Friday, September 23, 2011

Faster than light particles found, claim scientists

Ian Sample,  Guardian, September 23, 2011

"It is a concept that forms a cornerstone of our understanding of the universe and the concept of time – nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. But now it seems that researchers working in one of the world’s largest physics laboratories, under a mountain in central Italy, have recorded particles travelling at a speed that is supposedly forbidden by Einstein’s theory of special relativity.

Scientists at the Gran Sasso facility will unveil evidence on Friday that raises the troubling possibility of a way to send information back in time, blurring the line between past and present and wreaking havoc with the fundamental principle of cause and effect.

They will announce the result at a special seminar at Cern – the European particle physics laboratory – timed to coincide with the publication of a research paper (pdf) describing the experiment."

What does the Bible teach about going back in time or traveling faster than light? Do you think this paper is valid science?  Did they follow the scientific method?  How could this research be used to glorify God?  Who paid for this research and did that have an influence on how the results were reported?

It may be a while before you understand the details of their report, but some Christians need to understand these physics details in order to help show how the results bring glory to God and support Biblical creation.