Faster-Than-Light Particles Were Due To Loose Cable

Einstein can breathe easy once again. According to Science Insider, faster-than-light neutrinos, initially announced last September by the OPERA collaboration in Italy, were due to a a loose cable between a GPS unit and a computer.

According to sources familiar with the experiment, 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.

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