Several months ago, CERN announced that their neutrino experiments had shown that neutrinos might be traveling faster than the speed of light. I wrote about it at the time and mentioned that I didn’t think it likely. It turns out that their result was actually due to a loose fiber optic cable. Once it was tightened down properly, the neutrino travel time increased by something like 60 nanoseconds and the problem of FTL neutrinos was solved. I’m a little bit disappointed in those guys at CERN. If I had gotten an experimental result that required me to throw out 100 years of well-established experimental and theoretical physics, I’d be checking out my test setup. Thoroughly.
Posted on February 22, 2012 by Med School Odyssey