Measuring the Position and Momentum of the News Media

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Chad Orzel on a new study that measures the average trajectories of individual photons through a two-slit interferometer:

They haven’t done anything to prove orthodox quantum mechanics wrong, though I can predict with confidence that there will be at least one media report about this that is so badly written that it implies that they did.

Explanation here. Today is National Doughnut Day (or is it National Donut Day?), so on Chad’s behalf I offer a voucher for a free donut to the first person who finds the lamestream media article Chad predicts. In this day of Google alerts, it shouldn’t be very hard.

And for the record, I’m very disappointed that these guys haven’t blown quantum mechanics to shreds. That would have been really cool.

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