For One Tiny Instant, Physicists May Have Broken a Law of Nature
New Haven, Conn. — For a brief instant, it appears, scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island recently discovered a law of nature had been broken.
Action still resulted in an equal and opposite reaction, gravity kept the Earth circling the Sun, and conservation of energy remained intact. But for the tiniest fraction of a second at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), physicists created a symmetry-breaking bubble of space where parity no longer existed.
Sounds of Science: Brookhaven's Particle Collider (RHIC) Ramping Up
In this annotated sound file, you can hear what it might be like to be one of the particles whizzing around Brookhaven National Lab’s atom-smasher at practically the speed of light. This recording was created in 2005 and the frequencies had to be reduced by a factor of 12 to put the sounds in a range audible to human ears.