Friday, 18 November 2011

Faster than light: Twenty more neutrinos found. UPDATE

"You have earth-shattering science
to trump Einstein?  Hmmm interesting."
Wired Science asks how many faster-than-light events does it take to change a law of physics?  The OPERA team at Gran Sasso, Italy, has taken a second run at the experiment and found another twenty neutrinos that arrive impossibly fast, arriving some 60 billionths of a second too soon.   How high is the standard of proof when foundational theory is challenged?

Arriving not quite this fast:
"There was a young lady of Wight
Who traveled much faster than light
She departed one day,
In a relative way,

And arrived on the previous night"
Stephen Hawking. 

Push back from another research team:

More information:  A connector defect and GPS timestamping errors (working in opposite directions) may explain the result.  February 2012. 
  Stephen Hawking

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