What is the effect of altitude on faster-than-light neutrinos?

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Paul Grandmaison asked the Naked Scientists:
Dear Naked Scientists,

I had a comment based on the faster-than-light travel of neutrinos. With the source of the neutrinos being in Switzerland and the detector being in Italy, how exactly are they compensating for changes in altitude? With the neutrinos going "downhill", is there a chance that their method for synchronizing the atomic clocks is not properly adjusting for gravitation time dilation?

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The adjustment for these factors is too small to create the observed effects and even then it would not cause the particles to appear to be going faster than light.
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