News & AnalysisSuperluminal Neutrinos

Loose Cable May Unravel Faster-Than-Light Result

Science  02 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6072, pp. 1027
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6072.1027

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Anomalous data suggesting that neutrinos can travel faster than light probably resulted from a faulty connection in a GPS timing system, physicists from the OPERA collaboration revealed last week. Scientists who wish not to be identified say a few persistent OPERA researchers spotted the problem during tests the collaboration's leaders at first opposed.

  • * Edwin Cartlidge is a writer based in Rome.