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That's Embarrassing: 'Faster Than Light' Neutrino Experiment Refuted Due To Errors

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Remember CERN's claim that they found neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light? Weeeeeell now they want to renege, blaming a faulty fiber-optic cable and timing gear for the erroneous results. Jesus -- and we're supposed to trust these people to NOT tear open a black hole and swallow earth?

The two problems the team has identified would have opposing effects on the apparent speed.


On the one hand, the team said there is a problem in the "oscillator" that provides a ticking clock to the experiment in the intervals between the synchronisations of GPS equipment.

This is used to provide start and stop times for the measurement as well as precise distance information.

That problem would increase the measured time of the neutrinos' flight, in turn reducing the surprising faster-than-light effect.

But the team also said they found a problem in the optical fibre connection between the GPS signal and the experiment's main clock.

In contrast, the team said that effect would increase the neutrinos' apparent speed.

How they didn't come to the conclusion that the two effects cancelled each other out and their results were actually 100% accurate is beyond me, but I suspect it has something to do WITH NOT FOLLOWING THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction -- it's Newton's Third Law! "That's not applicable here." *mockingly* That's not applicable here. WHO'S WEARING THE LAB COAT, EINSTEIN?

Faster-than-light neutrinos could be down to bad wiring [bbcnews]

Thanks to sinew, FloorMatt and Dave, who agrees you never want to battle a neighboring kingdom on horseback with a bunch of neutrinos. Get it? Because they don't know how to charge.

There are Comments.
  • Maybe the scientists ate some  Naga Viper chilli and REALLY had to go.

  • Tom Carter

    I've seen enough X Files to know this is BS. Definitely a cover up. 
    CONSIDER THIS CONSPIRACY STARTED.

  • Monochromatyczny Wojownik

    exactly! THEY are trying hide it for themselves/aliens/NWO !

  • artilleryboy

    Its not faster. 

  • JimmyThr

    So no TARDIS for me?
    :(

  • Well, I do believe they prefaced the heck out of their initial announcement with all kinds of "This is super awesome BUT there could have been errors involved."

  • luxlucetintenebris

    Cover-up or incompetence? lol

  • cabbo

    More places testing experiment, trying to get more accurate results. Will probably end up not being faster but worth the effort to test it. Don't know if they got any results for what they were trying to test, but the original point of the experiment's completely forgotten now, innit?

    Also, 'bad optical cable' isn't a lot of information, wish they would explain the effect that had on the experiment.

  • Rick_McRockock

    They said this of the bad connection's effect on the experiment:  "In contrast, the team said that effect would increase the neutrinos' apparent speed."

    Right there... in the article

  • Monochromatyczny Wojownik

     and how is this explaining anything?

  • Rick_McRockock

    Let's put it together in one group:

    "They found a problem in the optical fibre connection between the GPS signal and the experiment's main clock. That effect would increase the neutrinos' apparent speed."

    Sounds like a simple explanation to me. Unless you were expecting an explanation of particle physics as it relates to optic cables, GPS and neutrinos in a fluff piece from the BBC.

  • Rick_McRockock

    I posted the first comment faster than the speed of light!

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