India bends the rules for Neutrino project

  A year after the National Green Tribunal suspended the environmental clearance granted to the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO), the Expert Appraisal Committee (Infra 2) of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has overturned the NGT verdict and granted environmental clearance for the project. The observatory, which is to come up in Bodi West Hills in … Continue reading India bends the rules for Neutrino project

Scientists should not be crucified for mistakes: Nobel laureate

  “We expected to get the same reception like the neutrino [OPERA] team [if our results were wrong],” said Nobel laureate Brian P. Schmidt while interacting with the media on Monday, the second day of the weeklong 62nd Nobel laureates meeting here. He was referring to his team’s findings on the expansion of the universe … Continue reading Scientists should not be crucified for mistakes: Nobel laureate

Editrorial: The ways of science

Published in The Hindu on March 2, 2012 After announcing on September 23 last year that neutrinos travelled 60 nanoseconds faster than light, the OPERA (Oscillation project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus) team has recently identified certain flaws. These pertain to possible “effects” in the experiment that might have led to an incorrect measurement in the arrival … Continue reading Editrorial: The ways of science

Speed of Neutrinos: Replication of OPERA results is the key

Published in The Hindu on November 24, 2011 What makes science so very different from religion? Quite simple — every theory, law and observation in science will be continuously challenged and put to test almost every day. In short, unlike religion, science is not dogmatic. Cross-checked As the OPERA team involved in measuring the speed … Continue reading Speed of Neutrinos: Replication of OPERA results is the key

When 60 nanoseconds threaten modern physics

Published in The Hindu on November 24, 2011 If extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidences, as Carl Sagan's dictum goes, then scientists involved in an experiment called OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tRacking Apparatus) have provided just that. By successfully replicating the results obtained on September 22 this year, particle physicists have once again proved that neutrinos … Continue reading When 60 nanoseconds threaten modern physics

Replication of OPERA results is the key

Published in The Hindu on November 23, 2011 What makes science so very different from religion? Quite simple — every theory, law and observation in science will be continuously challenged and put to test almost every day. In short, unlike religion, science is not dogmatic. Cross-checked As the OPERA team involved in measuring the speed … Continue reading Replication of OPERA results is the key