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The Proton Just Got Smaller 289

Posted by samzenpus
from the size-does-matter dept.
inflame writes "A new paper published in Nature has said that the proton may be smaller than we previously thought. The article states 'The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. But the new measurements could mean that there is a gap in existing theories of quantum mechanics. "It's a very serious discrepancy," says Ingo Sick, a physicist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who has tried to reconcile the finding with four decades of previous measurements. "There is really something seriously wrong someplace."' Would this indicate new physics if proven?"
Space

Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the moving-to-better-quarters dept.
DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."

Comment: Re:physical access (Score 2, Insightful) 618

by Mithyx (#31810764) Attached to: What Advice For a Single Parent As Server Admin?

My dad used to love taking the power cord from the computer during summer vacation to try and keep me off of it. What he didn't know was the TV used the same kind of cord, so it was pretty easy to swap them out while he was at work.

When he figured out what I was doing, he took that power cord away as well. I guess he really expected me to play outside all day.

Poor guy never found the spare power cord that I kept in my room.

Comment: Re:When... (Score 1) 599

by Mithyx (#31132984) Attached to: Gov't Proposes "National Climate Service" For the US

I don't think that any reasonable person, or even most of slashdot, considers a skeptic a bad person. It's people who post crap without any evidence to back their claim that are a problem.

If you say you believe in global warming... sorry, climate change... because random news caster told you to believe it, you're no better than the one that doesn't believe it because random news caster told you it's fake.

Comment: Re: Obama Care (Score 1) 318

by Mithyx (#29450149) Attached to: Professor Posts "Illegal Copy" of Guide to Oregon Public Record Laws

I don't care if you're left or right health care 'reform' was one of Obama's main election platforms so I think ObamaCare is a fitting term.

True, but it still marks GP as a right-winger who wants to give it a bad name. Saying "ObamaCare" makes it sound like it's his pet project. It doesn't sound as positive as health care reform or something along those lines.

Comment: Re:The status quo (Score 1) 426

by Mithyx (#29294323) Attached to: Major ISPs Seek To Lower Broadband Definition
I would say you're an exception to the rule. Most of the people who do speedtest.net are going to be generally the same people who will spring for the faster internet connection. That's not to say that no one will test on their 56k connection, just that you're in the minority.

But I do agree with you. The US isn't as bad for internet connections as a lot of us make it out to be. There is a lot of room for improvement, though.

Comment: Re:yeah right (Score 2, Interesting) 484

by Mithyx (#29238861) Attached to: Solar Roadways Get DoT Funding

...Also why do they have to make roads out of them.. where did that come from? Just put them out on land somewhere, you don't have to drive all over them.

This was my first thought too. Making the solar panels into roads (or vice versa) is compounding the problem. Just put the 25,000 mi^2 of solar panels in the middle of the desert and call it even. Adding a layer of glass or some sort of protective surface is going to lessen the efficiency and raise the cost of production and maintenance. I'm all about green energy, but there are better places we could be spending our money and energy.

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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