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5 of the biggest unsolved mysteries in physics
Yahoo ^ | 1/31/12 | Tecca - Today in Tech

Posted on 01/31/2012 2:06:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge

The mysteries of the universe are as vast and wide as existence itself. Throughout history, mankind has searched and struggled to find the answers tucked away inside the universe and everything we see around us. ..

True, we have yet to come up with the answers to life, the universe, and everything — but oh do we have questions! Solving these mysteries may help to explain not only the creation of the universe, but also how it works, why it works, and possibly how it will end.

1. The Higgs boson

The Higgs boson is a hypothetical particle whose accompanying field is believed to be accountable for giving all other fundamental particles their mass. ..

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2. Gravity and the mysterious graviton

We've all heard the story of how Newton's observation of an apple falling out of a tree led to his formulation of the law of gravitation.

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3. Dark matter

Dark matter is a mysterious sort of glue that not only holds galaxies together but is theoretically responsible for their creation. It was initially hypothesized in 1933 to explain mathematical discrepancies while calculating the mass of galaxies; .. Since then, we haven't learned a whole heck of a lot more about dark matter.

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4. Faster-than-light travel

Admit it — if you've ever watched Han Solo and Chewie take the Millennium Falcon to light speed, or stared in awe the first time you saw the Starship Enterprise jump to maximum warp, you've wanted to see faster-than-light (FTL) travel. ..

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5. How will it all end?

Assuming the standard model is true, our universe's end will likely all come down to one of three theories, each of which depends upon three things: ..

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Chit/Chat; Conspiracy; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: biggest; mysteries; physics; stringtheory; unsolved
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1 posted on 01/31/2012 2:07:00 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

The Universe will end mired in debt.


2 posted on 01/31/2012 2:12:51 PM PST by steve8714 (Hitchens was wrong.)
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To: NormsRevenge
The Higgs boson is a hypothetical particle...

Translation: they made it up, so they can conficate some of our money to study it. Kind'a like human-caused global warming.

3 posted on 01/31/2012 2:15:07 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

...conficate?

That’s confiscate, of course!


4 posted on 01/31/2012 2:16:10 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: NormsRevenge
The Higgs boson is a hypothetical particle whose accompanying field is believed to be accountable for giving all other fundamental particles their mass. ..

Sort of sounds like God... except the hypothetical part.

5 posted on 01/31/2012 2:17:08 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: JimRed
Translation: they made it up, so they can conficate some of our money to study it. Kind'a like human-caused global warming.

The existence of the neutrino was hypothesized long before it was actually detected.

So what in your careful review of the physics literature leads you to the conclusion that the Higgs Boson is a fabrication?

6 posted on 01/31/2012 2:18:16 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: JimRed

Nope, not even close.


7 posted on 01/31/2012 2:19:13 PM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: NormsRevenge

“Why are a majority of academically smart people, worldwide, so profoundly dumb, whenever it comes to their own political ideology choices (left to far left)?” This should be one of the questions, IMHO.


8 posted on 01/31/2012 2:19:59 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: Strategerist

Science has been pretty accurate in their discovery of theoretical sub atomic particles.

My personal favorite is the theoretical Tachyon. A particle that can travel no slower than the speed of light.


9 posted on 01/31/2012 2:21:21 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: JimRed

Hey, hey, hey, no disparaging attemps at unification.

The math demands something like it to make the standard model happy. It’s best not to disturb the math gods.

Anyway, I do have proof that the WIMP particles exist.

There’s one living in the White House now.


10 posted on 01/31/2012 2:21:21 PM PST by Da Coyote
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..and this too!

NASA Probe Discovers ‘Alien’ Matter From Beyond Our Solar System (4 types of alien atoms)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2840713/posts


11 posted on 01/31/2012 2:21:59 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Bookmarked for later.

Great stuff, NormsRevenge. Thank you!!!

BTTT!!!

12 posted on 01/31/2012 2:22:36 PM PST by betty boop (We are led to believe a lie when we see with, and not through the eye. — William Blake)
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To: NormsRevenge
"The mysteries of the universe are as vast and wide as existence itself. Throughout history, mankind has searched and struggled to find the answers tucked away inside the universe and everything we see around us. .."

Why don't they just open their Bibles.

13 posted on 01/31/2012 2:23:18 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: Da Coyote
There’s one living in the White House now.

The hypothesized dark matter?

14 posted on 01/31/2012 2:23:56 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: Da Coyote
Anyway, I do have proof that the WIMP particles exist.

There’s one living in the White House now.

Actually, it's a composite of two particles: one "weakly interacting", and the other one "massive".

15 posted on 01/31/2012 2:24:30 PM PST by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Da Coyote
There’s one living in the White House now.

The hypothesized dark matter?

16 posted on 01/31/2012 2:24:30 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: 17th Miss Regt

Hehehe.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 2:24:40 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: betty boop

YW! It’s a little break from the maddening process we are forced to witness in FLorida! ;-)


18 posted on 01/31/2012 2:24:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

6. Why are cats made of strange sub-atomic particles that observe an unusual twist on Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle: Regardless of which side of the door a cat is on, he always wants to be on the other side.


19 posted on 01/31/2012 2:25:30 PM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: steve8714

“The Universe will end mired in debt.”

I have been on the computer too long so far today, and now since you’ve got me “rolling on the floor with laughter”, I can call it a day, and go do something else.

Thanks.


20 posted on 01/31/2012 2:26:05 PM PST by Wuli
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To: NormsRevenge

BTW I believe “The Universe” is on tonight on H2 at 10 pm eastern.


21 posted on 01/31/2012 2:26:19 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: NormsRevenge

There was no big bang, there will be no big crunch. This removes the need for magical pixie dust like “dark matter”.


22 posted on 01/31/2012 2:27:03 PM PST by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: NormsRevenge; SunkenCiv

Cosmic Mystery #6: WOMEN.

23 posted on 01/31/2012 2:29:41 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
Geeky hot chicks rule!

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That is all.
24 posted on 01/31/2012 2:33:13 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: JimRed
Then a miracle happens Pictures, Images and Photos
25 posted on 01/31/2012 2:34:17 PM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: NormsRevenge

No mention of the greatest mystery of all. The location of that mating sock in the dryer. That may be too tough to contemplate solving without newer, more advanced technology.


26 posted on 01/31/2012 2:36:30 PM PST by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: 17th Miss Regt
There’s one living in the White House now.

The hypothesized dark matter?

...or the black hole of tax revenue.

27 posted on 01/31/2012 2:37:53 PM PST by nomodem
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To: betty boop

uh, 42?


28 posted on 01/31/2012 2:43:31 PM PST by brivette
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To: Thane_Banquo
The cat instinctively realizes the results of being half way through.
29 posted on 01/31/2012 2:44:50 PM PST by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: NoGrayZone
Why don't they just open their Bibles.

Because they don't find all the answers they are looking for there.

30 posted on 01/31/2012 2:46:28 PM PST by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: NoGrayZone
Why don't they just open their Bibles.

Probably because the universe we can see with modern technology is more accurate than the universe that was written about thousands of years ago.

31 posted on 01/31/2012 2:47:36 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: cripplecreek
Bazinga! How's about this weather! Do you think we need to bother with the groundhog this year. :)
32 posted on 01/31/2012 2:51:03 PM PST by MotorCityBuck ( Keep the change, you filthy animal!)
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To: NormsRevenge

6. The Thermos.


33 posted on 01/31/2012 2:51:22 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
“Why are a majority of academically smart people, worldwide, so profoundly dumb, whenever it comes to their own political ideology choices (left to far left)?”

Because 1) they're government workers, either directly or indirectly, and 2) they think they are so smart that other people shouldn't have more than them. It's no fair. It insults their vanity. There is also a subset that have had to deal with being the target of envy their whole lives. Playing leftist enables them to deflect envy as well as get laid by the hippy girls, not that that is much of an accomplishment.

34 posted on 01/31/2012 2:52:04 PM PST by Reeses
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To: Paradox

They can look to their hearts content....they will never find them, not in the way they seek.


35 posted on 01/31/2012 2:54:58 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: brivette
42 what?

Need more details....

36 posted on 01/31/2012 2:57:08 PM PST by betty boop (We are led to believe a lie when we see with, and not through the eye. — William Blake)
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To: MotorCityBuck

I say bring on that global warming. Up to nearly 55 degrees in southern Mi today.


37 posted on 01/31/2012 2:57:16 PM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: steve8714

LMAO!! One could spend many semesters anlyzing that Q&A.


38 posted on 01/31/2012 2:58:41 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Moonman62
"Probably because the universe we can see with modern technology is more accurate than the universe that was written about thousands of years ago.",/i>

If true, they wouldn't still be looking for so many answers.

Tell me, what is their explanation of the "big bang"......something so huge and perfect coming from nothing?

Heck, they STILL don't know how the human brain works.

39 posted on 01/31/2012 3:01:45 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: betty boop
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference. 42 is the answer to the question about life, the universe, and everything. You go volumes before they finally find out what the question was.

That turned out to be "What is eight times seven?" ;-)

40 posted on 01/31/2012 3:04:14 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: martin_fierro

You know, the Native Americans used every part of the boson.


41 posted on 01/31/2012 3:05:48 PM PST by SoothingDave
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
The academic leftward inclination is directly proportional to how idiotic and useless the subject of study is.

Women's studies, cultural studies, sociology, education, communication, etc are all bastions of leftwing academics.

Physics not so much. I think many physicists would have to be reminded that there WERE such a thing as politics.

42 posted on 01/31/2012 3:11:08 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Da Coyote
The only massive part of the Weakly Interacting Massive Particle is his head (MAssive Compact Halo Objects - MACHO).

Evidence for a massive yet compact head includes its extreme density whereas the halo is thought to be an artifact generated by media interaction.

It is unfortunate that no aspect of the current WIMP could be considered MACHO.

43 posted on 01/31/2012 3:15:55 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: brivette

But what is the question?


44 posted on 01/31/2012 3:19:12 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: NoGrayZone
If true, they wouldn't still be looking for so many answers.

Many discoveries lead to more questions. God making the universe comprehensible is amazing.

Tell me, what is their explanation of the "big bang"......something so huge and perfect coming from nothing?

Your premise is wrong. Scientific theory says the universe was very small and imperfect in the beginning. Like many you are assuming that creation is perfect like God. Jesus turned it down for a reason when it was offered.

The link between the very small and the very large is another amazing observable fact in creation.

Heck, they STILL don't know how the human brain works.

They know a lot more about how it works than they did 10 years ago, and a heck of a lot more than when the Bible was written.

I suggest that you give up all technology not based on the Bible. You can start by turning off your computer.

45 posted on 01/31/2012 3:21:43 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: SoothingDave
Where did Native Americans find woodwind instruments....

Sheesh

46 posted on 01/31/2012 3:22:44 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: allmendream
I am currently reading a book on the Large Hadron Collider (Knocking On Heaven's Door) and being lectured on the reality of Global Warming by a physicist.

Sigh...

47 posted on 01/31/2012 3:26:04 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: Moonman62
"Many discoveries lead to more questions."

And why do you think that is?

"Like many you are assuming that creation is perfect like God. Jesus turned it down for a reason when it was offered."

Adam and Eve came before Jesus.

"They know a lot more about how it works than they did 10 years ago"

Actually, they don't. They assume things, but have no idea why. Still a "mystery".

48 posted on 01/31/2012 3:27:48 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: NoGrayZone

I’ll bet if your appendix were about to burst, you’d let an atheist surgeon operate on you. Or would opening the Bible be enough?


49 posted on 01/31/2012 3:42:15 PM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: Ken H

What does my appendix have to do with my Bible? Is there a verse I am unaware about where He says to let it burst?

What does the vast universe have to do with my appendix as well?


50 posted on 01/31/2012 3:48:45 PM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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