There's a new breakthrough in quantum mechanics. Scientists Oppenheim and Wehner have just discovered that the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and the theory of Non-Locality are intricately linked mathematically.
Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle explains that you cannot measure a quantum particle's position and momentum at the same time. It is only possible to observe one or the other. The theory of Non-Locality is best described by the phenomenon of Quantum Entanglement, where particles that are far away from each other can spookily coordinate and react to each other from afar. Einstein literally said this effect was "spooky."
It turns out that the information sent via non-locality is determined by the uncertainty relations.
Scientist Stephanie Wehner used to be a hacker for hire, and her fresh new perspective and approach in her current job in physics allowed for the discovery to be made. Article on PhysOrg
Mathematical simulations can be made for two black holes merging, but before now, they had to be very close in size in order for us to handle it. A full simulation was just completed for two black holes with 1:100 size ratio. In nature, mergers won't be of the same size; so we've brought our calculations from a complex model, to a much more complex and realistic model. Article on PhysOrg
Image Credit: Hans-Peter Bischof
In a similar vein, scientists have recently simulated a more realistic version of the birth of a black hole. The new simulation uses an asymmetrical star collapsing to form two black holes instead of one. Unfortunately, the constraints of the simulation made it unable to include the merging of the two black holes or even to locate exact event horizons of the two black holes within the simulation. Nevertheless, this is, yet again, a scenario requiring the application of more complex math, which in turns allows for unprecedented realism. Article on The Physics ArXiv Blog | Paper on ArXiv
YA HERD YET? WE ISOLATED ANTIMATTER FOR A LIL BIT!
This story is all over the web. I mean all over. Instead of me talking about it check this out:
From the horse's mouth, CERN's Article
Berkeley Labs is also just about as good as you can get. Article here.
Article on SymmetryMagazine. (always quality stuff over there)
Article on PhysicsWorld
Article on Ars Technica
Article on BBC News
Article on InsideScience
Article on Reuters... But they in the same breath say CERN created antimatter and trap antimatter, implying, in their ultra short article, equal importance in these two things. Antimatter has been created in particle accelerators for years. /sigh
Great Article on ScienceNews
The point of all this is that it's really big news. Whether because pop culture movie plots are jiving with real science (on one of those rare occasions,) or whether it's just an awesome enough story for people to be interested; either way it's good attention.
Image Credit: CERN. This is the ALPHA experiment from this story
"Buy Your Own Jetpack" ........ do I even need to say anything other than OMG?
Article on Discovery News
Every 50 years..... THE RATS ATTACK US!!!! ... No, seriously. Article on BBC News
What changes will nanotechnology bring to our lives? Article on PhysOrg
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