It had to happen, OPERA has blamed its woes on the blogosphere, or perhaps not. Maybe it is just NewScientist trying to stir up trouble. This what they say in their editorial from 7th April
“Perhaps the only way to have avoided the fuss would have been to keep the result under wraps for even longer than the three years it took to become public. Its flaws might have been uncovered more discreetly. But word was leaking into the blogosphere; OPERA physics coordinator Dario Autiero, who also stood down, says concealment was untenable“
So it’s all our fault guys. If we had not leaked the story they could have kept it secret for a few more years until they found the loose cable and Autiero would be a hero.
In case anyone hasn’t noticed there are several flaws with this argument but not least is the observation that OPERA had planned its public presentation at CERN and already primed the press before the first hints of a rumour reached any blog, If NewScientist had checked the blogosphere they could have found a conveniently detailed timeline of the events here.