Telegraph:

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.

- I don't know how I can cope with all this meddling with the universe going on in my daily broadsheets. The Guardian is going to have to pull something seriously bizarre out of the hat to top this. Perhaps some kind of story that links Toynbee to string theory, or Monbiot to an army of nanobots.


Brit said...

"arrive at a destination before leaving."

Hm. All I can say about this is... wasn't that a great album cover for Dark Side of the Moon?

worm said...

hahah yeah it is a bit like that...too weird to actually make any sense!

I haven't listened to any pink floyd apart from crazy diamond, and even that only a handful of times!

shame on me!