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Light's Most Exotic Trick Yet: So Fast it Goes ... Backwards?

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posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:59 AM
"In the past few years, scientists have found ways to make light go both faster and slower than its usual speed limit, but now researchers at the University of Rochester have published a paper today in Science on how they've gone one step further: pushing light into reverse."

This is a strange one to wrap your head around~well I had a hard time with it anyway.

Well done to the scienitsts at Rochester University though...for whatever they've done

[edit on 02/10/08 by karl 12]

posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 11:15 AM
Wow this is really freaking cool, I wonder what it would look like if more than just a beam went backwards; such as an entire image.

posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 11:43 AM
This makes me think of a recent Eureka episode "I Do Over", where a scientist made a photon go backwards, and it ended up creating a time loop.

If someone does this and I end up having to repeat elementary school again, there will be consequences! hehehe

posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 02:41 PM
I always thought the black part of UFOs were reversed
lightning or a strong electric field in reverse of any bright
electrostatic spot.

Yeah the electric field does it.

ED: Perhaps this is a transmission line effect cause he is using
fiber optics.. clue this guy in.

[edit on 10/14/2008 by TeslaandLyne]

posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 02:57 PM
You might be interested in some of the responses in this thread.

I didn't understand it then, and I don't understand it now. But it is pretty interesting.

posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 02:58 PM
Thats very intriguing

Im not sure I got my head around it right though, is it like some kind of anti-light?

posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 03:18 PM
reply to post by yeahright

Thats your thread. Still a fiber optics effect.
Pop science we call it in Tesla research.
Not the million volt electric effect on supposed UFO photos.
UFOs are always a Mylar balloon and shadow and reflection effect.
Under pressure you will submit to their proof.

posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 05:59 PM
that's really cool!

is there any practical application to this though? i mean do they have an end goal other than just proving it can be done?

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