reply to post by beezzer
tachyons are a theoretical particle that have been debunked. it's humorous in a way, because they travel so fast that they go backwards in time,
which would cause the results of the test for tachyons to be known BEFORE the test was performed.
if a particle was discovered that actually did travel faster than light, then physicists (usually having a great sense of humor) would probably name
the particle tachyons, or tachyonic-whatever.
there are things that do travel faster than light through a vacuum, it's just that nothing with mass can do this. light has been made to travel 300
times the speed of light through a non-vacuum (excited cesium gas if i remember correctly), and the pulse of light exited the far side of the chamber
before the main pulse entered the front, then the main pulse was cancelled out because the light exiting emitted the exact opposite frequency
backwards, or something. pretty cool stuff.