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Majorana discovery?

  1. Oct 5, 2014 #1

    jim mcnamara

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    http://thewestsidestory.net/2014/10/05/18346/obscure-majorna-particle-discovered-encompasses-matter-antimatter/ [Broken]

    Reports the direct observation of Majorana particles, by Princeton researchers. Is there anything substantive to this? - or is it just a Science writer getting it wrong?
     
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    On first glance, it appears to be a science writer getting it wrong. He says they lower the metals to below absolute zero, and the clarity of the article isn't very large. It makes me suspicious.
     
  4. Oct 5, 2014 #3

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    I have no idea if the research being discussed it valid or not, but certainly the article is terrible.

    I have no idea what "tough" and "hard" properties are and I doubt the writer does either. I suppose he's trying to emphasize complicated.

    This is where I stopped reading.
     
  5. Oct 5, 2014 #4

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    I think it's more a case of a writer who can't THINK.
     
  7. Oct 5, 2014 #6

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    Obviously, if this is happening in iron, it's not a fundamental particle. If you read better articles, you will see that this is a quasiparticle: a type of crystal defect that can be treated using the same mathematics as in field theory.
     
  8. Oct 6, 2014 #7

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    Article at sciencemag.org

    They are clearly referring to quasiparticles. Abstract:
     
  9. Oct 8, 2014 #8

    jim mcnamara

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    The same thing happens in Biology articles from the mainstream press. It seemed awful from the get-go, but there were no citations to get me further down the road. Did a Google search and found nothing.

    Thanks for the input. And the links.
     
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