advertisement advertisement advertisement On Wednesday, a group of scientists revealed a finding that has the potential to unravel our understanding of the universe. A tiny, subatomic particle called the muon appears to be breaking the laws of physics as we know them. The question is: How? And why? advertisement Muons, described as more massive, less stable cousins of the electron—"fat electrons," if you will—were thought unlikely to upend the principles of modern physics until 2001, when researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York observed the particles behaving strangely. Roughly 200-fold heavier and far more radioactive than electrons, muons defied theoretical predictions when immersed in a magnetic field, appearing to be pushed and pulled in magnetic moments that could not be accounted for. While inconclusive at the time, the experiment and its results have tantalized physicists ever since. Need some quick facts about the muon? This poster is for you! #gminus2 https://t.co/JTRNv9e005 pic.twitter.com/7lNtk0V5hf — Fermilab (@Fermilab) April 6, 2021 With this most recent finding, scientists are growing increasingly confident that the blanket Standard Model —which is the prevailing theory for the architecture of the universe—is missing something: a layer that would explain the muon's irregularities. By probing this hole in the fabric,… Read full this story
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