More likely a measurement error than a scientific breakthrough. Either that, or I’m one of the fools the mad scientists are thinking of when, in the glow of their V-shaped sparky wire climbing arc thingy, they raise their rubber-gloved fists and scream, “Fools! I shall destroy them all!”
A total of 15,000 beams of neutrinos — tiny particles that pervade the cosmos — were fired over a period of 3 years from CERN toward Gran Sasso 730 (500 miles) km away, where they were picked up by giant detectors.
Light would have covered the distance in around 2.4 thousandths of a second, but the neutrinos took 60 nanoseconds — or 60 billionths of a second — less than light beams would have taken.
“It is a tiny difference,” said Ereditato, who also works at Berne University in Switzerland, “but conceptually it is incredibly important. The finding is so startling that, for the moment, everybody should be very prudent.”