Albert Einstein first published his theory of special relativity back in 1905. Although the physics are complex, the theory has one simple rule: the speed of light cannot be broken. And, since then, it's kept its place as the universal "top speed."
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Scientists at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, however, published a study that expanded on Einstein's original formulas. The new models, they say, suggest that speeds faster than the speed of light might be (theoretically) possible.
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How? The scientists broke down existence into two categories: our observable universe, where everything obeys the speed of light limits introduced by Einstein, and an alternate universe, where objects can move with an infinite velocity -- the latter suggesting that such high speeds might be possible.
Since the theory explores an alternate universe, though, there's no way to apply it in any experiments. James Hill, one of the lead researchers of the experiment, says that the research could still prove as a key to understanding things like black holes and colliding galaxies.
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