In a first of its kind experiment, physicists from Washington State University have created the only known matter in the world with “negative mass.” Unlike every other physical object in the world we are familiar with, this mass accelerates backward under pressure.
This phenomenon, known as the intuitive side of Newton’s Second Law of Motion (force is equal to the mass of an object times its acceleration (F=ma)) — could possibly explain some of the more bizarre phenomenon in space, like black holes, but also, backward time travel.
Cosmologists had proven negative mass can exist in our Universe more than a decade ago, yet, creating a substance with negative mass in a lab has not been successfully attempted before now.
It was previously assumed that negative mass objects would require “exotic” particles which would not exist in our Universe, until physicists were proven wrong. Scientists held their previous assumptions about negative mass because if it existed in our neck of the cosmological woods, it would defy Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity.
Scientists such as Saoussen Mbarek and Manu Paranjape from the Université de Montréal in Canada say they’ve found a solution to Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity that allows negative mass to exist without breaking any essential assumptions, but the implications are far reaching. They’ve insinuated that these different “positive” and “negative” masses would create a plasma which essentially allow for space travel.
Normally, if you were to exert a force (push) a regular mass as we’ve previously understand it, the object would move away from us.
“That’s what most things that we’re used to do,” said Michael Forbes, a WSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington. “With negative mass, if you push something, it accelerates toward you.”
So how did physicists create negative mass (well, mass that behaves as if it were a negative mass if you wan’t to get technical)?
First, they cooled rubidium atoms close to absolute zero. This creates a Bose-Einstein condensate in which particles move very slowly and behave more like waves (as described in the famous double slit experiment).
Scientists then used lasers to kick atoms around until they started spinning backwards. When the rubidium rushes out fast enough, if behaves as if it had negative mass.
“Once you push, it accelerates backwards,” Forbes says. “It looks like the rubidium hits an invisible wall. What’s a first here is the exquisite control we have over the nature of this negative mass, without any other complications.”
This lab-created negative mass can now be used to test theories about dark matter, black holes, astrophysics, time travel, and more.
For example, scientists have previously suggested that dark matter and dark energy should be considered a negative mass. Others have suggested that black holes could be key in traveling back in time, as well as to extremely distant places in our Universe.
The main issue to overcome, in theory, is that anything that gets close to a black hole is sucked in by its immense gravitational pull, which is so strong that not even light can escape, but if negative mass moves in the opposite direction with a little “push,” then black holes could hold a key to space-time travel coupled with this new research.
Some theorize that dark matter, negative mass, and black holes create time tunnels (or ‘space’ tunnels which are really one and the same) which allow space travel in ways we have previously only witnessed in sci-fi movies.
This “stuff” fills in the holes of our Universe, but it may also be the wormhole “midnight express” to different times in history, and far-flung solar systems.
Now that negative mass can be created and observed in a lab, you can bet some phenomenal observations, with far reaching implications, are about to be unveiled.
Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida
A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.
In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.
“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.
Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.
Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.
Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.
Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.
However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.
Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son
A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.
The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.
The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.
“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.
“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.
The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.
The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.
“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.
The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.
Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter
The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.
However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.
In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.
It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.
The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.
Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.
The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.
Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.
The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.
The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.