cman: Can someone dumb it down even more for a moron like me? Thank you
Steve Zodiac: light photons
Majick Thise: Steve Zodiac: light photonsI may also be wrong but I thought photons had a minuscule mass.... I thought that solar sails were a tech that was proven to work at least in theory. Google tells me that that do work but a very quick search doesn't confirm the 'mass' theory
revrendjim: Majick Thise: Steve Zodiac: light photonsI may also be wrong but I thought photons had a minuscule mass.... I thought that solar sails were a tech that was proven to work at least in theory. Google tells me that that do work but a very quick search doesn't confirm the 'mass' theoryNo, photons have energy and momentum, but no mass.
skinink: Why are we building these machines just to look for the crumbs of God?
HawgWild: skinink: Why are we building these machines just to look for the crumbs of God?Because we stopped building spaceships to look for His Face ...nice
snuff3r: [www.wired.com image 200x200]"Kent, this is god."/obscure?
Durendal: Steve Zodiac:while some things don't- light photons, neutrinos, and other exotic things.Didn't they figure that neutrinos do have mass, even if it is incredibly slight?
Steve Zodiac: cman: Can someone dumb it down even more for a moron like me? Thank youI will probably get part of this wrong, but here is my understanding. Under the Standard Model of Quantum physics, all forces are really particles which interact with with atoms, or parts of atoms. So electricity, magnetism, nuclear forces (strong and weak) and gravity are all caused by the interaction of particles on atoms. The holy grail of physics is to find one theory which explains all 4 forces (nuclear, gravity, etc). Magnetism and electricity were actually explained as different aspects of the same force by a man named Maxwell in the 1860's. The nuclear forces were figured out in the 1920's and 30's, and they were tied to the electro-magnetic theory in 50's thru the 70's. Gravity has not been integrated into this theory. One of the problems with the particle theory of force is why do some things have mass (you, me, stars, planets, etc) while some things don't- light photons, neutrinos, and other exotic things which have been proven to exist but to the best of our measurement (which keeps getting better) do not have mass. For simplistic purposes, consider mass to be what we 'weigh' when we put something on a weight scale. Photons would not ever weigh anything, no matter how massive a planet or sun their weight was measured on. Gravity can affect these items but cannot not make them 'weigh' anything, or more accurately, have any mass. The Higgs Boson is a theoretical particle which would allow this type of behavior to occur. It is that particle which causes things to have mass, at least theoretically, by interacting with atoms or the components of atoms. Scientists were able to predict that IF the Higgs Boson existed it had to be found at a certain energy level. The Large Hadron Collider is the first man made detector capable of producing the energy required to find the Higgs Boson. If they found it within the energy range that theory predicted then it may finally allow physicists to tie ...
Deep Contact: So they found a smaller particle and then they will find an even smaller particle, you see where I'm going.
MasterAdkins: Has nothing to do with god, just someone's poor explanation for the ignorant masses.
larrycot: I have irrefutable proof that humans never actually mature beyond 12 years of age.I can't read Large Hadron Collider without unintentionally transposing it to Hardon./It's a small sample size//Need to go write a grant
phrawgh: Deep Contact: So they found a smaller particle and then they will find an even smaller particle, you see where I'm going.Yes. It's infinitesimal particles all the way down.
whatshisname: The Higgs boson is regarded as the key to understanding the universe.Bullshiat. What a pile of careless, sloppy, sensationalist science writing.
fragMasterFlash: "Not this shiat again..."
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