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The late astronomer Carl Sagan popularized the saying that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence," in reference to reports of alien visitations. Generating low-cost commercial fusion power, isolating antimatter and tracing reverse-time causality aren't as far out there as UFOs, but a similar rule might well apply: Extraordinary science requires extraordinary effort.

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Raymonty
linked-imageThe late astronomer Carl Sagan popularized the saying that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence," in reference to reports of alien visitations. Generating low-cost commercial fusion power, isolating antimatter and tracing reverse-time causality aren't as far out there as UFOs, but a similar rule might well apply: Extraordinary science requires extraordinary effort. With that in mind, here's a progress report on three extraordinary science projects that have popped up in the news: Reverse-time causality: It's been more than a year since University of Washington physicist John Cramer proposed to test a spooky corollary of quantum theory: that it might be possible to receive a laser signal before you send it. The problem was that Cramer didn't really have enough research money to build the experiment, which required sending entangled photons through prisms, filters, optical fibers and other devices. What's more, Cramer worried that the apparatus he planned to use would be available only for a limited time. Once the general public found out about Cramer's plight, the contributions started flowing in: Donors provided more than $40,000 - which allowed Cramer to move forward with the backward-time research. He was also able to find alternate lab space, which meant he didn't have to worry so much about running out of ... well, time. Cramer's backward research took the No. 2 spot in our recent Weird Science Awards competition. So how have things turned out? It's taken longer than he expected to set up all the equipment for the first phase of the experiment, but this week Cramer told me that he's finally setting up the avalanche photodiodes required for making the fine measurements of single photons that will be required.

"They're sort of like little geiger counters, made of silicon," he explained. Cramer expected to start making measurements this week, but it will take still more time and effort to track down the retrocausality effect, if it exists.

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Shuriken

can't wait for the results...

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Cebrakon

Carl Sagan was quoting David Hume (18th C. Scottish philosopher) not Sir Isaac Newton. If Hume's rule had been used in the 17th C., there would be no modern science, and we would still be burning heretics. It is most emphatically not part of scientific method, as invented by Galileo, Kepler and Newton. In their day, their ideas were the "extraordinary claims" but there are no "extraordinary proofs." There is nothing better than scientific method, the method of relying on reproducible experience, and ruling out the alternatives. Carl Sagan was a fool.

~~~Cebrakon

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