Physics is chock full of paradoxes. Most people don’t realize that we do that on purpose to sound smart. You wouldn’t believe how many chicks go for the line, “Careful with that olive; it’s both a particle and a wave, so your mouth might diffract it onto the floor.” Give it a try sometime. My personal favorite pickup line is, “Right now, thousands of physicists worldwide are trying to figure out why you’re so massive.” It makes a girl feel special, ya’ know?I found this article on New Scientist hinting that a currently popular theory of mass, the Higgs field, can be explained with quantum entanglement. The idea is that the Higgs bosons are entangled and somehow “slow down” other particles. I don’t know about this. The man with the plan, Vlatko Vedral, claims a similar effect can explain why magnets float above superconductors. He claims a current of entangled electrons slows the photons of the magnetic field.
I don’t know about this. I can’t afford a subscription to Physical Review Letters, so I can’t read Vedral’s paper about the superconductor phenomenon. The whole idea of the Higgs field makes me a little wary; it’s almost like another ether. But the article gets extra points for using the unlikely phrase, “photons in treacle.” Yeah, I’ll have some of that, please.