CERN admits errors in Relativity-busting test, but says glitch could mean even-faster faster-than-light particles

Originally posted on National Post | News:

GENEVA — Physicists are to run new tests in May after the CERN research institute said on Thursday that its startling findings appearing to show that one of Einstein’s fundamental theories was wrong could have been caused by a loose cable. However, they say that one of the glitches might have made them underestimate, not overestimate, the results.

The CERN lab near Geneva appeared to contradict Albert Einstein’s 1905 Special Theory of Relativity last year when they reported that sub-atomic particles called neutrinos could travel fractionally faster than light.

Einstein’s theory, which underpins the current view of how the universe works, says that nothing can travel faster than light, and doing so would be like traveling back in time.

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CERN said two possible effects had been identified that could have an influence on its neutrino timing measurement during its OPERA experiment. “New measurements with short pulsed beams are scheduled…

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