Speedy neutrino mystery likely solved, relativity safe after all


Speedy neutrino mystery likely solved, relativity safe after all explains how the mystery was solved.

Those weird faster-than-light neutrinos that CERN thought they saw last month may have just gotten slowed down to a speed that’ll keep them from completely destroying physics as we know it. In an ironic twist, the very theory that these neutrinos would have disproved may explain exactly what happened.

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands went and crunched the numbers on how much relativity should have effected the experiment, and found that the correct compensation should be about 32 additional nanoseconds on each end, which neatly takes care of the 60 nanosecond speed boost that the neutrinos originally seemed to have. This all has to be peer-reviewed and confirmed, of course, but at least for now, it seems like the theory of relativity is not only safe, but confirmed once again.

I had always suspected the issue would be in measuring the distance between two point 450 miles apart with enough accuracy to say that the small discrepancy was proof of a violation of the theory of special relativity rather than experimental error.

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