Looking for Lost NeutronsCategory: Science & Technology
Posted: June 15, 2012 06:52PM
Just like everyone else, when scientists lose something, they try to find it. Unlike most people though, scientists will propose looking in mirror universes. In some experiments, researchers have noticed neutrons disappearing from the data. As reported by Springer, some theoretical physicists are proposing that these neutrons have flipped into a mirror universe at a rate much faster than what many expected.
After careful examination of the data, the researchers found that the number of very slow free neutrons to go missing was related to the direction and strength of the magnetic field they were in. The theory these researchers put forth is that these neutrons were transitioning into their invisible mirror twin, and back. Such a transition, according to the theory, is effected by magnetic fields, which means it could be experimentally discovered.
Curiously this theory could also be used to explain dark matter, by describing it as mirror particles popping into our universe and bringing their mass with them. Until such time as an experiment proves this theory wrong, there may just be a mirror world to our own, possibly even with mirror versions of us, if science fiction has been right for all these years. I somewhat hope science fiction is wrong though, because I don't look good with a goatee.