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  1. 19 Mar '12 11:58
    I don't know if this has already been talked about on these forums but it seems that the “discovery” of faster-than-light neutrinos probably was actually just a cliche in the measurements:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-faster-than-light-particles-cross-check.html
  2. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    19 Mar '12 13:10
    Originally posted by humy
    I don't know if this has already been talked about on these forums but it seems that the “discovery” of faster-than-light neutrinos probably was actually just a cliche in the measurements:

    http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-03-faster-than-light-particles-cross-check.html
    It was destined to fail. There was too much theoretical work about the subject, for instance, if they were going faster than c, they would have given off radiation which was never seen.
  3. 19 Mar '12 13:44
    It was always astronomically more likely that it was an experimental error than a real result.

    However it was never portrayed (by the scientists) as anything other than being astronomically
    unlikely.

    The errors that they have found so far are both unquantified and non-obvious so there is still more
    work to be done.
    However the combined known error bars for the experiment now include travelling at or below the
    speed of light and so the original FTL 'result' no longer stands.