I don't know if it's been asked before, but I couldn't find a thread about it. I guess the news have spread to your ears already, but the speed of light has been broken with neutrinos and I can't come up with any scenario on the implications of this breakthrough. I suppose the 4 constants of the universe don't hold anymore, but I'm no physicist and would like the see your thoughts on the subject. What would Einstein think?? Sorry if this has already been answered.
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Until disproven, i'm holding into my (more likely) theory of conspirational nature, namedly, that a stuxnet-like virus has secretly been slightly altering GPS data. (in your nearest bookstore anytime soon!)
Seriously though, years ago, in the near post-cold war era, GPS data was known to be randomized on a 100 meter range. I don't know the current status of this but this is a far more likely scenario than neutrinos really going FTL all over our asses.
so my suggestion is to dismiss this as non-news, since what this "confirmation" experiment really confirmed, is that OPERA team is not to be taken seriously (i mean, seriously?, you don't have my GPS gauging measurements yet? oh thats ok, lets just publish that we are really good at collimating rays)
Well, if this is proven to be correct, it does not neccecary mean that "our" physics are all wrong. My physics teacher puts it this way: If the neutrino is proven to have some kind of special ability, which allows it to move faster than c, we will probably have to add a few laws for this special scenario. This is quite similar to the relativity theory and newtons laws. Even though F=m*a, p=m*v etc. don't really work(as special relativity has shown), the difference is so insignificant when v < 0.1*c, and therefore they are still "valid".