Scientists in Geneva announced a week ago that they had documented a finding that would shake the scientific world. These scientists claimed to have clocked a subatomic particle traveling 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light. For those of us without doctoral degrees in physics, including myself, we ask ourselves the question…okay…so what??? From my understanding of the current science news reporting, Einstein’s Theory E-MC2 states that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light and the field of modern physics is founded on this theory. For this foundation and near fundamental theory of modern physics to be disapproved would be an earth shattering discovery in the scientific community. So to scientists around the world, this discovery is a pretty big deal. However, I am still not physicist–what I find most interesting about this discovery is the rate at which this news has spread not only to the scientific community, but to the population around the world. In my opinion, this finding would be similar to findings Galileo made back in the early 1600s. Galileo had scientifics findings that supported a theory that the earth revolved around the sun. At a time when few could read, few could write and many scientific findings were scrutinized or banned by the Catholic church, news of groundbreaking scientific discoveries traveled slow, if at all. In today’s society the widespread availability of news allows people globally to have immediate access to information via the internet, television and social media sites. In constrast to Galileo’s findings, within an instant of the scientists in Geneva’s findings being published, news of the discovery had been printed in articles both in newspaperes and online, broadcast on television networks around the world and even tweeted to millions of social network followers. People around the world received notification of this potentially huge scientific finding almost instantly, whereas not even hundreds of years ago but even decades ago this news would not have traveled so far or so fast. Do people necessarily understand or even care about this new scientific finding—that’s still to be determined, however now people have access to this information through the multitudes of high speed and widely available media news outlets.

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