Scientists at the CERN institute near Geneva may have egg on their faces after last year claiming to have proved one of Einstein’s fundamental theories was wrong.
Researchers reported that sub-atomic particles called neutrinos could travel fractions of a second faster than light.
Now a science website says a loose cable may have botched results.
“The 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to come from a bad connection between a fibre optic cable and a computer.” reported Insider Science.
Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, which underpins the current view of how the universe works, says nothing can travel faster than light.
A spokesperson for CERN has admitted a flaw in a GPS system may have been responsible for the surprising readings, but any error has yet to be confirmed.