Thursday, February 23, 2012

This one doesn't go up to 11

When the reports of particles travelling faster than the speed of light came out, conservatives rushed to proclaim that this showed that things that can seem scientifically settled are not, hence global warming could also be wrong. National Review's Planet Gore blog gloated "More Unsettled Science" while Jonah Goldberg offered

So much for “scientific consensus”

Well, indeed:

Today reports emerged that problems with GPS synchronization could explain away the anomalous neutrino  velocities, although specific details have yet to be confirmed. ScienceInsider s Edwin Cartlidge reported that a bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame but cited only anonymous sources familiar with the experiment.

Settled science is ready for its apology.

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