The Italian Almanac


Is a Bird, It's a Plane ... It's a Neutrino!

Italians are among the group of international scientists who recorded neutrino particles travelling faster than the speed of light, researchers said. In what appears to be a contradiction of one of the fundamental laws of physics, measurements over a three-year period showed neutrinos moving 60 nanoseconds faster than the speed of light over a 730-kilometer distance between Geneva and the Gran Sasso underground particle physics laboratory in Abruzzo.

"We were convinced we would find negative results," said Antonio Ereditato, coordinator of the team of international scientists who made the discovery. "To find out that was not the case was a huge surprise". Ereditato, from Naples, said his team was confident in the results but needed more experts from the scientific community to weigh in.

If confirmed, the finding would call into question a central thesis of Albert Einstein's 1905 theory of special relativity which says that nothing in the universe can travel faster than the speed of light.