I bloody thought so…

It appears that the faster-than-light neutrino results, announced last September by the OPERA collaboration in Italy, was due to a mistake after all. A bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame.

According to sources familiar with the experiment, the 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used to correct the timing of the neutrinos’ flight and an electronic card in a computer. After tightening the connection and then measuring the time it takes data to travel the length of the fiber, researchers found that the data arrive 60 nanoseconds earlier than assumed. Since this time is subtracted from the overall time of flight, it appears to explain the early arrival of the neutrinos. New data, however, will be needed to confirm this hypothesis.

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Whilst I am very happy it looks like we won’t have to re-write the basic laws of Physics, the SF buff in me is disapoint.

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  1. goss
    goss

    What I just love about this story is the mental image I have of the problem being found:

    Room full of CERN uber-geek physicists, looking at results on their computers:

    Scientist 1: “It just can’t be, but the results are right here. We can’t dispute it! Somehow, the basic laws of relativity are broken. Oh what a life to be on the cutting edge of science!”
    Scientist 2: “Yep. Nobel prizes for all! Huzzah!!”

    A network cabling man wanders into the room, prominent arse crack visible, tools dangling from his tool belt.

    Network guy: “Found your problem here fellas – a cable was loose. Try her out again now, should probably work right now.”

    Scientists 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 simultaneously: “D’oh!!!!”

  2. peto

    goss;1704072 wrote: What I just love about this story is the mental image I have of the problem being found:

    Room full of CERN uber-geek physicists, looking at results on their computers:

    Scientist 1: “It just can’t be, but the results are right here. We can’t dispute it! Somehow, the basic laws of relativity are broken. Oh what a life to be on the cutting edge of science!”
    Scientist 2: “Yep. Nobel prizes for all! Huzzah!!”

    A network cabling man wanders into the room, prominent arse crack visible, tools dangling from his tool belt.

    Network guy: “Found your problem here fellas – a cable was loose. Try her out again now, should probably work right now.”

    Scientists 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 simultaneously: “D’oh!!!!”

    Mate that reads like something straight out of Big Bang Theory. *giggle*

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    Tyrany

    goss;1704072 wrote: What I just love about this story is the mental image I have of the problem being found:

    Room full of CERN uber-geek physicists, looking at results on their computers:

    Scientist 1: “It just can’t be, but the results are right here. We can’t dispute it! Somehow, the basic laws of relativity are broken. Oh what a life to be on the cutting edge of science!”
    Scientist 2: “Yep. Nobel prizes for all! Huzzah!!”

    A network cabling man wanders into the room, prominent arse crack visible, tools dangling from his tool belt.

    Network guy: “Found your problem here fellas – a cable was loose. Try her out again now, should probably work right now.”

    Scientists 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 simultaneously: “D’oh!!!!”

    It’s always the 50 cent connector and it always leaves the boffins scratching their heads.

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