It’s only natural to assume that the future can have no effect whatsoever on what happens today, since it’s still ahead of us. For decades, though, physicists have worked to prove that what happens to particles in the future can actually impact particles today – an affect called retrocausality.

The theory is so fascinating, Einstein even tackled it. In the end, he disagreed, coining it, “spooky action at a distance,” but scientists aren’t so sure. Recently two physicists dug into the theory of retrocausality, with experts comparing particles to a blurry cloud, rather than billiard balls running down a table. As such, a particle may very well have the ability to impact the past as well as the future.

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Tuesday, 09 February 2016 00:00

Physics Predictions for 2016

What will those devotees of the mystical realm of physics delve into in the coming months? Here are a few items on a list compiled by LiveScience, which theorizes that "2016 could be the year for some new discoveries". Some highlights:

Particle possibility: A California Institute of Technology physicist says that a new particle might be discovered as a result of experiments at an atom-pulverizing facility known as the LHC. Sean Carroll is quoted as saying, "There's some (extremely tentative) evidence for a new kind of particle about 800 times the mass of the proton  — we'll want to see whether that signal gets stronger or fades away." There's supposedly a 25% chance that a signal indicating the existence of the particle is simply random chance. But once more experiments are conducted this year, scientists should have a better idea whether the particle is legit.

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