|Standard Model of Elementary Particles (Chart by Miss MJ)|
As if these four weren’t difficult enough to understand, scientists are now hinting at a fifth. Researchers from the University of California at Irvine “say they’ve found evidence” of a force that is somewhat like electromagnetism. The would-be fifth force “works between electrons and neutrons,” rather than between electrons and protons.
This newly-discovered force may help to solve the ongoing mystery of dark matter, which comprises “nearly 27 percent of the universe’s mass-energy density.” Since what we call “normal matter” comprises “less than 5 percent” of that same total, our cosmic ignorance seems to far exceed our scientific knowledge.
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