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Originally posted by kennyb72
reply to post by soficrow
What I find fascinating is that this phenomena was discovered by accident when a scientist decided to use the decay of an isotope to generate random numbers. In all these years didn't it occur to anyone to double check to establish if a scientific constant was actually constant, unbef#@!nglievable.
Either that or it really is a new phenomena.
Totaly agree though incredibly exciting.
Originally posted by Hypnagogia
What about it's not the rate of radioactive decay that is speeding up, it's staying constant.
But it's time iteself ?
Originally posted by prevenge
interesting video quite on point of topic if I do say so myself....
Most neutrinos passing through the Earth emanate from the Sun. Every second, in the region of the Earth, about 65 billion (6.5×1010
Pauli originally named his proposed light particle a neutron. When James Chadwick discovered a much more massive nuclear particle in 1932 and also named it a neutron, this left the two particles with the same name. Enrico Fermi, who developed the theory of beta decay, coined the term neutrino in 1934 as a way to resolve the confusion. It is the Italian equivalent of "little neutral one".
Because antineutrinos and neutrinos are neutral particles it is possible that they are actually the same particle. Particles which have this property are known as Majorana particles. If neutrinos are indeed Majorana particles then the neutrinoless double beta decay process is allowed. Several experiments have been proposed to search for this process.
Before the idea of neutrino oscillations came up, it was generally assumed that neutrinos travel at the speed of light. The question of neutrino velocity is closely related to their mass. According to relativity, if neutrinos are massless, they must travel at the speed of light. However, if they carry a mass, they cannot reach the speed of light.