Neutrinos still move faster than light

I noticed this a few weeks ago.  In September they repeated the neutrino experiment that detected netutrinos moving faster than the speed of light.  The repeated experiment contained a change in methodology to rule out the most likely causes of error.  However, the experiment still provided the same results:

Neutrinos are apparently moving faster than the speed of light.

I think it is still most likely that there is some problem with the experiment, but it is pretty darn nifty to think that we have taken a big step forward in determining limits in our understanding of special relativity.  However, as far as I can tell this won’t mean that I’m getting a jetpack anytime soon – so the future continues to both astound and disappoint.

In addition to perusing all sorts of information on wikipedia, digging up my old physics texts from university, I found a cool blog from Prof. Matt Strassler that uses some fairly straight forward language to talk abut the experiment and many other ideas in particle physics.  Of Particular Significance  go to the Articles link and check out the Neutrinos faster than light? section.


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