Wednesday, May 20, 2020

"NASA detects evidence of parallel universe that's probably better than the one we're in"

A caution upfront: this story is from the Daily Star via the New York Post, not exactly Proceedings A of the Royal Society* but probably more accurate than some media outlets that gentle reader could name.

From the New York Post, May 19:
NASA scientists detect evidence of parallel universe where time runs backward 
In a scenario straight out of “The Twilight Zone,” a group of NASA scientists working on an experiment in Antarctica have detected evidence of a parallel universe — where the rules of physics are the opposite of our own, according to a report.

The concept of a parallel universe has been around since the early 1960s, mostly in the minds of fans of sci-fi TV shows and comics, but now a cosmic ray detection experiment has found particles that could be from a parallel realm that also was born in the Big Bang, the Daily Star reported.
The experts used a giant balloon to carry NASA’s Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna, or ANITA, high above Antarctica, where the frigid, dry air provided the perfect environment with little to no radio noise to distort its findings.

A constant “wind” of high-energy particles constantly arrives on Earth from outer space.

Low-energy, subatomic neutrinos with a mass close to zero can pass completely through Earth, but higher-energy objects are stopped by the solid matter of our planet, according to the report.
That means the high-energy particles can only be detected coming “down” from space, but the team’s ANITA detected heavier particles, so-called tau neutrinos, which come “up” out of the Earth.
The finding implies that these particles are actually traveling backward in time, suggesting evidence of a parallel universe, according to the Daily Star....
*The currently most popular paper at Proceedings A is "A contribution to the mathematical theory of epidemics" Published:

There is also Proceedings B which was split off from what hat just been Proceedings of the Royal Society early in the last century to cover biology in its own journal and where the currently most popular paper is "A 250-year index of first flowering dates and its response to temperature changes (Published 07 April 2010) and just for grins and giggle here's an early report on global warming's impact on the Arctic via the Minutes of Council:
"It will without doubt have come to your Lordship's knowledge that a considerable change of climate, inexplicable at present to us, must have taken place in the Circumpolar Regions, by which the severity of the cold that has for centuries past enclosed the seas in the high northern latitudes in an impenetrable barrier of ice has been during the last two years, greatly abated.

(This) affords ample proof that new sources of warmth have been opened and give us leave to hope that the Arctic Seas may at this time be more accessible than they have been for centuries past, and that discoveries may now be made in them not only interesting to the advancement of science but also to the future intercourse of mankind and the commerce of distant nations."
—President of the Royal Society, London, to the Admiralty, 20th November, 1817
President of the Royal Society, Minutes of Council, Volume 8. pp.149-153, Royal Society, London.
20th November, 1817.
There is also Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society whose back issues start in 1665.