The "standard model" of physics views particles as infinitesimal points, some of which carry basic forces. In spite of the fact that it fails to include gravity and becomes gibberish at high energies, the time-tested theory is the best tool scientists have for explaining physics.
They need the Higgs boson heavy particle to make the standard model work.
String theory is the leading contender seeking to unify the age-old theory of gravity with physical explanations for how very small particles behave. In string theory, elementary particles are not point-like, but instead are more akin to strings.
The various forms of string theory each require the existence of at least six extra spatial dimensions. Each is invisible, theory holds, because it is rolled up, stringlike, into a space too small to see. Physicists call this "compactification."
To see the strings, one would 'zoom in' ever closer to reveal greater detail and, 'dimensions'.
The theory of quantum mechanics predicts that two or more particles can become "entangled" so that even after they are separated in space, when an action is performed on one particle, the other particle responds immediately. Scientists still don't know how the particles send these instantaneous messages to each other, but somehow, once they are entwined, they retain a fundamental connection.
Sympathetic vibrations, twins connected over distances, and affecting the electrons of objects with the electrons of a thought are 'explained' by quantum mechanics.
Catch a Neutrino
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An important step in 'explaining everything' is to demonstrate how some different elements are actually the same element being something else. Neutrinos do this. In a new study researchers observed a single neutrino that had transformed from muon-type to tau. (Article)
This is one of the reasons for building particle accelerators, like the one that didn't get built in Texas, (Congress killed the project in 1993).
Now, About Firefox
Last night I installed the new Safari 5.0 browser and used it to produce my blog, here at Blogspot. I had tried using Safari before, but I found it didn't fit easily in the world of Google Docs and the Blogger editor, but people will be using the mobile version of the Safari browser on iOS with iPhones, iPods, and the iPad. So, I thought I would see if I could write my blog with Safari, and use HTML5 for video and graphics. The answer is; "No, not at this time."
It was cumbersome, time consuming, and the process held back the flow of creativity.
Sort of like using a PC with Windows.
Firefox is the optimum browser for what I am doing on this blog. The way that I use 'tabs' instead of windows is fast and convenient with Firefox. All of the editing features of Google Docs work well with Firefox. When I copy this draft, and paste it into the Blogger editor, it will be reproduced just as I have constructed it here in Google Docs. All the images and graphics are transported by Firefox to Blogger, with no lost or altered elements.
For this, I choose Firefox 3.6.4
Having this abundant choice of options and tools for communicating is exciting.
What an extraordinary time we live in.
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