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December 19, 2011

Son Jarah Quoted in Discovery's Top Science Story of 2011

The quote I liked is:

One of the most intriguing ideas comes from Jarah Evslin, Emilio Ciuffoli, and Xinmin Zhang of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, who are using one unexplained phenomenon to account for another. Dark energy is a mysterious kind of antigravity thought to operate on a cosmological scale, pushing galaxies apart and causing the universe to expand ever-more quickly. Evslin and colleagues propose that dark energy changes its behavior in the presence of large masses like Earth. It could be scrunching space-time together near the planet so that the neutrinos' route becomes slightly shorter - 20 meters shorter, to be exact - than the measured value of 730,534.61 meters. "It creates a shortcut," Evslin says. "The neutrinos see the distance between CERN and Gran Sasso as being less than we do."

The paper with this theory in it is at http://arxiv.org/abs/1109.6641

Turns out that clicking on the embedded "inside" link below will only get you to a screen which hangs without explanation if you're not signed into zinio with an account which includes Discover access. You'd think they'd at least want to serve you an explanation with an ad. But that's not what this post is about.



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