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A fundamental force that holds electrons inside atoms and governs
how charged particles and light interact is a little weaker than
previously thought, scientists reported today.
The strength of electromagnetic force, one of the four fundamental
forces of nature, is specified through a value known as the fine
structure constant. Through studying an individual electron in isolation,
scientists were able to calculate a new value for this number that is
six times more precise than previous estimates.
"Little did we know that the binding energies of all the atoms in the
universe were smaller by a millionth of a percent--a lot of energy given
the huge number of atoms in the universe," said Gerald Gabrielse,
a researcher at Harvard University.
Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
but it makes me wonder if calculations involving binding forces were used in making atomic weapons.
Perhaps the decline of the electromagnetic field on Earth is causing a destabilization of the binding force of matter on Earth...If that be the case, this could be very serious indeed.