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Topic: Speed of light may not be constant, physicists say
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Dr. Jai Maharaj

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Re: Speed of light may not be constant, physicists say
Posted: Apr 30, 2013 1:56 AM
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Dr. Jai Maharaj posted:
>
> Speed of light may not be constant, physicists say
>
> By Jesse Emspak
> LiveScience
> Fox News
> Monday, April 29, 2013
>
> Lasers have come a long way since they were invented in
> 1960. (ornl.gov)
>
> The speed of light is constant, or so textbooks say. But
> some scientists are exploring the possibility that this
> cosmic speed limit changes, a consequence of the nature
> of the vacuum of space.
>
> The definition of the speed of light has some broader
> implications for fields such as cosmology and astronomy,
> which assume a stable velocity for light over time. For
> instance, the speed of light comes up when measuring the
> fine structure constant (alpha), which defines the
> strength of the electromagnetic force. And a varying
> light speed would change the strengths of molecular bonds
> and the density of nuclear matter itself.
>
> A non-constant speed of light could mean that estimates
> of the size of the universe might be off. (Unfortunately,
> it won't necessarily mean we can travel faster than
> light, because the effects of physics theories such as
> relativity are a consequence of light's velocity). [10
> Implications of Faster-Than-Light Travel]
>
> Two papers, published in the European Physics Journal D
> in March, attempt to derive the speed of light from the
> quantum properties of space itself. Both propose somewhat
> different mechanisms, but the idea is that the speed of
> light might change as one alters assumptions about how
> elementary particles interact with radiation. Both treat
> space as something that isn't empty, but a great big soup
> of virtual particles that wink in and out of existence in
> tiny fractions of a second.
>
> Continues at:
>

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/04/29/speed-light-may-not-be-constant/

Forwarded post:

Shocker (not). I’m also figuring it’s a matter of time
(possibly soon, considering this post) before they figure
out that light isn’t actually the speed limit, light has
“mass”, and that dark matter/energy doesn’t exist because
it isn’t needed to satisfy their observations.

Addressing the universe mathematically will teach you an
awful lot, but it doesn’t solve everything. I believe
it’s a “forest for the trees” problem.

Of course, to a mathematician I’m an unqualified boob -
but it’s not the first time I’ve sat back and said “well
duh” at one of these “discoveries”.

- TheZMan

End of forwarded post.

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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