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Physics: Spinning Protons Change Direction When They Collide With Larger Particles, ‘Shocking’ Scientists
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Physicists studying atomic spin surprised themselves by discovering that spinning protons bizarrely change direction when they crash into larger particles, like the nuclei of gold atoms. On a pool table, you’d expect a left-spinning cue ball to deflect off to the right after it hits another ball. What the physicists observed would be the equivalent of a left-spinning cue ball acting normally when striking another billiards ball, but deflecting to the left—and way more forcefully—after striking a bowling ball, according to a press release from the Brookhaven National Laboratory. read more


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