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  1. Caution on faster-than-light claim

    Posted Oct 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... Adrian Wan adrian.wan@scmp.com The quest for neutrinos (subatomic particles) raised more questions about physics than it answered last week, but local physicists say the latest finding will not interfere with groundbreaking research at Daya Bay, north of Hong Kong. Last week scientists at Cern (European Organisation for Nuclear Research) said they had found neutrinos moving faster than ...

  2. Physics that keeps on boggling the mind

    Posted Oct 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... involved neutrinos, ghostlike particles with almost no mass. They come in three flavours- as electrons and mu and tau neutrinos. One of the quirks of quantum mechanics is that we can't predict which state a neutrino is in unless we measure it. Each flavour has a slightly different mass. Suppose the Cern scientists initially prepared a large supply of electron neutrinos, sent them from ...

  3. Cosmic sleuths on the case

    Posted Mar 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... subtle changes in the behaviour of one of nature's most elusive particle: the neutrino. This information is a key that will help researchers unlock one of the universe's great mysteries: why the universe is dominated by matter rather than balanced equally with antimatter. Before you finish reading this sentence, hundreds of trillions of neutrinos produced in the centre ...

  4. Daya Bay shines light on dark matter

    Posted Mar 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the frontiers of research and has Nobel Prize-winning potential, according to some commentators. Professor Wang Yifang, spokesman for the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, told a press conference at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Institute of High Energy Physics in Beijing yesterday that they won a neck-and-neck race with France and South Korea to discover a new type of neutrino ...

  5. Lifestyle - Technology - SHORT SCIENCE

    Short Science, March 31, 2013

    Posted Mar 31st 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... particles called neutrinos which go "missing" on the journey from the Sun to earth are in fact shape-shifting along the way, arriving undetected, physicists find. The evidence: a muon-type neutrino dispatched from the Cern research laboratory near Geneva had arrived as a tau neutrino at the INFN Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy 730 kilometres they said. It is only the third time ...

  6. 'Now the hard work on Higgs boson begins'

    Posted Jul 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of Higgs will have an impact on is the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment, which studies the properties of the 'oddball' in the standard model of particle physics. 'Many physicists, including myself, believe that the neutrino sector is a promising window to lead us to physics beyond the Standard Model,' he said. 'If the Higgs particle turns out to be rather ...

  7. Scientists side with Einstein on light speed

    Posted Sep 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... community, critics compiled a list of possible instrumentation errors and said that any of them could make the tiny subatomic particles, or neutrinos, appear to travel faster than light. Global positioning systems, for instance, came under fire. In the so-called Opera experiment, named after the neutrino detector in Italy, the tiny particles were sent from the Cern laboratory in Switzerland ...

  8. A Sino-US matter of great import

    Posted Aug 29th 2011, 12:00am

    ... a mystery feature of neutrinos, a fundamental building block of matter, and their evil twin, antineutrinos. The neutrinos are by-products of nuclear reactions, hence the need to perform ...



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