Drama at Opera


When your non-physicists friends start to send you links to big newspapers’ headlines reporting important physics results (usually titled ‘Einstein was wrong’: it’s been like that for almost a century now, it is apparently the best an average reporter can come up with) it means that something potentially important is happening. After days of rumors, the results of the Opera experiment have been finally released

http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.4897

and they are frankly bizarre. Ready? Neutrinos go faster than the speed of light! My first reaction is ‘this is too odd to be true’, and in fact the members of the Opera themselves are very cautious.Let’s wait and see whether other experiments confirm or disprove these findings.