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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.
I don't really buy this... I've seen numerous threads like this... one second they've broken the speed of light, the next second someone else is saying it's a mistake, the next second they are posting a rebuttal, the next second someone else is offering a different reason for why it's a mistake... this has been going on for months, and they tested this over and over and released several research papers concerning the results, I highly doubt they used one single GPS unit in these tests, and if they did, well then they are morons for trusting the results of one unit without considering it may be faulty.
A bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame.
Originally posted by Arbitrageur
reply to post by InSanE1
This is still an interesting result, as I didn't know a loose connection could cause a 60 nanosecond delay.
Originally posted by ErtaiNaGia
Nope.... they are just trying to protect relativity.
So, in that idiom, they are making up excuse after excuse until they find one that the public accepts.
The truth of the matter is that Relativity is Bunk.
The OPERA collaboration has informed its funding agencies and host laboratories that it has identified two possible effects that could have an influence on its neutrino timing measurement. These both require further tests with a short pulsed beam. If confirmed, one would increase the size of the measured effect, the other would diminish it. The first possible effect concerns an oscillator used to provide the time stamps for GPS synchronizations. It could have led to an overestimate of the neutrino's time of flight. The second concerns the optical fibre connector that brings the external GPS signal to the OPERA master clock, which may not have been functioning correctly when the measurements were taken. If this is the case, it could have led to an underestimate of the time of flight of the neutrinos. The potential extent of these two effects is being studied by the OPERA collaboration. New measurements with short pulsed beams are scheduled for May.