A bad week for ...

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 25 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 25 September, 2011, 12:00am


Albert Einstein

According to conclusions drawn by the great scientist, nothing can exceed the speed of light. It's one of the cornerstones of modern physics. And a century of observations have backed it up. But now a team of experimental physicists at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, or Cern, says that one exotic particle possibly can. If verified, the finding would blast a hole in Einstein's theory of relativity and we might have to go back and start rebuilding pretty much all of modern foundational physics.

Tony Bennett

The legendary singer had to apologise after saying the United States bore blame for provoking the 9/11 attacks. 'They flew the plane in but we caused it,' Bennett said on Howard Stern's radio show. 'Because we were bombing them and they told us to stop.' This caused a furore in the US just as the 85-year-old was launching his new album Duets II, which features a track he recorded with the late Amy Winehouse.

R.E.M. fans

With the exception of U2, Nirvana, Radiohead and possibly a few others, no band has had quite as much impact over the last three decades in balancing commercial success with critical acclaim. R.E.M.'s announcement about the band calling it a day left many hardcore fans distraught. 'I still feel like a family member has died. I think we all knew that it would end someday, but not today,' one fan said in a posting on an online music forum.