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It's not everyday that scientists observe a brand new particle, but today is one of those rare breakthroughs in history.
A team of physicists at Princeton University and the University of Texas at Austin announced on October 2 that they have observed a new particle that has eluded detection for nearly 80 years! It only took scientists 48 years to detect the Higgs boson. No one really knew how they would go about searching for this particle until 2001, which is why it's taken the better half of a century to detect it.
Meet the Majorana fermion. This new particle was first predicted by Italian physicist Ettore Majorana in 1937, and is unique because it is the only particle in existence that can adopt both matter and antimatter characteristics simultaneously without annihilating itself in the process.
In fact, the Majorana fermion is surprisingly stable but also extremely elusive.
Normally when particles of matter come into contact with their antimatter counterparts, the result is an intense explosion of energy. Some think that these antimatter annihilations would be a good way to power rockets and spacecraft. So, a particle that can take on matter and antimatter properties simultaneously would, one might think, be incredibly unstable. But that's not the case with Majoranas.
originally posted by: EA006
a reply to: Xcathdra
Lol i totally misread the name of the new particle.....Mary Jane particle...
Anyways....I'm thinking new weaponry or warp-drive.
only particle in existence that can adopt both matter and antimatter
originally posted by: rickymouse
I'm guessing they will somehow make it into a bomb. That is what usually happens with great discoveries like this. If they can use this technology to build rockets, they can also use it to build things that explode.
Do we really need more weapons of mass destruction? The ones that desire power do