atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2957: Tachyons?

Maybe. Experimental error is more likely, but since we're pretty sure that tachyons would be neutrinos of one stripe or another, it fits.

It also would be the first experimental evidence from particle physics that would make serious trouble for General Relativity.

The Feynman model says that antimatter is just normal matter moving faster than light. To us, the positron is moving left to right; but the positron is actually moving right to left, V>C. It's superluminal velocity inverts its time vector and apparent structure, satisfying the Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction equation for cases where V>C...and so if it encounters an electron, the two particles annihilate each other. So--theoretically--if you're making antimatter, what's actually happening is that you're just kicking out some particles faster than light.

...but here's the problem: they don't appear to move faster than light. A positron can't go from A to B faster than a photon would. (If the positron is actually an electron moving from B to A at V>C, though, isn't that a moot point?)

What's happened at CERN is, neutrinos were created at A...and detected at B a few nanoseconds before a photon could have crossed the distance. There's no apparent temporal inversion, as you see using the Feynman model; you've got a neutrino going from A to B, apparently at V>C.

This is why it could set General Relativity on its ear...if this isn't experimental error.

The Theory of Relativity has not been falsified, ever. We keep it around precisely because every time someone does an experiment that tests its precepts, the theory is demonstrated to be sound. Every time. There has never, never, ever been an experiemnt run that falsified GR.

If this is not the result of experimental error, then the guys at CERN have discovered something very, very exciting indeed...but I'm not going to hold my breath.

* * *

As planned, I rode the motorcycle to therapy and to do my various errands. Once done with therapy, I rode the motorcycle around a big square: Route 1 to Sauk Trail, Sauk Trail to Western, Western to Exchange, and Exchange to Super Burrito!, after which I returned to the bunker to feed.

...played WoW for a little while, and then flopped for three hours. Only three. *sigh*

Friday I must do some shopping, and finish cleaning. There is very little left to do in the kitchen--mainly wipe the counters and clean the floor--and the bathroom remains to be cleaned in its entirety. Alles in ordnung! ...or close to it, at any rate.

A couple days after I bought chuck roast at $4.19 per pound, of course it went on sale at $3.19 per pound. I'm going to buy a couple more 2 lb chunks of the stuff at that price, and chuck it (heh) into the freezer downstairs.

Still haven't done a damn thing about locating a cheaper source of beef than the local market. Trooper Lefty sent me some info, but with everything going on I haven't had a moment to think about buying beef at sane prices.

And I'm still thinking about trying to get a deer this season.


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I've been having fun with Erogami, though. Tanking is more fun that I thought it would be, though as my armor improves I find myself running out of rage mid-battle, because I'm not generating it fast enough, because it's increasingly hard to hit me.

I hit "revered" with Bilgewater Cartel (goblins) thus giving me a total of five 16-slot bags, so any subsequent rep gains will get me 16-slot bags for my bank tab. I've resisted buying netherweave bags at the auction house because--at least on Galakrond, horde side--they're too flippin' expensive. 22 gp buy-it-now--sheesh. I did buy one, though, because my bank tab was getting too crowded.

Before I took my nap, I worked on leveling fishing and cooking. I'm still a way from getting some useful recipes but I'm working on it.

I found myself with a couple of spare mageweave bags (12-slot bags) and was going to vendor them when I realized that I can resell them on AH because they're not soulbound. So I threw them up there for like 5 GP apiece, and we'll see how they do.

Once I've hit "revered" with the zombies and blood elves, I'll have all the cheap 16-slot bags I can get and will have to resort to buying too-expensive netherweave bags at 22 GP apiece. Oh well. Inventory management is a pain in this game but at least it's not impossible to master.

* * *

When I was at the store last, I bought bagels and cream cheese, and I'm already down to 1 bagel and almost no cream cheese. *sigh* It's on the list.

There really isn't much that I need, but one item on the list is a bag of dry dog food. Whee!!

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