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Somebody needs to clarify this for me, because I don't understand it

According to this article there’s a group of researchers who have gotten around the faster-than-light problem. They managed this by changing the way electricity travels through a wire. Instead of electrons bumping into each other and sending the “message” down the wire, they managed to synchronize the electrons so that the message is sent instantaneously. The example the article uses is that sending an electronic message normally is a causal event (not to be confused with a casual event, which is what confused me initially about the article) like knocking over a row of dominoes one after another. The way they have the experiment set up is that circuit boards act as controllers, making it an acausal event, like knocking all the dominoes down at once using your hand.

What I don’t understand is how the message to make all the electrons synchronized is passed from one circuit board to another. You’d think that would still be constrained by the speed of light. The only way I can figure is that the circuit boards are primed before hand and fired sequentially within a few picoseconds, or maybe a femtosecond to allow the message to become synchronized. So when the last control is turned on, it is ready slightly before the first one so that the message is received instantaneously.

I tried reading the original paper that the article linked to here, but even the abstract made my brain hurt.

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