posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 02:11 PM
First off, Id like to point out that the Dr. Quantum videos are obviously designed to sensationalize the phenomenon, not explain it. I'd reccommend
reading Stephen Hawking's Books, also Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed, by Dr. Jim Al-Khalili (look on amazon).
What happens through the slits is not perfectly understood. Instead of trying to say exactly what happens, we build a framework that models what
happens instead. This is known as the "quantum wave function" or "probability function". We say, at any given time a particle has this % CHANCE
of being in a certain location. When we observe what happens, the quantum wave function collapses, meaning we are 100% sure it is in that place at
that time.
The phenemon is rephrased often as Schrodingers Cat. Imagine a cat is in a box, where there is a poisonous gas which can be triggered randomly by the
decay of a large atom. Without looking in the box, you cannot say for sure if the cat is dead or alive. The cat is both "dead and alive" for all
practical purposes. Other sites go into this in great detail.
The actual process of observing the cat or the buckyball in a slit changes the quantum information that surrounds it's behavior.