October 8, 2011

Neutrino Discovery Sparks Wild Scientific Leaps

Alan Boyle, MSNBC


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Commentators have been surprisingly fast to point to faster-than-light neutrinos as evidence that scientists could be wrong about lots of things, including the causes of climate change. But the most likely scenario is that special relativity — a theory that contends nothing can be accelerated beyond the speed of light in a vacuum — will turn out to be right. Or at least relatively right.

Two weeks after the neutrino experiments first came to light, the prevailing view among physicists is that the observations will somehow be shown to be wrong. The time measurements had to be made to an accuracy of...

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TAGGED: Climate, Relativity, CERN, Neutrinos

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