Explaining those faster than light neutrinos

Tuesday, 11 October, 2011

While many physicists are disputing recent claims that neutrinos have been observed travelling faster than light, there are plenty of scientists looking for explanations supporting the apparent discovery.

“At present, it would be foolhardy to say one [theory] looks better than the other,” says CERN theorist John Ellis. “And they’re probably all wrong, because the result will probably evaporate.” The number of explanations is useful, though. “Scientific conviction comes primarily from experimental results, but it’s also the job of us theorists to, if you like, bash out all the possibilities, like monkeys on a typewriter,” he says.

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