Neutrinos seen to fly faster than light

Experiment hints at possible violation of Einstein’s speed limit

By Devin Powell, 18:20 PM September 23, 2011

An experiment that creates particles called neutrinos has called into question Einstein’s theory of special relativity. Even though few believe that these results will ultimately hold up, their implications have stirred up quite a fuss.

After painstakingly checking and rechecking their data, physicists working on Italy’s OPERA experiment say they have clocked neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light. According their calculations, there’s only a one in a billion chance that what th...

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