Faster-than-light neutrinos: was a faulty connection to blame? | Science | The Guardian
“Imagine if the neutrino experiment had come up with the speed of light as the answer, they would never have gone back and checked these connectors or that GPS thing as carefully as they have. There’s a tendency in science, if you get the result you expected, to not check it. Whereas if you get a result you don’t expect, you spend hours and years checking it.”
Prof Al-Khalili said the Opera scientists were showing great integrity in announcing potential faults in their measurements. “But I suspect, now more than ever, that both Einstein’s theory and my boxer shorts are safe.”
The scientists will not know which of their suspected errors is the culprit (if it is either) until they carry out more experiments, which are planned for May.