by Dave Hennen
CNN Senior Meteorologist
If Albert Einstein were alive today, he would probably have a smile on his face. His Theory of Relativity remains intact.
It turns out that a loose computer cable may have been to blame for shaking the laws of physics to their core back late last year.
Physicists at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland conducted a study back in September of 2011, that found sub-atomic particles known as neutrinos traveled faster than the speed of light. The experiment was repeated again in November and showed the same results. This brought into question the very cornerstone of Einstein’s Relativity Theory that nothing can travel faster than 186,000 miles per second.
In the experiment scientist sent a beam of neutrinos 415 miles from a lab in Geneva, Switzerland, to a lab in Gran Sasso Italy. The particles seemed to arrive 60 nanoseconds faster than a normal beam of light. It now appears as if a faulty fiber optic cable connected to a laboratory computer with GPS used to measure the speed was loose, which apparently caused the calculations to be incorrect.
At least for now the most famous equation in science remains sound.