UCI Physicists Confirm Possible Discovery Of Fifth Force Of Nature



**Irvine, Calif., August 15, 2016 – Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters by theoretical physicists at the University of California, Irvine.

“If true, it’s revolutionary,” said Jonathan Feng, professor of physics & astronomy. “For decades, we’ve known of four fundamental forces: gravitation, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces. If confirmed by further experiments, this discovery of a possible fifth force would completely change our understanding of the universe, with consequences for the unification of forces and dark matter.”**

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Sorry, but the title caused a chuckle. A possibility has been confirmed.


Definitely maybe. :smiley:


Very interesting! :slight_smile:


Thanks for posting this.


Such is the nature of theoretical physics. Or, possibly, the nature of university press releases.

Yep! :bounce:

I don’t understand any of the science, but did find a couple things interesting. The first is that the researchers re-analyzed data from scientists in another country, but came up with a very different explanation.

Plus, since the technology to search for this possible fifth force is so basic, pretty much any physics lab around the world can participate in the search.

Oh, and a definitely interesting possible scenario is that there may be some kind of sixth force, which unifies all five of the other forces.

I guess that is three interesting things. Oh, well. The game is afoot!


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