October 4, 2011

'Faster Than Light' Publicity Is Irresponsible

Lawrence Krauss, LA Times


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Findings that showed faster-than-light travel were released to the public too soon.

What do you do as a scientist when you know a research result that is almost certainly wrong is about to become a media sensation? That is the quandary I found myself in last month as I awaited the announcement from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, about particles called neutrinos supposedly traveling faster than the speed of light.

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TAGGED: Science Journalism, Light Speed, Neutrinos