1932: Physics goes “Anti” – Part II

In the same year as Anderson’s experiment demonstrated the existence of antimatter, another oft-overlooked discovery was made. William and Alun Hughes published an article on Nature in which they stated that in pouring soap solution drops in water, they could observe in addition to floating drops some other small drops (about 1-4 mm of diameter), […]

1932: Physics goes ‘Anti’ – Part I

The word “anti” comes from ancient Greek, which literally translates as “against” or “opposite to” and nowadays is very commonly used in many contexts from social-politics (anti-social, anti-capitalism) to medicine (antibiotics, antidepressive) and even religion (Antichrist). In 1932 “anti” prefix officially entered in the world of physical science. Carl Anderson in Pasadena, California, had started […]

Round, round, get around, I get around

Electrons are really, really, really round, according to research conducted by Imperial College scientists. The research, which was published in the journal Nature and took over ten years to complete, found that the electron differs from being perfectly round by less than 0.000000000000000000000000001 cm. This means that if the electron was magnified to the size […]