Scientists challenge Einstein's theory on speed of light

By Nathan Rousseau Smith, Buzz60

It's no secret, Albert Einstein was a bonafide genius, but even geniuses get it wrong sometimes.

A new proposed experiment to test Einstein's concept of the speed of light traveling at a constant rate could turn the theory of relativity on its head.

In a new study two scientists report that they believe the speed of light was actually faster right when the big bang happened than it currently is.

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If true, this would help scientists explain why the universe's temperature has managed to even out so quickly after the big bang.

This would also call into question Einstein's basis on the theory of relativity, a staple in physics.

The pair plan to test their theory using readings from cosmic microwave background radiation, which, according to Forbes, is a map of the oldest light in the universe.

Because this is a theory, as Einstein himself once said, "no amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong."

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