Sunday, February 26, 2012

Faster-than-light neutrinos? No? Darn!

Looks like a hardware error

The claim that a neutrino beam traveled faster than light appears to have been undone by problems in the hardware involved.  A faulty connection between a hardware board and a fiber-optic cable may have introduced a timing error.  Interestingly, it's not clear how much error, and in which direction. More experiments are planned to nail it down, but the possibility of a conventional explanation for an Earth-shaking finding looks likely to be true.  Darn.

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