Hey, remember a month or two ago when researchers at Italy’s OPERA experiment announced that they’d found neutrinos moving faster than light — between CERN on the Swiss border and the underground Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy — contradicting Einstein’s theory of relativity? And then everyone was like, no way? Well, they’ve managed to replicate their results, minus at least one of the original experiments big problems.
From The New York Times:
Last month CERN retooled so that the neutrinos could be produced in shorter bursts, only 3 billionths of a second long, making it easier to match neutrinos at Gran Sasso with neutrinos at CERN, and the experiment was briefly repeated. The neutrinos still arrived early, about 62 billionths of a second early, in good agreement with the original result and negating the possibility, the Opera team said, that the duration of the neutrino pulse had anything to do with the results.
Of course, this settles nothing. But proving that neutrinos do in fact travel faster than light would be totally awesome, as is anything that scrambles what we think we know about the universe.
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