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Aug 29, 2013

Science




Jul 19, 2013

Science

Neutrino ‘flavour’ flip confirmed
This might help explain the matter-antimatter conundrum!

The fact that we have matter in the Universe means there have to be laws of physics that aren’t in our Standard Model, and neutrinos are one place they might be.

Prof Dave Wark, of the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Oxford University. Source: BBC




Jul 19, 2013

Science

Don’t use ‘dark matter’ to mean ‘something we don’t understand’
Matthew R. Francis is right, 'dark matter of the genome' is a really bad metaphor.

Matthew R. Francis – Writer of science, blogger of physics and astronomy, director of CosmoAcademy, writes: “Physicists are serial offenders when it comes to cross-disciplinary meddling. Whether it’s a theoretical cosmologist claiming to solve consciousness or a professor smugly claiming all other sciences are “soft”, physicists are too often quick to pass judgement on other fields. So, I’m a little worried about coming off that way when I criticize a bad habit in biology of referring to the “dark matter of the genome” or other similar phrases.” Read more here.




Jul 16, 2013

Science

Cosmologist claims Universe may not be expanding
Particles' changing masses could explain why distant galaxies appear to be rushing away.

It started with a bang, and has been expanding ever since. For nearly a century, this has been the standard view of the Universe. Now one cosmologist is proposing a radically different interpretation of events — in which the Universe is not expanding at all. In a paper posted on the arXiv preprint server1, Christof Wetterich, a theoretical physicist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, has devised a different cosmology in which the Universe is not expanding but the mass of everything has been increasing. Such an interpretation could help physicists to understand problematic issues such as the so-called singularity present at the Big Bang, he says. Although the paper has yet to be peer-reviewed, none of the experts contacted by Nature dismissed it as obviously wrong, and some of them found the idea worth pursuing. “I think it’s fascinating to explore this alternative representation,” says Hongsheng Zhao, a…Read more




Mar 24, 2013

Science

Another Earth called a certainty

“There are hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy and upward of 100 billion galaxies in our universe. So the existence of a planet similar to Earth somewhere, is, in my mind a certainty…” Prof.  Sara Seager, astrophysicist, planetary scientist at MIT. Full article here.




Mar 22, 2013

Books

Henry Miller on the Mystery of the Universe and the Meaning of Life

“This is the greatest damn thing about the universe. That we can know so much, recognize so much, dissect, do everything, and we can’t grasp it.”

Maria Popova, @brainpicker.
Full article here.




Jul 4, 2012

Science

Higgs boson: our understanding of the universe is about to change

I’m not saying it, CERN is: Higgs within reach – Our understanding of the universe is about to change… Scientists may have found the so-called Goddamn particle, eventually. Or at least what we would expect to see from the decay of a Higgs boson, which is part of a theory first proposed by physicist Peter Higgs in the 1960s. But scientists still don’t know which Higgs boson it could be, the results presented today are preliminary, as the data from 2012 is still under analysis. If you’re still wondering what is the Higgs boson (basically, Higgs boson gives the particles -quarks and electrons- their mass), John Ellis, theoretical physicist, answered the question in this video. From the press release: “We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV. The outstanding performance of the LHC and ATLAS and…Read more




Oct 20, 2011

Music
Science

The Neutrino Song by the Corrigan Brothers

Remember last month? Neutrinos and the Speed of Light on the Front Pages! A month has passed and now: Faster than light particles? Not so fast, some say.  “Since then, their work has been met by a barrage of criticism. Physicists claim to have found flaws in the group’s method of recording the speed of the neutrinos, and they say that correcting for these flaws slows the neutrinos to less astonishing speeds.” While physicists argue on the method and the results, Corrigan Brothers and Pete Creighton came with a brilliant idea: The Neutrino Song. And I’m not kidding, this song is about neutrinos and how amazing could be the discovery if it was to be confirmed. The music is good, the lyrics are fun and science topics are seldom subject matter in songs. Just watch the video and listen! –Geek Music Certified–      




Sep 23, 2011

Science

Neutrinos and the Speed of Light on the Front Pages!

Dark matter, the string theory, particles, the theory of relativity… Unless you have a keen interest for physics and astrophysics, you won’t read about them very often. But since yesterday, neutrinos and the speed of light are on the front pages; who would have thought? On CNN, Particles appear to travel faster than light: ‘Scientists in Switzerland say an experiment appears to show that tiny particles traveled faster than the speed of light – a result that would seem to defy the laws of nature. The physicists say that neutrinos sent 730 kilometers (453.6 miles) underground between laboratories in Switzerland and Italy arrived a fraction of a second sooner than they should have…’ If this unexpected discovery is confirmed by at least two separate laboratories, it may have two direct implications. First, it would undermine Albert Einstein‘s theory of relativity (nothing can go faster than the speed of light) and therefore…Read more




Aug 17, 2011

Science

Join the hunt for the Higgs boson and alien life!

CERN built the world’s largest grid computing resource and now anyone with Internet connectivity and a computer can participate by helping run more simulation of particle physics. ‘Those who want to volunteer will download an x86 Sun Microsystems virtualization software package called VirtualBox, which runs the Monte Carlo simulations on home computers. An open-source distributed computing platform called Boinc to manages the Test4Theory tasks. Boinc is also used in distributed computing projects like searches for extraterrestrial intelligence or protein folding.’ If you want to join the hunt for Higgs boson, check LHC@home. Now another good news: the #SETI Institute announced it has raised enough money to bring the Allen Telescope Array back online! ‘The SETI Institute is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to scientific research, education and public outreach […] The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature and prevalence of life in…Read more





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