Hundreds of scientists packed an auditorium at one of the world's foremost laboratories on the Swiss-French border to hear how a subatomic particle, the neutrino, was found to have outrun light and confounded the theories of Albert Einstein. Going faster than light is something that is just not supposed to happen, according to Einstein's 1905 special theory of relativity. The speed of light - 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second) - has long been considered a cosmic speed limit.
The team - a collaboration between France's National Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics Research and Italy's Gran Sasso National Laboratory - fired a neutrino beam 454 miles (730 kilometers) underground from Geneva to Italy. They found it traveled 60 nanoseconds faster than light. That's sixty billionth of a second, a time no human brain could register.Thousands Of Strange "Nazca Lines" Discovered In The Middle East - [The Daily Mail]
Peru’s Nazca Lines, the mysterious geoglyphs etched into the desert centuries ago by indigenous groups, are world famous – and now thousands of similar patterns have been found in the Middle East. Satellite and aerial photography has revealed mysterious stone ‘wheels’ that are more numerous and older than the Nazca Lines in countries such as Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The structures are thought to date back 2,000 years, but why they were built is baffling archaeologists and historians.Best. Simpsons Clips. Ever. - [Wired]
Sunday marks the Season 23 debut of The Simpsons -- a season that will include the 500th episode of America’s longest-running animated program. To mark this milestone, we asked Wired.com staffers to name their all-time favorite episodes, lines, nerdy send-ups and moments from the show. The picks kept rolling in, but we narrowed them down to 10.A Trip Around New Zealand (Photos) - [In Focus] Pic via