2nd Test Finds Faster-Than-Light Particles
Result backs up much-hyped, and much criticized, earlier experiment
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 18, 2011 9:02 AM CST
The globe of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, is illuminated outside Geneva, Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

(Newser) – The international physics team OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion Tracking Apparatus) has managed to recreate the result that shocked the physics world, again detecting a batch of subatomic particles moving faster than the speed of light, the Washington Post reports. The "positive outcome of the test makes us more confident in the result," one OPERA physicist said in a statement, though he added that "a final word can only be said by analogous measurements performed elsewhere in the world."

The team’s initial experiment—in which it shot neutrinos from CERN’s particle accelerator on the French-Swiss border to a detector buried in Italy, and saw them arrive 60 nanoseconds sooner than should have been possible—drew loads of criticism from skeptical scientists. They complained, among other things, that the neutrino batches were too wide to be properly measured. So OPERA tightened them this time, removing much speed-related uncertainty—and still observed faster-than-light speeds.

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Nov 19, 2011 7:36 PM CST
next....the revlon drive......(obscure short story I read)
Nov 19, 2011 6:18 AM CST
NEWS FLASH: Slow down (pun intended). This is a repeat of the first experiment by the same people using the same equipment to address some of the conditions (i.e., measurement technique). It has not been independently verified by others using other methodologies or equipment. This has been a public service announcement for Newser readers. We will now return to our usually snarky comments.
Nov 18, 2011 6:01 PM CST
And, anyway, it's not really "squared", it should be "cubed", because it's just not like a bowling ball on a fish net, it's more like an ant on a mobius strip, with lots of bubbles nearby. And some string is in there, too.