Faster-than-light neutrino experiment to be run again
By PAUL RINCON - BBC
Added: Sun, 30 Oct 2011 15:09:37 UTC
RDFRS posted an article about the initial discovery in September here and includes a link to audio comments by Brian Cox
The neutrinos are fired deep under the Italian Apennines to the Gran Sasso lab
Scientists who announced that sub-atomic particles might be able to travel faster than light are to rerun their experiment in a different way.
This will address criticisms and allow the physicists to shore up their analysis as much as possible before submitting it for publication.
Dr Sergio Bertolucci said it was vital not to "fool around" given the staggering implications of the result.
So they are doing all they can to rule out more pedestrian explanations.
Physicists working on the Opera experiment announced the perplexing findings last month.
Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern (the home of the Large Hadron Collider) in Geneva toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away in Italy seemed to show up a tiny fraction of a second earlier than light would have.
Robert Wright - The Atlantic Comments
Hawking wasn't available to answer that question, but I did manage to have a long conversation with an American physicist who had also doubted the existence of the Higgs--Lawrence Krauss
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Johnathan Brown - The Independent Comments
As an atheist with no desire to upset believers, Professor Peter Higgs has always hated the idea of a God particle. He has never been keen on the nomenclature of the Higgs boson either – referring to it as "the particle named after me" on the rare occasions he gives an interview.
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(Reuters) - Scientists at Europe's CERN research centre have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs.
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