Neutrinos Still Faster Than Light Even After Corrections

By Sam Gibbs on at

Ok, now this is getting a little nuts. After being debunked, corrected and retested, it seems as if those pesky neutrinos are still breaking the speed of light.

Originally reported in September, physicists the world over went barmy with disbelief, eventually finding errors in the experiment that could account for the apparent speed of the neutrinos. After correcting and retesting, the neutrinos fired through the ground from CERN to Italy, still arrive earlier than the should if they were travelling at the speed of light in a vacuum.

The previous findings got boffins so enraged with the possibility that one Professor, Jim Al-Khalili of the University of Surrey, declared:

If the findings "prove to be correct and neutrinos have broken the speed of light, I will eat my boxer shorts on live TV".

Hmmm, maybe he's starting to regret that statement. Repeats, confirmations and retests will of course be needed. I'm sure the scientific community will paw over these new results, desperately searching for errors and answers as to if, and why, anything can break one of the fundamental law of physics -- the speed of light. [The Guardian]

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