Hoax Alert: CERN Scientists DID NOT 'Break The Speed Of Light'

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

A 2011 article from the Telegraph is going viral online, saying that scientists at CERN managed to measure particles traveling faster than the speed of light. If true, this would have major impications for the world of physics (and prove Einstein wrong in the bargain).


Image: CERN

In fact, scientists proved no such thing: in 2012 the Telegraph published a retraction, explaining the results were due to a technical malfunction with a faulty wire in the equipment. Yes, even a machine as big as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) can malfunction if a tiny wire is not connected properly.

What this experiment does prove: old news can sometimes travel faster than the speed of retraction, as proven by this scientific graph from our Large Trend Olizer (Trendolizer):

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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