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Scientists Have Discovered the Fifth Force of Nature

Up until now, we were only accustomed to the four fundamental forces of nature. These four fundamental forces included weak interaction force, strong interaction force, gravitational force, and electromagnetic force. Recently, scientists in Hungary have discovered the invisible fifth force of nature. This particular force is currently termed as X17. There is an enormous hope that this could potentially solve the great mysteries of nature. According to the lead scientist Attila Krasznahorkay, X17 could most probably be a particle that can connect the visible world with the dark matter.

The team spotted X17 almost 3 years ago while observing the decaying isotope of beryllium in which the electrons and positrons were breaking off at an unexpected angle. This mysterious behavior leads to further studies they came up with X17. According to some of the naysayers, this could have been a failed lab experiment. Still, they were proved wrong when a similar condition got observed with the breaking up of exited helium particles. With such a great discovery, the scientist community is adamant about receiving a noble prize, but for now, let’s just home for the best.

One of the fascinating things about X17 is that it has an unusual mass of 17 mega electronvolts with the life span of a blink of an eye. To be very exact, it is less than one trillion of a second. This unusual characteristic can’t be explained with the four fundamental forces of nature, leading to the belief of the existence of the fifth force. Adding the hype with the dark matter, the hypothesis directly indicated this force is far beyond our comprehension. If such an effect got discovered, then this is ultimately going to change the way we perceive our material world. The lead scientists are also enthusiastic about saying that nothing is going to stop them from finding such fascinating facts about the universe. What if there were sixth, seventh, or even eighth force of nature. While nobody knows for sure, but there is still no harm to try.

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Bruce Townsend

I am a Ph.D. astrophysicist, Associate Editor, and science communicator, who professes physics and astronomy at various colleges. I’ve written, online, and in print, for Air & Space, Astronomy, Ars Technica, Discover, Drone360, Gizmodo, Popular Mechanics, and Washington.

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