Friday, September 23, 2011

Neutrinos are weird, and wonderful

Actually, this astounding result is very good news for Fermilab! We have committed to studying neutrinos for the next 10-20 years. So when somebody asks, "Why should we care about neutrinos," the answer is easy!

If neutrinos can travel faster than light, this contradicts one of the very foundations of physics as we know it. Therefore, we need to understand how:
  • neutrinos can have this ability when no other matter in the universe does.
  • the equations of electricity and magnetism can include this result.
  • our understanding of Einstein's Relativity Theories ("Special" and "General") is affected, and neutrinos seem to be our way to do this.
And lastly, how come the Swiss are are so damn good at telling time? :-)

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