Overheard on CNN.com: Will warp drive be possible?
A monitor showing the first ultra high-energy collisions is seen at the CMS experiment control room at CERN in 2010.
September 23rd, 2011
04:33 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Will warp drive be possible?

Exchange of the Day:

"Remember when the Star Ship Voyager went beyond warp 10 and the crew de-evolved? Kind of like that ..."–9Destiny9

"Exactly like that, only completely different."–clearfog

Scientists: Particles appear to travel faster than light

The travels of a tiny particle called a neutrino may challenge Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, scientists say. An experiment in Switzerland shows the particles apparently defying nature by traveling faster than the speed of light. Some CNN.com readers wrote the problem may lie with neutrinos rather than with Einstein's theory.

Binky42 said, "Neutrinos are too understudied to make assumptions that blast Einstein's theories at this point. There has been no evidence so far (that I'm aware of) that muon neutrinos have mass. It's all based on assumption and not on empirical evidence. They have only scratched the surface of neutrino studies, and all they really know about them is that they are 'weird.'"

mcpersons said, "According to the theory of relativity, nothing with a rest mass that can be expressed as a real number can be observed to travel faster than light. Neutrinos were originally thought to be similar to light in that they would have zero rest mass (like particles of light, the photon) and would therefore travel at the speed of light. Some years back, however, it was discovered that there were in fact three types of neutrino, and that each type can 'switch' from one type to another. The theory on how they can 'switch' back and forth was based upon a new assumption that the rest mass of the neutrino was small but not zero: To my knowledge, this was an assumption of the oscillations between the three types, and not independently confirmed."

Brian222 said, "People are a little too excited about something that might very well be an error in measurement." kettlecorn replied, "It's not an error, there are other neutrino detectors around the world and at least one other has gotten the same results."

Many wanted to know how the discovery related to science fiction theories. enricorosan asked, "Does this mean that warp drive like in 'Star Trek' is possible? Sorry if my question offends people who are very knowledgeable in science." CEW replied, "No, this is more like the FTL drives in "Battlestar Galactica." Warping is like 'bending' space, akin to an artificial wormhole (I think)."

kettlecorn said, "More likely in our lifetimes, you will see this result in wireless power distribution, noninvasive surgery, covert surveillance and what is more likely than warp drive: just opening a window to wherever you want to step through to."

Football fans feel penalized by fall weddings

Weddings may be religious ceremonies, but for many football fans, it's sacrilege to schedule them during football season. Unfortunately, the start of fall marks the yearly conflict between love and scrimmage. Many CNN.com readers said it could be a difficult choice.

Owen4 said, "Hmm ... There's so many levels to the analysis here. How close is the person who invited me? My sister? No problem, I'm there. A cousin I barely know? Tougher call. And who is my team playing? Arch-rival or Podunk State? That's why I love these hard-hitting CNN stories; they make me think of such important stuff."

grimmsarahn said, "I would choose the wedding every time, but you better believe that I will be checking the score on my phone." PSAGuy said, "So you're a couple of hours late for the wedding. Plane was late; dog ate your directions; bad taxi driver took you to Omaha; there are a million excuses you could have used. Go Huskers!"

SC2Pilot said, "Weddings are not automatically prioritized above everything else in the world unless you're the bride. Brides need to get over themselves and realize the world does not revolve around them, even for a day."

As for recording the game to attend the wedding, kimaries417 said, "It's not the same to watch it after the fact unless you know nothing about the outcome; and unless you're in a bubble, someone is going to ruin it for you. Plus, by the time you race home to watch it, another game is on."

Toxic said, "My sister's wedding was the same day that Navy was playing Notre Dame. As my sister and my mother were fretting over the wedding dress, the priest and I were in the rectory, watching Navy take the lead in the first quarter. I waited a few years before I shared that with my mom. ;-)"

Bex88 said, "We did it. But my husband is a football coach. Most of the invited guests were football coaches. We waited until December, but the Big XII Championship Game (OU vs. LSU) ended up on the same day. Seriously, what are you going to do? We had a big screen TV and made sure there was plenty of time to get from the church to the reception before kickoff."

graciegal said, "My best friend got married on the first game of the season for us Cornhuskers. The game was at home, started at 2:30 p.m. Her wedding was at 5 pm. I flew in from Washington and had to miss the game entirely for her wedding. I love her and all but come on. ..."

Four things we learned from Thursday's GOP debate

The third GOP debate in three weeks showed a more confident Jon Huntsman and front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry squaring off over Social Security, immigration and health care, writes CNN's Peter Hamby. Many CNN.com readers expressed dismay over their choices.

Friedhuevos said, "I am a lifelong Republican, former military, Christian, and I am not gay. However, the GOP is now so far out of touch with reality, that I, like so many others, am searching for someone who represents us. Wake up Republican zombies. ... Pollution is warming the Earth. Gays are born that way, and Jesus would not support your persecution of them. Use your God-given intelligence to see how the GOP is now alienating immigrants, young people, gays, the poor, the middle class and the intellectuals – and denying all scientific realities. We, the new modern Republicans, will not vote for any of these current GOP candidates."

Lykos said, "I've heard a lot of moderate/independent people saying the same thing. We're not overall pleased with how Obama has done things, but we'll still have to give him a vote to keep any of these theocratic sociopaths out of office." CarrotCakeMa said, "All genuine conservatives have LEFT the GOP and are now voting Democratic."

Some CNN.com readers were also disturbed by the audience's behavior. ryan1986 said, "If every community has people like the ones in the audience at the debates, who boo servicemen, applaud the death penalty and cheer for uninsured people to die, I don't want anything to do with Ron Paul's vision of America."

ragun said, "The let-him-die and soldier-booing, bottom-of-the-barrel Republicans are still a prominent force in politics. Even at an event like this, and on live television, the rabid dogs of the Republican party can no longer keep things to themselves. It's not everyone in the party, but if you don't think that the Republican candidate will make policy with these people in mind, you are a fool.

TeaClown said, "Brown Shirts and jackboots ... sound familiar?"

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Jack Barry

    Bottom of the Barrel Repulicans – what an oxymoron – You are either Brain Washed, unimformed or an idiot – the quintesential definition of a democrat!

    September 23, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. s kel

    Wow how sad, im a democrat and at times voted republican because that was the right person to vote for. A canidate can be tooooo far right as ex: the tea party, which I hate, or extram ultra left wing liberal ,animal rights activates screaming at me for eating meat, I wanted to slap them with a foot long hot dog. It seems to me like compermise is out the door and the blame rest ,not all ,but mostly on the far right due to this so called tea party influence.

    September 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    See look at Jack Berry above me, typical head in a hole stupid far right winger tea bagger.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    When party affiliation becomes so rabid that one would vote for that candidate knowing full well that their platform will cause the downfall of America and they vote for them anyway, it's time to take stock of what value your basic freedoms are worth.

    Time to revamp the two-party system.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. trap happens

    i like to wear womens clothes msg me john47630 @ gmail

    September 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    So, neutrinos are what party?

    September 23, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    lmao @ s kel u go girl with them foot longs! @ banasy wouldnt u just like to do away with the party system all together? i would like to vote on the individual and really hate when i vote 4 someone in a certain party than i have to stick with that party

    September 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kabel

    I love how science plays favorites. Take science's view that the world was flat. Anyone who insisted otherwise at the time was labled a troublemaker if not burned as a heretic. Then there is the theory of evolution, again not a law but a theory I remind you, yet science followes along like a whimpering puppy insisting that evolution is law even though, by the rules of science evolution is still by all practical means a theory.The same hold's true for Einstein's theory of relativity, by science's own rules, it's still a theory yet science insists it's law and therefore unfoulable. Even Einstein said that there were things missing from his theory or relativity, things he said brought more questions than answers. yet now, people worship his work as again unfoulable. Not only that, but ask around and some scientists will telll you that all science is, is best guess. Einstein's theory could in fact be mostly right,but there might be exceptions, conditions which because of their complexity Einstein could not know. After all as time has progressed we have found as with all rules, some can be bent and some can be broken while others are absolute.

    If you still don't believe me or agree with me here is another thought for you, up untill October 14, 1947 the bulk of the scientific community insisted that manned flight could not and would not ever break the speed of sound. They were wrong then too.

    September 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    The Tea Party is piggy backing on the Republicans! They are a party in their own right,a spin off of the "classic" GOP, but rather than going through the process of establishing themselves as a true, independent party, they are leaching from the Republican Party & enjoying all the perks & attentions of an established party! It seems that is their modus operandi, fake, fraud, front their way into the election & the minds of the people & then spew their anti-everything rhetoric, excempting only the rich, white fundamental christians! They would never have got this far on their own, piggy backing on the Republicans was a brilliant albeit devious move!!

    September 23, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Karma Police

    Warped drive? I know some individuals that do that...registered offenders that they are...
    Huh..? WARP drive? Oh, that's very different.
    Never mind.

    September 23, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT ( WARP DRIVE REACTOR TECH )

    they already have warp drives... nasa made em back in 1971, the problem is that diithium crystals are very rare and only come from the moon.

    September 24, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT ( WARP DRIVE REACTOR TECH )

    does the object shrink the faster it goes?

    September 24, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. bobcat2u

    If the theory of relativity is no longer relative to the relativity of the known universe, what would be the new relativity in a related sense.

    September 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • HERKIMER SCHWARTZ (artist formerly known as bobcat2u)

      Relatively speaking, of course.

      September 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. turtles are fun

    ^ turtles.

    September 24, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Touchdown!

    Butler punts. Scott returns 2 yards to the Miss18. Lateral to Brassell for a TOUCHDOWN

    September 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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