Speedy Neutrino Not So Fast After All

What a relief! Last September’s OPERA experiment at CERN, in which neutrinos appeared to arrive a few billionths of a second earlier than they should have at their destination in Italy, given the limitation of the speed of light on any matter traveling in a vacuum, turns out… to no one’s surprise… to have resulted in some sort of measurement error.

Charges were dismissed. Interviewed after the hearing, the neutrino’s attorney stated that she and her client were confident all along that the neutrino had never violated the universal speed limit and the charges would not be pursued…

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  • MandT  On Friday March 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    The nano second has skipped town! LOL

  • Shaun Downey  On Saturday March 17, 2012 at 3:33 am

    It’s a shame that there was a prosaic reason for the faster than light neutrino, It would have been a true paradigm shift,

    • Steve  On Saturday March 17, 2012 at 9:32 am

      Shaun, if you want a true paradigm shift, try reading David Deutsch’s book The Beginning of Infinity. It is the best new work on the likely properties of the physical universe/multiverse that I’ve run across in years. I am just about halfway through reading it, and I am utterly blown away. If such matters attract you, you won’t be disappointed when you read this book. Deutsch is truly a deep thinker. Be forewarned: the book is rather long, and starts slowly. But it’s very much worth reading.

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