A few months ago, news found its way into the world that scientists in the Geneva-based CERN lab had broken the speed of light. But, news has broken that this may have been a 'connection' problem. The news is from a source close to the experiment, who spoke to the US journal, Space Insider that "a bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame".
Scientists had originally claimed that neutrinos arrived 60 nanoseconds earlier than the 2.3 milliseconds taken by light. Science Insider reported:
The 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used to correct the timing of the neutrinos' flight and an electronic card in a computer. After tightening the connection and then measuring the time it takes data to travel the length of the fiber, researchers found that the data arrive 60 nanoseconds earlier than assumed.
Since this time is subtracted from the overall time of flight, it appears to explain the early arrival of the neutrinos. New data, however, will be needed to confirm this hypothesis.
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