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Neutrino researchers admit Einstein was right -
June 8, 2012
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Nine months after its results caused a furore, experiment that suggested neutrinos could travel faster than light declared faulty Nine months and hundreds of frenzied news reports since scientists in Italy found hints that a type of subatomic particle might have been travelling faster than light, researchers have finally put the anomalous result down to a case of faulty wiring. In September last year, scientists found that a beam of neutrinos fired through the ground from Cern near Geneva to a lab in Gran Sasso, Italy, 450 miles (720km) away seemed to arrive sixty billionths of a second earlier than they should if travelling at the speed of light in a vacuum. The result, from the Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus experiment (Opera), shocked scientists. Travelling faster than the speed of light goes against Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity. If it were possible, it would open up the troubling possibility of being able to send information back in time,...
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