Paper takes swipe at bedrock law of physics
Date: Thursday, February 01, 2007 @ 22:53:00 GMT
Topic: Science

A new paper by a self-described hobby physicist challenges what may be the bedrock law of nature. And while skeptics are rolling their eyes, the study has appeared in a professional journal with the apparent consent of leading physicists.

The principle under dispute, central to physics for at least two centuries, is called the law of conservation of energy. It states that nothing can be created or destroyed: you can’t get something from nothing, or viceversa, though converting substances between diverse forms is very possible.

But the paper claims new stuff may be formed constantly, in one special setting: within black holes or similar objects. The idea, the author adds, is testable and would resolve several mysteries, including why the universe is expanding ever faster...

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