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Exploring “A Slower Speed of Light”

Produced by MIT Game Lab, A Slower Speed of Light is an open-source “game prototype” that takes players on a (very) short tour of the relativistic nature of light. It’s more a demonstration than a game, though. Players are tasked with collecting floating spheres, and for each sphere they collect, the speed of light slows …

Strange Patents: An “Interstellar Space Craft”

So here’s a patent application for a “tubular shaped interstellar space craft,” filed on November 14, 2008. It’s an ambitious patent, outlining a “plasma based aircraft” that can “approach the speed of light,” and it’s packed full of gadgets: “The craft has a proton accelerator, plasma guns, diversion devices…This invention is comparable to the discovery of …

Neutrinos! Stop, In The Name Of The…Laws Of Physics!

I suppose I should write something about the outcome of that whole faster-than-light neutrino situation, given that I’ve written so much about them already. But I’ll make this one quick. On Friday, scientists at CERN announced the results of their latest neutrino speed test, called the Icarus experiment. The final answer? Neutrinos do not travel …

Light Particles Captured On Camera

Scientists have developed a “new imaging solution” that operates at a rate of one trillion frames per second, effectively allowing them to capture the propagation of light particles. What you see in the video is a short “burst of laser light” beaming through a [Coke] bottle.

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Latest faster-than-light neutrinos test yields same results

Neutrinos just don’t seem to be cooperating with our cosmological constant. Back in September, physicists working on the OPERA project fired neutrinos from CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, to Gran Sasso Italy. Afterwords, they discovered the neutrinos had arrived 60 seconds before light would have, a finding that could, if true, greatly undermine our current physics …