Although this will further drive the topic away from its intended path...I couldn't help but comment
But I don't think that this event will suddenly end the FTL limit for example, and while this will encourage reasonable expansion into our solar system it won't bring the stars.
Lazarus, I know you have a vivid imagination.
"Neither the phase velocities
or group velocities
of a wave packet are restricted below light speed" http://www.aei-potsd...nnelingftl.html
Also, if you believe in the big bang theory of the universe, then there are already objects travelling away from us at greater than the speed of light. In the big bang theory of the universe, objects at a greater distance expand away from us more rapidly, they eventually reach a distance where their apparent speed is faster than light and they "blink" out of the observable universe. Of course what is going on here is that spacetime is expanding faster than the speed of light. The actual velocity of the galaxy is not greater than c. But this does give us a clue on a potential "how to" of FTL. Just expand spacetime. (P.S. I am not actually "sold" on the big bang theory of the universe, I am just re-stating what others have postulated and explained)
Also, there is quantum entanglement(QE). Information, in this case, is travelling FTL since it is instantaneous. The actual particles in entanglement experiments are not travelling FTL, but information is. There are so many good resources on the web regarding QE. Here is one I just "googled up". It is a general description of a couple experiments: http://www.studyover...ked/quantum.htm
Here is something wierd to think about also. If Einstein's equations of relativity are valid and photons are actually particles with zero restmass and can travel at the speed of light...then within a photon's frame of reference it exists at every point in the universe simultaneously. This applies not only for one photon but for every photon that exists! Pretty wierd.
Now these are just a few things that the human mind has discovered about FTL. Just think what the "group mind" of all humans could come up with, or a superintelligence. I just have a feeling we will find a way around the speed of light (not a prediction...just a feeling).