Einstein Wins Again

Remember those faster than light neutrinos? Not so much.


So last month, there was that sensational story that prompted every single news outlet (present company included) to be all like “Holy fuck faster than light neutrinos, it’s the end of science as we know it Einstein’s been toppled” etc. As many of you guessed, these results were probably not accurate, hence no faster than light neutrinos. You guys can’t stop Einstein HE’S A BEAST.

Now, however, a team of scientists at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands reckons it’s come up with a more plausible (and disappointing) explanation of what happened: the GPS satellites used to measure the departure and arrival times of the racing neutrinos were themselves subject to Einsteinian effects, because they were in motion relative to the experiment. This relative motion wasn’t properly taken into account, but it would have decreased the neutrinos’ apparent journey time. The Dutch scientists calculated the error and came up with the 64 nanoseconds. Sound familiar? That’s because it’s almost exactly the margin by which CERN’s neutrinos were supposed to have beaten light.

Via I heart Chaos


~ by The 1955 Hudson on October 18, 2011.

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