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.