Researchers Slow The Speed Of Light As It Travels Through A Vacuum

Normally, light zips through a vacuum at a blazing 186,282 miles per second. But as a new experiment by Scottish physicists has shown, this isn't always necessarily the case. » 1/23/15 12:40pm 1/23/15 12:40pm

How much stuff is in a light-year?

Imagine taking the distance that light travels in an entire year. Now turn that distance into a cube, each side one light-year across. How much "stuff" would be in there? And how empty would it be? It all depends on where you put your massive cube. » 1/31/14 6:40am 1/31/14 6:40am

How Someone Measured the Speed of Light by Accident

At a time when many thought the Speed of Light was infinite, a few brave souls tried to come up with a definite number for it. Most of them failed. There was one guy, however, who wasn't even trying, but came up with a great way to guess. Take a look at how he took his measurement, and what it has to do with the moons… » 12/13/12 4:00pm 12/13/12 4:00pm

What would the world look like if you approached the speed of light?

This truly awesome video has the answers to that question. It imagines a trip down a desert highway at speeds approaching light, and then shows all the weird and wonderful optical effects the theory of special relativity says we'd experience. » 10/18/11 11:20am 10/18/11 11:20am

What is the speed of smell?

The speed of light is 186,282 miles per second. The speed of sound is 761.2 miles per hour. That takes care of vision and hearing, but what about our other senses? Shouldn't there be a speed of smell? » 8/16/11 4:10pm 8/16/11 4:10pm

New experiment shows that time travel is even less likely than we…

A recent experiment stomps on the dreams of many theoretical physicists, hopeful children, and Star Trek IV fans. After a series of tests that suggested we might discover a theoretical form of time travel, scientists hit a brick wall. Or they had hit a brick wall. Or perhaps they will. Tough to get time travel grammar… » 7/27/11 6:30am 7/27/11 6:30am

The speed of light could turn the middle of the ocean into a…

When the world's financial giants begin creating vast artificial islands in the middle of the oceans to use as the hubs of stock-trading, it'll all be because of the speed of light. » 3/23/11 4:00pm 3/23/11 4:00pm

Spacetime invisibility cloaks can hide entire events inside temporal…

Invisibility cloaks are taking baby steps from science fiction to science fact. But there's an even stranger and more incredible possibility - an invisibility cloak that works in both space and time, shielding whole events from history itself. » 11/16/10 10:20am 11/16/10 10:20am

Three "Simple" Ways to Become a Chrononaut

In his eponymous Discovery Channel series, Stephen Hawking says that time travel is totally theoretically possible. Here are the three most straightforward ways to achieve it. » 5/12/10 12:40pm 5/12/10 12:40pm

Why Are Scientists Trying To Create Slow Light?

Achieving faster than light speed is one of the dearest dreams of science (and science fiction). But what about slowing light down? In the last ten years, scientists have done some amazing things by slowing down the speed of light. » 4/08/10 4:00pm 4/08/10 4:00pm