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(Gizmodo)   Slow news day. All we have today is the discovery of a new sub-atomic particle that would rewrite the rules of matter. No biggie   ( divider line
    More: Cool, particles, gluons, discovery, Particle Physics, quarks, positrons  
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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-06-18 04:51:32 PM  
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They call it a particle, but at that lifetime and production rate it's better called a resonance state. They suggest the particle might be a pion and a J/ψ meson that slow down for a brief chat when they get close to each other. That's even less impressive than putting two alpha particles next to each other and calling it Beryllium 8.
2013-06-18 11:35:54 PM  
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Rhypskallion: FTA:   ..a bump in their data, at 3.9 gigaelectronvolts ....

This seems familiar somehow...

I was thinking the same about the 10-23
2013-06-18 09:16:30 PM  
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Rent Party: And by "rewriting the rules of physics" they mean "completely within our current understanding of particle physics."

Nothing in our current understanding allows for a particle made up of four quarks and most definitely not a quark antiquark pair plus another quark and a different antiquark.
2013-06-18 06:37:54 PM  
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Felgraf: But you just... you just said "It could be a thing which we've never seen before! It could also be this other thing. But probably not, because we've never seen that second thing before."

It can't be the second thing because of something called the Pauli exclusion principle which states that certain particles can't inhabit the same quantum state in the same place at the same time. It's a bit sloppily written, but it's accurate.
2013-06-18 04:28:56 PM  
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Fun, but nowhere near having to "rewrite" particle physics. Come on.

Science: A causes B under very specific circumstances.
Media: A causes B ALL THE TIME!!!
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