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?
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.
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