Science Odyssey: Neutrinos Caught Speeding?
by Clay Farris Naff
The data collected by Italian physicists monitoring neutrinos streaming out of a particle collider at CERN were so strange that even they cannot quite believe them. It appears that the tiny particles are exceeding the speed of light. If true, this would mean that something's not quite right with Einstein's theory of relativity.
To learn about the experiment and its implications, we talk with Associate Professor of Physics Chad Orzel of Union College and Distinguished Professor of Theoretical Physics Alan Kostelecky of Indiana University. Orzel is author of the popular book How to Teach Physics to Your Dog. Kostelecky coauthored a paper decades ago that predicted the possibility of a faster-than-light neutrino.
Clay Farris Naff is (claynaff.com) is a science author and blogger whose weekly radio program, Science Odyssey, airs Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 9 a.m. CST on KZUM, Lincoln's community radio station. You can hear it over the air at 89.3 FM or on the web live at kzum.org. Clay's science and religion blog on the Huffington Post can be seen here.