DailyDirt: If I Could Catch Time In A Bottle…

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The scientific method relies on independent verification of measurements and results, but sometimes it’s not easy to replicate experiments or measure things at the leading edge of science. Scam artists are often identified when they explain that their results are so far advanced that no one else can replicate them. Real scientists, though, don’t buy that. Here are a few scientific discoveries that still need a bit more verification.

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6 says:

“Does anti-hydrogen rise, fall or do nothing in a gravitational field? “

That would depend on which way the field lines were going. It should not “do nothing” as they can be magnetically trapped. One would expect there charge to be +e because it has a positron around it but I may be mistaken about that.




artp (profile) says:

Time in a bottle

About your title: “If I Could Catch Time In A Bottle…”

Jim Croce’s agent [Bad, Bad Leroy Brown] called. He wants his royalties. He said, “I’ve Got A Name, and You Don’t Mess Around With Jim. Don’t make me do this The Hard Way Every Time, or you’ll be singing those Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues. So pay up, or it’ll be More Than That Tomorrow.”

Just thought I’d pass it on! 😉

LDoBe (profile) says:


It would have a net charge of 0, exactly the same as Hydrogen.

An antiproton has a charge of -1, a positron has a charge of +1, making a neutral particle.

The “surface” of antihydrogen would be positive and attracted to the “surface” of regular matter.

The general consensus is that antimatter has regular positively signed energy-matter of the same values as it’s matter counterparts, and would fall towards regular matter and antimatter alike.

Pixelation says:

“This sub-atomic particle has been nicknamed the “God Particle” — but it looks like it’s just a matter of time before people either find it or start re-writing modern physics.”

If it truly is the God particle it will only be found when it is good and ready. If it has a sense of humor it will wait until physics is re-written. Now that would be funny!

TimothyAWiseman (profile) says:

Give the CERN team credit

The phrasing on this quote “the CERN team that first said they saw some FTL neutrinos, now admit they made a couple mistakes. ” does the CERN team a disservice.

They arranged an incredibly complex experiment and got anomolous results. When they could not find a reason, they presented to the broader community for analysis. They always contemplated that it could be an error or systematic flaw. This phrasing, while technically accurate, seems to imply that they tried to hide or were at least surprised by the fact there were mistakes.

A better phrasing would be “the CERN team, after displaying unusual data, determined definitively that it was caused by a mistake and what that mistake was with input from the broader scientific community.”

The CERN team worked hard, honestly presented their results with full contemplation it might include errors, and publicized all details when they were known. The Scientific Community, including the CERN team, worked exactly the way it should in this case.

Anonymous Coward says:


except they are talking about what it would do under the influence of GRAVITY.. not a magnetic field.

and of course gravity affects anti-matter just like affects normal matter.

ie it would be influenced by gravity the same way as ‘normal’ hydrogen does.

Hydrogen also does not ‘rise’ by itself, it rises because in air it is less dense, it therefore floats. (lighter than air).

considering I would expect there to be little or no air mixed with the anti-matter H+, that it would be attracted by the gravity of the earth, and would tend to fall, just as normal hydrogen would fall, when not suspended in air.

what level of science education do they have in the US ?

no wonder your country is going to shit!

Anonymous Coward says:

scientific method

clearly you dont understand that either, how was Darwins scietific theory of evolution ‘repeatable’?

it is not about having it independly tested by another lab, it is a scientific consensus.

Global warming has been determined by applying ‘the scientific method’ to the earths climate, there is a concensus amoung the majority of scientists that is exists.

You cannot ‘do the experiment’ in another lab to prove it, we have only one earth.. evolution cannot be confirmed in another ‘lab’ as we have only one earth.. does not mean that the science in invalid.

physics is being re-written every day as knowledge of physics progresses.

did you guys ever go to school ? if so how come you failed to learn anything ? or is it because you ‘have the internet’ there is no reason to think anymore!! or are you just stupid ?

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