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(MSNBC)   The elusive Majorana Fermion may have been found after decades of searching; the subatomic particle (which is its own antiparticle) was first theorized in 1937   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 72
    More: Cool, Ettore Majorana, Antiparticle, Majorana fermion, bosons, American Physical Society, quantum computer, positrons, electrical conductivity  
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2012-04-16 10:05:11 PM  
I want one!
 
2012-04-16 10:06:53 PM  
Cats breathe a sigh of relief after years of uncertainty. Or they just lay there. Hard to tell with cats.
 
2012-04-16 10:06:54 PM  
"But in 1938, he took a boat trip from Naples to Palermo and disappeared. His body was never found, and the circumstances of his disappearance have remained mysterious. "

Anyone sense a plot of a scifi or alt-history novel?
 
2012-04-16 10:08:28 PM  
FTFA: An elusive particle that is its own antiparticle may have been found

To clarify for our Kentucky-based friends, it's like when you have a kid with your sister, you're both the father *and* uncle to that baby.
 
2012-04-16 10:09:08 PM  
Now the world ends. Guess the Mayans were right after all.
 
2012-04-16 10:10:13 PM  

AverageAmericanGuy: FTFA: An elusive particle that is its own antiparticle may have been found

To clarify for our Kentucky-based friends, it's like when you have a kid with your sister, you're both the father *and* uncle to that baby.


Much 'preciated.

-Uncle Daddy
 
2012-04-16 10:10:16 PM  
Where's my flying car?

TFA: Some researchers suggest that in the future, this mysterious particle called a Majorana fermion could be useful in carrying bits of information in quantum computers.

Ah, ok, watching porn then. Even better.
 
2012-04-16 10:10:19 PM  

Summercat: "But in 1938, he took a boat trip from Naples to Palermo and disappeared. His body was never found, and the circumstances of his disappearance have remained mysterious. "


I'm not saying it was nazis

but it was nazis
 
zez
2012-04-16 10:10:19 PM  
But in 1938, he took a boat trip from Naples to Palermo and disappeared. His body was never found, and the circumstances of his disappearance have remained mysterious.

That story sounds way more interesting than that science mumbo-jumbo in the article.
 
2012-04-16 10:12:35 PM  
a1.phobos.apple.com

"Parkay!"
 
2012-04-16 10:13:36 PM  
[whatthefarkamireading.jpg]
 
2012-04-16 10:15:17 PM  
Just to be clear, they haven't discovered any new elementary or fundamental subatomic particles (like electrons, neutrinos, quarks, etc.). As the article points out later, they've constructed a condensed matter system which has a mode of excitation that behaves like a Majorana fermion - a "quasiparticle", not a real particle.
 
2012-04-16 10:17:28 PM  

Ambitwistor: Just to be clear, they haven't discovered any new elementary or fundamental subatomic particles (like electrons, neutrinos, quarks, etc.). As the article points out later, they've constructed a condensed matter system which has a mode of excitation that behaves like a Majorana fermion - a "quasiparticle", not a real particle.


There's no killjoying like nerd killjoying.
 
2012-04-16 10:20:47 PM  
zez
But in 1938, he took a boat trip from Naples to
Palermo and disappeared. His body was never
found, and the circumstances of his
disappearance have remained mysterious.
That story sounds way more interesting than
that science mumbo-jumbo in the article.
`
This attitude is why TLC, Discovery Channel, etc show so much useless crap.
 
2012-04-16 10:30:26 PM  
"Researchers think they have created majorana fermions, which have identical antiparticles but which don't annihilate each other, at the ends of a nanowire device, shown here with orange balls."

cache.jezebel.com
 
2012-04-16 10:31:17 PM  
So will this get me any closer to my flying car?

No?

Just some scientists sciencing then...
 
2012-04-16 10:32:08 PM  
(which is its own antiparticle)

It sees itself in a mirror and explodes with a shower of smoke and ash?
 
2012-04-16 10:32:27 PM  
Legalize Medical Majorana Fermions!
 
2012-04-16 10:33:27 PM  
meme.zenfs.com
 
2012-04-16 10:33:44 PM  
And what do we DO with all these particles when we're done with them? Our landfills will be FULL of majorana fermions!!

Ban the majorana fermions now!!
 
2012-04-16 10:35:02 PM  
Majorana fermion, hmmm..did this sound like a part of a womans anatomy to anyone else? Or is it just me.
 
2012-04-16 10:35:31 PM  

Oznog: Legalize Medical Majorana Fermions!


Washington had 'em on his plantation!!!!!!
 
2012-04-16 10:37:28 PM  

Oznog: Where's my flying car?

TFA: Some researchers suggest that in the future, this mysterious particle called a Majorana fermion could be useful in carrying bits of information in quantum computers.

Ah, ok, watching porn then. Even better.


Majorana Fermion sounds like a German dominatrix's name. So maybe it's watching itself in porn?
 
2012-04-16 10:37:36 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: Majorana fermion, hmmm..did this sound like a part of a womans anatomy to anyone else? Or is it just me.


No, but your Logon does.
 
2012-04-16 10:38:18 PM  
Majorana Fermion?

Wasn't that one of the green-skinned space babes Kirk got it on with?
 
2012-04-16 10:38:47 PM  
Futurama marjoram?
 
2012-04-16 10:40:32 PM  
sgnilward

[whatthefarkamireading.jpg]
`
Fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE)
`
The FQH effect opened up a new chapter in condensed matter physics.
The new type of orders represented by FQH
states greatly enrich our understanding of
quantum phases and quantum phase transitions.The associated fractional charge, fractionalstatistics, non-Abelian statistics, chiral edgestates, etc demonstrate the power and thefascination of emergence in many-body systems.
`
That is a [whatthefarkamireading.jpg] that will make your brain bleed.
 
2012-04-16 10:41:04 PM  

Ambitwistor: Just to be clear, they haven't discovered any new elementary or fundamental subatomic particles (like electrons, neutrinos, quarks, etc.). As the article points out later, they've constructed a condensed matter system which has a mode of excitation that behaves like a Majorana fermion - a "quasiparticle", not a real particle.


Yeah, but aren't all particles just an excitation of some field?

Or are fields just the aggregate behavior of particles?

/drunken physics thread
 
2012-04-16 10:42:02 PM  
Is being your own antiparticle like being your own grandpa?
 
2012-04-16 10:42:04 PM  

Bit'O'Gristle: Majorana fermion, hmmm..did this sound like a part of a womans anatomy to anyone else? Or is it just me.


Yes, but one of those ones that we guys aren't supposed to believe exists.
 
2012-04-16 10:42:49 PM  
Cool.
 
2012-04-16 10:42:55 PM  
www.filmofilia.com

msnbcmedia2.msn.com


Orange balls vs Blue balls!
 
2012-04-16 10:46:15 PM  
So where's my Delorean Time Machine?
 
2012-04-16 10:50:53 PM  
Majorana Fermion was in my 5th grade class. She had braces but she would put her mouth on it for a Hostess SnowBall.
 
2012-04-16 10:51:06 PM  
1937? By now, it's more likely a limpion.
 
2012-04-16 10:53:47 PM  
Scientists find this but not the G-spot. Where are their priorities?
 
2012-04-16 10:57:14 PM  
i know very little about physics, but i assure you that there is no "the majorana fermion", there may be "a majorana fermion"
 
2012-04-16 10:59:50 PM  
Congratulations! Great news, this changes everything!

Now STFU poindexter and WHERE THE HELL IS MY FLYING GODDAM CAR?!
 
2012-04-16 11:05:27 PM  

BuckTurgidson: Congratulations! Great news, this changes everything!

Now STFU poindexter and WHERE THE HELL IS MY FLYING GODDAM CAR?!


Right here ^
 
2012-04-16 11:10:51 PM  

Mr. Potatoass: BuckTurgidson: Congratulations! Great news, this changes everything!

Now STFU poindexter and WHERE THE HELL IS MY FLYING GODDAM CAR?!

Right here ^


Fail. if you need a pilot's license and can't take and land on public roads it's not a car. It's a drivable plane
 
2012-04-16 11:11:01 PM  

revrendjim: Yeah, but aren't all particles just an excitation of some field


Yes, but not all fields are "fundamental". Phonons ("sound") are excitations of a "field" (density in a medium), but that doesn't really give them the same status as, say, electrons.
 
2012-04-16 11:12:46 PM  
"But in 1938, he took a boat trip from Naples to Palermo and disappeared. His body was never found, and the circumstances of his disappearance have remained mysterious. "

Don't know what the mystery is - Majorana was traveling from Naples to Palermo and met AntiMajorana traveling from Palermo to Naples.
 
2012-04-16 11:20:37 PM  
So, do we know how magnets work now or not!?!
 
2012-04-16 11:26:54 PM  

All_Farked_Up: Mr. Potatoass: BuckTurgidson: Congratulations! Great news, this changes everything!

Now STFU poindexter and WHERE THE HELL IS MY FLYING GODDAM CAR?!

Right here ^

Fail. if you need a pilot's license and can't take and land on public roads it's not a car. It's a drivable plane


Or helicopter
 
2012-04-16 11:29:28 PM  

Summercat: "But in 1938, he took a boat trip from Naples to Palermo and disappeared. His body was never found, and the circumstances of his disappearance have remained mysterious. "

Anyone sense a plot of a scifi or alt-history novel?


Someone sew Tom Clancy to Dan Brown.

Just because, really. They don't need to write anything.
 
2012-04-16 11:39:16 PM  
monicarodgers.files.wordpress.com
is not impressed
 
2012-04-16 11:58:43 PM  

Summercat: "But in 1938, he took a boat trip from Naples to Palermo and disappeared. His body was never found, and the circumstances of his disappearance have remained mysterious. "

Anyone sense a plot of a scifi or alt-history novel?


same captain that sunk the cruise ship last year?

too damn lazy to look an of it up - apologies
 
2012-04-17 12:07:26 AM  
In this image, Paul Dirac proudly displays a crude representation of boobs. Asked to explain his discoveries in quantum mechanics, Dirac responded that they 'cannot be explained in words at all'.

static.guim.co.uk

/Really not going off on a tangent with that one.
//First thought when anti-matter is mentioned is Dirac.
///Or that ST:TOS episode.
 
2012-04-17 12:15:49 AM  

lenfromak: Is being your own antiparticle like being your own grandpa?


Many many years ago when I was 23....

/definitely not obscure for Fark
 
2012-04-17 12:28:12 AM  
media.onsugar.com
 
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