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Repeated Neutrino Experiment Shows Same Result


A general view of the OPERA detector at the LNGS (Gran Sasso National Laboratory) near L'Aquila, Italy

A general view of the OPERA detector at the LNGS (Gran Sasso National Laboratory) near L'Aquila, Italy

Scientists who said in September that subatomic particles called neutrinos may travel faster than light have carried out an improved version of their experiment -- and found the same result.

The new experiment appears to provide further evidence that Albert Einstein may have been wrong when he laid down that nothing could go faster than the speed of light, a theory that underpins modern physics.

The new evidence appears to confirm that neutrinos could travel fractions of a second faster than light.

The revised experiment, conducted at the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy using a neutrino beam from CERN in Switzerland, 720 kilometers away, was held to check the earlier findings, which were greeted with skepticism in the scientific community.

compiled from agency reports

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