• Question: Do you think that we will ever be able to harness the power of neutrinos ( they are faster than the speed of light, and are so small that they can pass through atoms)?

    Asked by connie5 to Akram, David, Gill, Jack, laurenceharwood on 15 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Jack Snape

      Jack Snape answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Hi Connie 🙂

      Recently, the people who measure neutrinos found a mistake in their experiment which probably shows that neutrinos don’t travel faster than light. They need to re-check it but most people think this mistake explains the measurement.

      It was all to do with a wobbly cable…. We all make mistakes!

      Neutrinos have very very little mass… so although they travel very quickly, they don’t actually have much energy. Imagine hitting someone really fast with a feather – you wouldn’t transfer much energy to them. Also they don’t interact with other matter in a normal way so collecting their energy would be really hard


    • Photo: Laurence Harwood

      Laurence Harwood answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      When the news about faster-than-light neutrinos came out I heard a joke which went like this:

      “The neutrinos have just arrived”
      “OK – I’m sending the neutrinos now” 🙂

    • Photo: Gill Menzies

      Gill Menzies answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      No idea – not my field. Like the joke Laurence 🙂

    • Photo: Akram Alomainy

      Akram Alomainy answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      LOL @Laurence