Wondering about wild grapes

Friday, December 30, 2011

Wondering about the speed of light.

Since Einstein, everyone believed that nothing could go faster than light, except the money in my pocket. I am not going to bore you with the details, and I got lots to do today; rush jobs for two customers. I am simply going to tell you that a bunch of physicists in Europe fired neutrinos (I believe I talked about neutrinos before) from Geneva, Switzerland to Gran Sasso, Italy through mostly solid rock. They checked and rechecked but kept coming up with a speed that was faster than the speed of light! They got to their destination only 17-millionth of a second earlier than the speed of light, but as any policeman will tell you, “any thing over the speed limit is breaking the law. . .”

So, what does that mean to us? Well, we could be able to receive a message before it was sent. Yep, time travel. We are entering into an era of time when old sci-fi fiction is becoming a reality. Neutrinos seem to be able to pass through anything unscathed and without a noticeable drop in speed. But I wonder, maybe they act a little like sound. Sound travels faster through solids than it does through air. Of course, sound is wave and neutrinos are particles.

Oh well, now that I got my head to spinning, I better get to my work before I get too dizzy. You all have a great day today, and for some of you, the last day of work this year.


  1. Anyone that has seen "Star Trek" knows you can go faster than the speed of light.
    I try to not think of such things as it makes me dizzy.

  2. I wish you would stop throwing out those mind crushing thoughts so early!

    I may have to start another pot of coffee to read some more about this stuff!

    Thanks and good luck on your rush jobs!

  3. I think the "wormhole" theory makes more sense than "faster than the speed of light". A shortcut, so to speak.

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  5. This past year went by at the speed of light. I don't want to go faster. How do we slow time down?
    Happy New Year!

  6. At my age, I have more problem keep'n up with the speed of sound than try'n to keep up with the speed of light. And now ya tell me there's something faster.....

  7. I know something that keep up with the speed of light! You ever try to slip sunrise by a rooster?

  8. Oldfool, A lot of the things on Star Trek are coming true. I will have to do a blog on that sometime. Will try to keep you dizzy.

    Hermit, just wait until later in the day to read my blog. (grin). Thanks for stopping by.

    Gypsy, most of the short cuts I have taken in life turned out to be more trouble than the long way, hope the wormhole is not like that. . .

    Trouble, thanks for the link. It looks like there are different kinds.

    Jill, just wait until you get as old as I am. I get up in the morning, turn around, and a week went by. Happy new year to you and yours.

    BB, at our age there is always something faster, trouble is it seems to be time that is going faster.

    Ben, I know what you are talking about. We used to have a lot of chickens and at one time we had 8 roosters.

  9. I believe it was Woody Allen who said it was a bad idea to exceed the speed of light -your hat keeps blowing off.

  10. 6bears, that sure does sound like something Woody Allen would have said. I would think more that a hat would blow off (grin)

  11. You know, up until Einstein, people believed that that acceleration was a linear function. You could always send a certain amount of energy to go a certain amount faster, independent of how fast you're going to start off with. I don't blame Newton, but we always seem to find that there is a bit more to learn. I wonder what the next step will be.

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