Skip to comments.Mysteriously Shrinking Proton Continues to Puzzle Physicists
Posted on 04/15/2013 11:09:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin
DENVER The size of a proton, long thought to be well-understood, may remain a mystery for a while longer, according to physicists.
Speaking today (April 13) at the April meeting of the American Physical Society, researchers said they need more data to understand why new measurements of proton size don't match old ones.
"The discrepancy is rather severe," said Randolf Pohl, a scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics. The question, Pohl and his colleagues said, is whether the explanation is a boring one someone messed up the measurements or something that will generate new physics theories.
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global warming is the cause
They thought the universe was expanding. And now the truth comes out....we’ve been shrinking.
Both protons and mesons are composed of quarks (3 in a proton, 2 in a meson), so that makes them lumpy, not spherical. How do you measure the radius of a lump?
Good news! I have some pants. that are getting pretty tight.
...the more we learn
the more we know
we don't know anything
So funny..we all think of Costanza...
The universe is winding down. Protons have no choice but to diminish. It is all Obama’s fault. Obama not only diminishes America, he diminishes the universe itself. And so it will be until a real natural born American becomes president of the US and we are exceptional once again. Then the universe will expand and the proton will gain weight.
Man-Made Global Warming.
What's in a proton?
I know nothing. This is a confirmation.
These guys are a bunch of quacks/quarks....whatever...
It IS shrinking but the price stays the same and the manufacturer hopes you won’t notice!
At that scale of distance you can't talk about the location of a quark but only the probability of its being in any given location. The probability distribution of quarks in a proton in its ground state is spherical.
You guys are making fun of this article, but for me, it could be a matter of life and death. I just had a cancer treatment using protons as bullets. If the protons they used are bigger than they thought, they may have killed more tissue than they wanted to. It’s a lot different to be shot with a .22LR than a .45HP. Right now, I think they used those .45 Talon type protons. I hurt all over.
Prayers for your quick recovery.
In such medical applications it’s not the size of the protons that matters though, it’s how they are used.
“measurements are simply wrong.” Silly boy! This will require great gobs of money to clear up.
That's what the ladies say ... until they see my protons.
The proton is not shrinking. Never did and never will. The proton could care less whether some scientist measures it right. Maybe this will teach the scientists some humility, but I doubt it.
I don't understand the controversy. They changed the way they measured, and got a different answer.
It's like how inflation is calculated. They don't count energy or food. If they stopped counting housing, the economy would look even better.
There's a HUGE variable here. Because it is a HUGE variable, there's no proof the protons are smaller. They just got a different reading from a different type of test.
But, yeah. Someone is going to be hitting us taxpayers up for cash and probably get it. Who can say no to money if the universe dying? It's as big as the coming ice age...er....global warming - I mean climate change. Sheesh!
The Proton has been Sequestered by the Obasama.
The proton’s football team was a little taken aback by the news that they are a little smaller. The coach was asked whether his team could still place first in the particle league.
“Oh, yeah, everyone on the team is still very positive.” he said.
“...they need more data to understand...”
Interpret that to mean “...they need more FUNDING to understand...”
ask Victoria’s Secret?
Honey I shrunk the protons!
A neutron walks into a bar and asks “how much for a beer?”
The bartender says “For you? No charge.”
Two atoms walk out of a bar - one says “Hey, I think I lost an electron in there?”.
The other says “Are you sure?”
And he says “I’m positive!”.
They should name it “GDP”.
With allowances for the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, one hopes.
You’ll probably have to buy new pants anyway. I’ve heard those pants protons shrink fastest of all.
Well, through catalytic means resulting in the emission of ultraviolet light, the electron of the hydrogen atom can be reduced to a considerably lower ground state and yet remain chemically active, yielding many novel compounds. So should it surprise us that what was formerly believed to be size of a proton could, through mechanisms not yet observed or even hypothesized, be reduced in size?
Professors are expected tp produce and that means publishing and bringing money into their institutions. Here we thought our protons were doing just fine and feeling good and now they’re shrinking away, we’re told.
Should you buy or sell your protons or buy the stock? or maybe proton futures? Stay tuned and keep a scientist off the dole.
I highly recommend this procedure to anyone you know that gets prostate and other cancers. Many of the people I received treatment with were told there was nothing they could do, so go home and die. A friend I made there had throat cancer and was given 6 months to live. He is completely cured now and is home back at work. It is an excellent treatment for contained tumors that can be "aimed" at. tumors that have spread usually have to have chemo and radiation.
The proton beam can even destroy tumors of the eye without losing your sight. They have a whole wing for prostate treatment, but many more are treated for brain and other locations. I wept almost daily for the children that were treated there with brain cancer. Many had already been cut on other places and then sent home to die. I consider myself an unpaid proton booster for MD Anderson. If you have to have cancer, get it treated there. They were all wonderful to me. BTW, many high dollar people were there also. We had people from Hollywood to China to Saudi Arabia getting treatment there. If people with money chose MD Anderson, that was a pretty good endorsement for me. There was even a personal friend of GW Bush there who got treatment. The doctor that pretty much wrote the software treatment dosages was my personal doctor.
Bad news.....they don't make pants large enough to fit you.
If I have to go around without any pants it ain’t gonna be pretty.
Don't be so hard on yourself, let us be the judge.........
If you told me to haul a&$ I would have make two trips.