The big Bell Test takes place today and you could participate in what could be the world’s largest scientific experiment.
The Bell Test is open to all who want to be involved. You are to simply play a game on your computer or mobile phone, and the purpose of the experiment is nothing less than to establish how the physical world really works.
A total of 30,000 participants are needed and twelve research laboratories worldwide are involved. The Bell Test is all about quantum mechanics, how the smallest constituents of matter behave.
For tiny particles such as electrons or photons, that light consists of, the characteristics seem to be changed when we observe them.
Measurements of a particle can directly affect the properties of another particle, far away, a strange phenomenon called quantum entanglement, what Albert Einstein referred to as “spooky action at a distance”.
For over 70 years, physicists have debated if and how the physics of the really small really works. Einstein and others with hum considered such behavior as quantum entanglement to be impossible, as it violated the local realist view of causality. He instead argued that the accepted formulation of quantum mechanics must be incomplete.
Later experiments, however, indicate that the counterintuitive predictions of quantum mechanics appear to be real. Several experiments over the years have shown with increasing certainty that this is precisely what happens. This mysterious spooky action at a distance, where measurement of a particle can affect what happens far away, is indeed real. The theory appears to be correct.
But now it is time to test it again, in a giant experiment with scientists from the US, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Anyone who wants to participate can simply visit a website and play a digital game that will produce lots of ones and zeros that will create unpredictability in the experiment, to show that the predictions of quantum mechanics are actually true.
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