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Researchers: Bizarre Antartic particles might shatter modern physics

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Recent cosmic ray activity in Antartica is  provoking question and speculation:

Physicists don’t know what it is exactly. But they do know it’s some sort of cosmic ray — a high-energy particle that’s blasted its way through space, into the Earth, and back out again. But the particles physicists know about — the collection of particles that make up what scientists call the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics — shouldn’t be able to do that. Sure, there are low-energy neutrinos that can pierce through miles upon miles of rock unaffected. But high-energy neutrinos, as well as other high-energy particles, have “large cross-sections.” That means that they’ll almost always crash into something soon after zipping into the Earth and never make it out the other side.Rafi Letzter, “Bizarre Particles Keep Flying Out of Antarctica’s Ice, and They Might Shatter Modern Physics” at Space.com

If the Standard Model (Big Bang theory) were shattered half as many times as claimed, it would be the Standard Smithereens by now.

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Note: There is an unsettling amount of rubbish at YouTube about the “ghost particle.” Here is a view of some more conventional Antarctic residents:

2 Replies to “Researchers: Bizarre Antartic particles might shatter modern physics

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    goodusername says:

    If the Standard Model (Big Bang theory)

    In multiple threads you’ve seemed to indicate that the “Standard Model” is shorthand for the Big Bang theory. The Standard Model is the model of how we believe subatomic particles interact and behave. It has nothing to do with the Big Bang theory.

    https://physics.info/standard/

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    Regardless of whether News reported the proper limits of Standard Model–which has some flexible interpretations–the point being made is that everyone whose livelihood depends on it is simultaneously tired of it. Whether it is SUSY or sterile neutrinos or MOND or “dark sector”, everybody wants a change. So whenever some observation is made, whether it is fast radio bursts or ultra-high energy cosmic rays or positrons in the GeV range, the first breathless announcements are for a “physics beyond the standard model”.
    So no, the Standard Model isn’t shattered, but everyone wickedly hopes it is.

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