Astronomy current events question: faster-than-light neutrinos?

Astronomy 210L, fall semester 2011
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Students are assigned to read online articles on current astronomy events, and take a short current events quiz during the first 10 minutes of lab. (This motivates students to show up promptly to lab, as the time cut-off for the quiz is strictly enforced!)
Adrian Cho, "Neutrinos Travel Faster Than Light, According to One Experiment," September 22, 2011
A detector at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy detected neutrinos from the CERN particle accelerator in Switzerland that:
(A) traveled in less time than light would.
(B) created underground pockets of antimatter.
(C) escaped magnetic confinement.
(D) are older than the currently accepted age of the universe.
(E) are made of pure antimatter.

Correct answer: (C)

Student responses
Sections 70178, 70186, 70200
(A) : 44 students
(B) : 0 students
(C) : 2 students
(D) : 1 student
(E) : 0 students

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