CERN Gets Closer to Proving It Broke the Light Speed Barrier

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New tests at the European science facility CERN yet again confirm the results of their prior experiment which showed faster-than-light particles, reports the BBC and The Washington PostBack in September, CERN scientists clocked neutrinos -- funky, ghostly particles that pass through every square inch of Earth billions of times a second -- at 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light. Sixty nanoseconds was all that was needed to confound living physicists by calling into question one of the linchpins of modern physics: Einstein's theory of relativity, which stipulates that nothing can travel faster than light. But outside physicists found plenty of ways to punch neutrino-sized holes in CERN's results. One of the complaints: "Critics of the first report had said that the long bunches of neutrinos used could introduce an error into the test," according to the BBC. That prompted CERNers to find a way to de-bunch the neutrinos they shoot from the French-Swiss border to a massive facility buried deep in an Italian mountain getting the same faster-than-light results as before. The "positive outcome of the [second] test makes us more confident in the result," said Fernando Ferroni, president of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics, in a statement. However, that likely won't stop naysayers from continuing to say nay until more tests are done. "The error in the length of the bunches, however, is just the largest among several potential sources of uncertainty in the measurement that must all now be addressed in turn," the BCC writes.

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