Okay I have read and discussed superluminal nuetrinos to death over the last week .. so what have I learnt and what do I think.
Well to me the result is an odd ball and it doesn't sit well with any of the predicted theories .... but I am willing to make one of two bets based on the data.
So here is my take for what it's worth to people interested.
Biggest weirdo for me is the speed variance is not effected by the energy levels of the nuetrinos. The energy of the neutrinos have a fairly wide spread so I would expect the speed to vary but no such dependency was observed. Most physical effects you could imagine would have an energy dependence of some sort, okay it may be so small we can't see it but that in itself is weird why is it so small. Even within QM effects it would expect a difference between higher energy netrinos and lower.
To me the result alone for me says there is one of two options a systemic measurement error (they made a mistake) or that the effect is outside "normal" physics of light and particles.
Such weird physics outside normal physics is known and more importantly to me it was one of the first to actually conclusively produced superluminal light => enter ... L. J. Wang, A. Kuzmich & A. Dogariu (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v406/n6793/abs/406277a0.html
The inital reporting of this was met with howls that it had to be wrong nowdays we routinely accept it and teach it, here is a laymans version (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3077368/ns/t...ins-rules-road/
At the time this was sort of considered a parlor trick you needed to contrive very special setups to do it and it had never been seen in nature.
Gain-assist is a constant like refractive index it does not matter what the enrgies of the particles or photons entering and the noted result would be entirely consistant with it.
Now what I am asking myself is what we are seeing a gain-assist of nuetrinos through matter (IE the earth). It's not very exciting for relativity or pseudoscience people who want superluminal speeds and GR/SR to be wrong but it is very very interesting to physicists none the less.
So my bets are down 50-50 for me
1). We have a systemic error that hasn't been identified
2). Nuetrinos see matter with a gain assist index.