Team is first to capture motion of single molecule in real time



Chemists at the Univ. of California,
Irvine, have scored a scientific first: capturing moving images of a
single molecule as it vibrates, or “breathes,” and shifts from one
quantum state to another. The groundbreaking achievement, led by
Ara Apkarian, professor of chemistry, and Eric Potma, associate
professor of chemistry, opens a window into the strange realm of quantum

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Reversic Acid

Reversic acid is a rare fluid that can reverse the angle of light traveling through it. Science remains unable to completely explain the phenomenon, though it was known to Ancient Egyptians who believed it to be the work of Set.

When light travels through a normal liquid like water, the light simply travels through unaffected. But when light travels through Reversic acid, it gets confused and the photons forget which way to go, an interruption in what scientists call “Quantum Memory”. Magnifying glasses are assumed to work on a similar principle, in which the photons forget what size they are and grow larger.

Though practical applications are scarce, experiments have taken place to exchange the vitreous humor (The water inside your eyeballs) with Reversic Acid. The results as reported by the first test subject stated that he could not only see backwards, but backwards in time, thus witnessing his own birth.


Scale of the universe

Scroll to your hearts content from the Planck length to the diameter of the observable universe - click on any object and it will open an info box - I can’t imagine how much work must have gone into this. A few surprising things: Pluto has a smaller diameter than the width of the USA and Vatican city can fit in central park multiple times.

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Scientists achieve reliable quantum teleportation for first time
Einstein is wrong? That’s the potential outcome of a quantum mechanics study as scientists race to disprove his views on entanglement.

Albert Einstein once told a friend that quantum mechanics doesn’t hold water in his scientific world view because “physics should represent a reality in time and space, free from spooky actions at a distance.” That spooky action at a distance is entanglement, a quantum phenomenon in which two particles, separated by any amount of distance, can instantaneously affect one another as if part of a unified system.

Now, scientists have successfully hijacked that quantum weirdness — doing so reliably for the first time — to produce what many sci-fi fans have long dreamt up: teleportation. No, not beaming humans aboard the USS Enterprise, but the teleportation of data.

Physicists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, part of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, report that they sent quantum data concerning the spin state of an electron to another electron about 10 feet away. Quantum teleportation has been recorded in the past, but the results in this study have an unprecedented replication rate of 100 percent at the current distance, the team said.

Thanks to the strange properties of entanglement, this allows for that data — only quantum data, not classical information like messages or even simple bits — to be teleported seemingly faster than the speed of light. The news was reported first by The New York Times on Thursday, following the publication of a paper in the journal Science.

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Ever heard of quantum locking? That’s the crazy demo you see above.

Curious scientist Boaz Almog is making an extremely cold superconductor (that super-thin disk) hover — dead still — above a magnet. And like a mad scientist’s version of Hot Wheels, he’s pushing it into a frictionless dash around and around a magnetic track.

See, superconductors are unique in two ways: They allow electrical currents to pass through without friction, and they hate magnetic fields. Once a material is in a state of superconductivity — which comes from being very, very cold — it tries to stay in that state.

So when you put it over a magnet, the superconductor locks in place to prevent any strands of magnetic field from moving around inside it and generating heat. And if you put it over a circular magnetic loop and give it a gentle nudge, it gets locked in a mesmerizing loop.

Pretty cool. No pun intended. Watch the full demonstration »

"We think this is reality. But in philosophy, that’s called naive realism:  "What I perceive is reality." And philosophers have refuted naive realism every century for the last 2,500 years, starting with Buddha and Plato, and yet most people still act on the basis of naive realism.

Now the argument is, “Well, maybe my perceptions are inaccurate, but somewhere there is accuracy, scientists have it with their instruments. That’s how we can find out what’s really real.” But relativity, quantum mechanics, have demonstrated clearly that what you find out with instruments is true relative only to the instrument you’re using, and where that instrument is located in space-time. So there is no vantage point from which real reality can be seen.

We’re all looking from the point of view of our own reality tunnels. And when we begin to realize that we’re all looking from the point of view of our own reality tunnels, we find that it is much easier to understand where other people are coming from.

All the ones who don’t have the same reality tunnel as us do not seem ignorant, or deliberately perverse, or lying, or hypnotized by some mad ideology, they just have a different reality tunnel.  And every reality tunnel might tell us something interesting about our world if we’re willing to listen.

The idea every perception is a gamble, seems to me so obviously true that I continually am astonished that I could forget it so many times during the course of 24 hours. But to the extent that I remember it, I just can’t stay angry at anybody, so it’s a thing worth keeping in mind.”


The mass of quantum particles is fundamentally unknowable

"This is because there’s that same inherent tension-and-uncertainty between energy and time as there is between position and momentum! So if you have a very small uncertainty in the timescale of a particular system, there must inherently be a very large energy uncertainty.

Think about this in terms of a particle’s lifetime, now. If a particle stably (or quasi-stably) exists for a very long period of time, its energy uncertainty can be very small. But what of an inherently short-lived, very unstable particle? Its energy uncertainty must be huge to compensate; Heisenberg demands it.

And now for the kicker: if there’s a large uncertainty in a particle’s inherent energy, and we know that there’s an energy-mass equivalence via E = mc^2, then the shorter a particle’s lifetime is, the less well-known its mass can be, even in principle!”

Just when you thought quantum mechanics couldn’t get any weirder: turns out that the mass of any individual particle is fundamentally UNKNOWABLE. Thanks a lot, Universe.