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The New York Times
GENEVA (AP) — Einstein may have been right after all.
European researchers said Friday they had measured again the speed of a subatomic particle that a September experiment suggested traveled faster than the speed of light, violating Einstein’s special theory of relativity, which underlies much of modern physics.
The research team, led by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Carlo Rubbia, found that the particles, neutrinos, do not travel faster than light.
Tiny subatomic particles are challenging Einstein's decades-old conclusion that nothing can travel faster than light. Next up: intense scrutiny of the finding.
European physicists have measured tiny particles called neutrinos moving just faster than the speed of light--only a smidgen faster, but enough to raise a serious possibility that Einstein's physics need a major overhaul.
September 7, 2010
THE GRAND DESIGN
By Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow
Illustrated. 198 pages. Bantam Books/Random House. $28.