Scientists find crack in laws of physics

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

CHICAGO -- Scientists at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have stumbled across a discrepancy in theories of subatomic particles.

Researchers measured fewer neutrinos -- tiny particles that pass through most ordinary objects -- resulting from atomic collisions than physicists have long predicted.

The surprising data could be a fluke or a change in the laws of physics that alter scientists' opinion about whether the universe will expand or collapse on itself.

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