Last year Scientists at OPERA reported
measuring neutrino from CERN going
faster than light. This sparked off claims that the discovery
posed a problem for
Einstein’s theory of Relativity. While in reality it poses no
real problem of relativity since imaginary rest masse particles
called tachyons that would be for ever stuck above the speed of
light have long been speculated about. However such a discovery
would still be momentous.
Not long after the possible discovery was
announced issues began to arise since the
faster than light neutrinos also had an issue with the
conservation of energy. Now it seems that Scientists at OPERA
has their wires crossed…literally.
It turns out that the cable between the GPS
receiver and the timestamp computer was malfunctioning at the time
producing a 60 nanosecond of delay. This delay stamped the neutrinos
arrival at OPERA as 60 nanoseconds early than they really were. The
result was that the neutrino seemed to be going faster than light.
Further experiments are planed to check to see if this new
explanation is indeed the case.
Einstein Wrong? Maybe Just Faulty Wiring