A team of physicists at Fermi National Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, reported unusual behavior in the muon’s magnetic wobble in April. The signal shows that there are factors at work in the particle’s behavior that the Standard Model doesn’t expect (see “Long-Awaited Muon Measurement Boosts Evidence for New Physics”). However, as physicist Sabine Hossenfelder explains in her intriguing examination of this result, whether this discovery upends the classical principles depends on mind-bending statistics and higher-level calculations helped by computers to establish if we have seen something meaningful or are simply seeing a number-crunching fluke (see “Is the Standard Model of Physics Now Broken?”).
In other parts of the subatomic universe, scientists hope that quantum hard drives could one day be able to receive and store photon data from optical telescopes all over the world (see “Quantum Astronomy Could Create Telescopes Hundreds of Kilometers Wide”).
Subatomic particles, albeit invisible to the naked eye, have been dubbed the “building blocks of matter” and may hold the key to comprehending the structure of our cosmos.