Thursday, February 23, 2012

Results Are Still UnCERNtain

  1. Scientists at CERN's LHC had reported clocking neutrinos at speeds faster than light.
  2. Without radical changes to all of currently-understood physics, this simply didn't make sense.
  3. CERN called for other labs to examine their experiment and help to find the flaws - if there were any.
  4. CERN is now claiming to have found two separate problems in the setup of this experiment - one that would overstate the speed, and another that would understate it.
Bowing to pressure from Listener 43, I'm posting a quick response to all this brouhaha, in spite of the fact that nothing has really been determined at this point.
It still seems likely to me that this whole mis-measurement was foisted upon the scientific world as a distraction - a red herring, as it were - to keep other, competing labs from making any progress in their search for the Higgs boson. CERN has consistently seemed to mislead their "colleagues" (read competitors) as to the likelihood of finding the Higgs in various energy levels, and I, for one, see no reason not to think this is simply more of the same.

Still, time will tell (how's that for a punnish ending?)

Posted by Procrustes 17

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OOTing Out the Higgs Boson at CERN
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