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6 Scientific Discoveries That Laugh in the Face of Physics
Let's say you have a toy truck, and you angrily smash it into bits with a
hammer (because you're a troubled child). You would still have the same amount
of truck that you started with, just in a different form than the original. But
as you lift your hammer from the pile of toy parts following your last whack,
you find that they've completely disappeared from existence.
You know this can't happen because matter cannot be created or destroyed. So
at the end of Terminator 2, when the T 1000 fell into the pit of molten ore,
that glowing pool of lava had the T 1000's mass and atomic components swimming
around in there. The same thing happens when an asteroid gets sucked into a
black hole. Even though we can't see inside the black replica louboutin hole, we can tell matter isn't being
destroyed because the mass of the black hole increases by one asteroid. This is
all making good sense, and then the universe makes like the Terminator timeline
and just goes nuts. This happens when the black hole just up and evaporates,
leaving scientists wondering where everything that got sucked in there went.
Black holes evaporate over time, and by "evaporate" we mean "disappear from
existence," along with everything it sucked in. The science behind this gets
pretty complicated, but to put it as simply as possible, when black holes
evaporate, they should emit a record of everything that was sucked in there
written in the radiation. But according to Stephen Hawking, the black hole only
gives off random heat energy.
In layman's terms: If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of
getting sucked into a black hole, you disappear completely from existence, as
does any evidence that you ever existed.
"And this is possible thanks to a little principal called no goddamn clue.
If they'd only thrown the T 1000 into a black louboutin shoes replica hole, and the Terminators had to go
back in time before that happened, he wouldn't be in that timeline. Even with
time travel, the universe wouldn't know how to put him back together since the
black hole that ate him disintegrated into nothing.
2. The Particle That Knows We're Watching
If you're a sports fan, you've probably experienced the irrational belief
that your team's success relies on whether or not you're watching the TV. If
you're a nerd, you're probably familiar with the weeping angels from Doctor Who
who never moved when being observed. Old wives have been documenting the
dramatic effect observation has on whatever you're watching when they noted that
"a watched pot never boils."
Tireless research by our interns and the people who hold our interns at
gunpoint has found that watched pots do, indeed, boil.
This is, of course, just the human mind finding patterns where they don't
exist. To believe their eyes are controlling the outcome of the game, sports
fans have to ignore the fact that they are one of thousands who probably believe
the timing of their piss break is crucially important to the outcome of the
game. The old wives' tale is really just a testament to how boring life used to
be for married women over the age of 30. And Doctor Who is about an ugly guy who
time travels via phone booth, so it's not the height of scientific rigor. Except
that the alien race of angels statues when you looked at them, capable of moving
at incredible speeds when you weren't were actually based on a real, replica
louboutin shoes observable scientific paradox known as the Quantum Zeno
Nerds 1 House wives and their football watching husbands 0.
Over the course of a day spent observing some unstable uranium, scientists in
Texas noticed something strange. Uranium is unstable and decays over time in a
process called radioactive decay. And when they left it alone, unwatched in the
petri dish, the uranium did as it was told. But whenever they tried to watch it,
the uranium just sat there not really doing anything, like a pot of water
mocking an old spinster from a burning stovetop.
The second day came and the same thing happened; the uranium that should have
been breaking apart like a sandcastle getting pounded by the waves of each
passing second just sat there mocking them. The lab reported their findings to
other labs, presumably after putting each other through rigorous psychiatric
testing. And somehow, against all reason and logic, it turned out the initial
experiment wasn't just everything in Texas being crazy like usual. Everyone else
saw the same thing. Certain particles will never decay if you're observing them,
which means that you can essentially stop time by paying attention to certain
"I'm God as long as I don't blink."
The paradox defies the law of entropy, as well as common sense, logic and
we're pretty sure the Harry Potter universe. This is the equivalent of taking
photos of your child so much that she doesn't age, or staring at last night's
turkey dinner so that it won't go bad.
We know that certain unstable elements decay. We have evidence of it
everywhere in nature. But put them under a microscope and they seize up like a
dog who refuses to do the trick you taught him when the neighbor's watching.
Except radioactive isotopes aren't supposed to be able to notice stuff like the
giant eyeball staring at them behind that plate glass window.
So in case you ever feel like we've got the universe figured out, keep in
mind that in certain conditions, the universe appears to be actively keeping
secrets from us.
Nobody move. They're watching.
1. Einstein's Theory: Relatively Full of Crap (Also? Time Travel!)
If the universe had speed limit signs, they would all read 299,792,458 meters
per second. That's the speed of light, and according to Albert Einstein's
special theory of relativity, this is the maximum speed that energy and matter
can travel. For those of us raised on warp speed and hyperdrives, it's easy to
miss just how important and concrete this law is. It's the central assumption of
Einstein's theory, and pretty much everything that's been written about science
for the past half dozen decades rests on Einstein's theory being true. Back in
the 1940s, the scientific replicachristianlouboutin.com community decided to take him at
his word because he was on the cutting edge of modern hairstyles and usually
knew what he was talking about when it came to science, and they never really
"Look at the man's mustache. Of course he's an expert."
Enter the experiment known as OPERA (Oscillation Project with three sciencey
words that aren't Earned Run Average). In September of 2011, scientists at CERN
(Europe's particle physics lab near Geneva in Switzerland) shot a beam of
particles 730 kilometers away to the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Gran
Sasso, Italy. The problem was that they showed up 60 nanoseconds early, which
doesn't sound like a big margin until you understand that in order for this to
happen they would have to have traveled faster than the speed of light.
Those particles were in an awful hurry to get to a pretty boring
Come on, Italy! Didn't we just go over this remember Einstein? We're pretty
sure Moses even included something about this in the 10 Commandments. So
obviously the entire world was a little skeptical of the discovery and wanted
the tests redone. So they did, and scientists worldwide shit their collective
pants with each retesting of the findings: Every single rerun produced the same
This recent flipping of the modern physics model on its head means that
faster than light travel is now possible. Not for you (yet), but certain
particles can now travel distances that should take thousands of years to cross
in seconds. The corners of the farthest galaxies are now fair game, but the most
important implication of all is that because the neutrinos travel faster than
light, they aren't affected by time the way everything in the visible universe
is affected by time. This recent discovery has scientists at CERN toying with
the notion of sending neutrino messages to their past selves. Though it's likely
a long way off in the future, you did hear that correctly; time travel is now a
very real and attainable possibility.
Pictured: The wild haired man who advanced our understanding of the time
space continuum, and some guy with a mustache.
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