While applauding the Italian researchers’ careful experiments, most of the world of physics assumed the scofflaw particles were the result of some kind of mistake, because nothing can go faster than light. Theories abounded, from fun relativity reasons to simple math errors. It turns out it was even more boring, more humdrum, more insipid than even that — someone hadn’t plugged in a wire all the way. Science Insider broke the news this afternoon, citing unnamed sources familiar with the experiment.
Shame. I had a feeling it would be something simple, but there was always the tiny part of me which was excited by it!
ETA: Apparently they're doing more tests soon any way. So we'll see.
Edited, Feb 22nd 2012 6:38pm by Nilatai