Faster than the Speed of Light

One phrase I always have disliked is: “It can’t be done”.

What couldn’t be done yesterday at some place may be done today at your place.

Everyone knows that the bumblebee can’t fly. Except the bumblebee. So it does fly.

We all know that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.

Well, until that a recent experiment at CERN showed that something apparently did travel faster than the light as told in an article on Sky News this morning called Amazement as Speed of Light ‘Is Broken’.

So, don’t always say that data quality can’t be improved because of this and that. Maybe it really couldn’t be done yesterday but things have changed today.

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6 thoughts on “Faster than the Speed of Light

  1. Tirthankar Ghosh 23rd September 2011 / 13:34

    Thanks Henrik for this post. The path breaking news did not catch my attention earlier. Thanks again. So far they have not found the existence of Higgs-Boson particle but what a shocking discovery regarding the neutrinos.
    Thanks again Henrik.

    • Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 24th September 2011 / 08:11

      You are welcome Tirthankar. I’m pleased to fill you in on latest science news while we are exchanging findings related to the art of data matching.

  2. Larisa Bedgood 23rd September 2011 / 14:14

    Henrik – Very interesting article. Einstein’s E=mc2 is such a pillar of physics. I’ll be interested to see follow-up testing based on CERN’s findings. A new thought – data quality can be improved but maybe we will be able to time-travel now to fix data quality problems at the source. Seems like anything is possible these days! Thanks for the post.

    • Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 24th September 2011 / 08:15

      That is a fantastic idea for exploiting this new discovery Larisa: Time travelling back to change data entry when we later find out, that it wasn’t right the first time.

  3. John Owens Dunedin 24th September 2011 / 01:51

    Hi Henrik

    A person who says with authority, “It can’t be done” is actually trying to conceal their vulnerability, namely, “I don’t know how to do that”. Sadly, this closed mind stance blocks them from learning and growing.

    A slightly more empowering starting point would be, “I can’t see how that can be done”. At least this opens them up to the possibility of learning.

    The really enlightened person would start with, “Now, that sounds exciting. How is it done?”

    Not sure that I am at the enlighten stage yet.


    • Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 24th September 2011 / 08:20

      Good suggestions for more open approaches to apparently unsolvable issues John. I have to admit I’m also not including the excitement all the times.

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