CERN claims faster-than-light particle measured


GENEVA (AP) — Scientists at the world’s largest physics lab say they have clocked subatomic particles traveling faster than light. If that’s true, it would break — if not severely twist — a fundamental pillar of physics.

Nothing is supposed to go faster than light. But scientists say that neutrinos — one of the strangest well-known particles in physics — smashed past the cosmic speed barrier of 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers).

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, says the speeds were detected in a neutrino beam fired from Geneva to a lab 454 miles (730 kilometers) away in Italy.

Baffled scientists are asking others to independently verify the measurements or find other more mundane explanations for the measured speed.