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The scientific method relies on independent verification of measurements and results, but sometimes it’s not easy to replicate experiments or measure things at the leading edge of science. Scam artists are often identified when they explain that their results are so far advanced that no one else can replicate them. Real scientists, though, don’t buy that. Here are a few scientific discoveries that still need a bit more verification.
- Neutrinos traveling faster than the speed of light don’t seem to exist, and
the CERN team that first said they saw some FTL neutrinos, now admit they made a couple mistakes.the CERN team, after reporting unusual data, determined definitively that it was caused by a mistake (and what that mistake was) with input from the broader scientific community. As some expected, there were systematic errors that produced a timing error of just 60 nanoseconds. [url]
- CERN scientists have trapped anti-hydrogen for a little over 15 minutes — a new record that could allow them to determine more about how antimatter behaves. Does anti-hydrogen rise, fall or do nothing in a gravitational field? [url]
- The Large Hadron Collider is still hunting down the elusive Higgs boson which might not exist at all. This sub-atomic particle has been nicknamed the “God Particle” — but it looks like it’s just a matter of time before people either find it or start re-writing modern physics. [url]
- To discover more interesting science-related stuff, check out what’s currently floating around the StumbleUpon universe. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.