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2014-02-25 11:11:49 AM  
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Subby, you're a genius.
2014-02-25 09:04:59 AM  
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Cool science result and I hate to be that guy but this article has a metric shiat-ton of physics mistakes.

"Top quarks are the heaviest of subatomic particles, and are prime components of all matter--everything from mayonnaise to your big toe. But while they are in virtually everything, they are impossible to isolate from matter under ordinary circumstances."

There are no top quarks in us. Neutrons and protons are made of up and down quarks.

"In the first instance, top quarks were produced by strong molecular forces, by slamming a proton and anti-proton into each other. But in the 2008, and now the 2014 discovery, top quarks were produced in a rare event, via weak molecular forces. The finding helps reinforce the Standard Model, which predicts that quarks can be made by exploiting both types of molecular forces, Denisov said. "It's important that all forces in nature, strong and weak, equally produce the top quark."

Molecular forces are electromagnetic and are unrelated to what the colliders are probing. They do, of course, probe the weak and strong forces which are very different from molecular forces. At first I thought this was a semantic mistake and he had just put "molecular" in front of weak/strong but looking at link to weak molecular force in the article, it's clear he is talking about the electromagnetic forces between molecules.

Sorry for the rant!
2014-02-25 08:23:06 AM  
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