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The Top Ten Physics Highlights of 2002 183

Posted by michael
from the physics-is-phun dept.
Ocelot Wreak writes "Physics Web has a cool summary of The Top Ten Physics Highlights of 2002. These include anti-atoms, neutrino oscillation - a finding that requires new physics beyond the Standard Model, defying the second law of thermodynamics, and using neutrons to measure quantum gravitational effects, amongst others. For some reason, the Slashdot Effect and the latest research on iPod-based Beowulf clusters were not included..."
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The Top Ten Physics Highlights of 2002

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  • by First_In_Hell (549585) on Friday January 03, 2003 @02:49PM (#5007922) Homepage
    That was the most intelligent thing I have heard in a while. Nice way to put it.

    People always talk about striving to eliminate stereotypes & groupings, but always feel the need to keep reminding everyone about it anyway bringing us back to the same problem.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 03, 2003 @03:06PM (#5008066)
    But you see, if more women get into physics, then more men will. I was a physics major and, trust me, the dating scene was grim.

    We need more physicists. This is an important first step.
  • by NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) <john@oyler.comcast@net> on Friday January 03, 2003 @03:29PM (#5008273) Journal
    It's called a logic gate. Look it up in a book on basic logic theory. Duh.
  • by Draxinusom (82930) on Friday January 03, 2003 @06:16PM (#5009940)
    It's not particularly important per se, but the increasing numbers are an indicator that the sciences may be becoming more gender-blind. Unless you believe that there's a gender-inherent reason women don't become physicists, in a truly just world we should see an equal number of male and female physicists; maybe we're (slowly) getting there.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 03, 2003 @06:42PM (#5010182)
    I find it interesting that all but one of these highlights occured outside of the USA -- and that one being a joint effort with Japan. Where the USA does feature however, is the deplorable episodes at Berkely and Bell Labs. To my mind, this is evidence that the self-destruction of the USA empire has begun -- don't worry it happens to all empires -- and that the world at large would be well advised to start ignoring the American scientific community now lest they pollute the world of science further; until they come to their senses that is, no need for irrational xenophobia.
  • by bcrowell (177657) on Friday January 03, 2003 @07:02PM (#5010346) Homepage
    I talked to someone I know who's an expert on neutron detection, and he's pretty skeptical about the tetraneutron.

    One big problem is that a random coincidence between four neutrons from unrelated events could masquerade as a tetraneutron. The paper [arxiv.org] says they have the random-coincidence rate all figured out, but it's the kind of thing that is notoriously hard to be sure about.

    With any other exotic nuclear species, you can catch it in a metal foil, and then find out stuff about it, e.g., what particles it emits when it decays. The tetraneutron, if it exists, can only be detected by destroying it, which makes it hard to measure any of its properties. If you can't measure any of its properties, it's pretty hard to be sure it's real.

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