Physics news

Fluid Dynamics

Tim Cullen is turning his attention to fluid dynamics but not sure what the end result will be - go to ... which may have repercussions on a lot of things we take for granted. He says there is no settled science involved because of natural complexities recognised by physicists, as such, and the use of approximations and exceptions and various controversies that have developed over the years. A good science subject then.

CERN update

At ... we are back at CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. Not many press releases from CERN recently but they have been upgrading their baby - big time (and fast approaching a new season of experiments). The Higgs Boson particle is the focus of atttention. They have sifted through reams of experimental data  in order to understand the traits and behaviour of the particle. None of it seems capable of explaining dark matter and in addition there is no evidence of supersymmetry.

Greenhouse Venus

There is a discussion ongoing at ... and one commenter has come on and said Venus was born from Jupiter just 6000 years ago. What is the modern view of Carl Sagan's greenhouse Venus - go to link above and join in if you like.

The cusp of cold fusion technology

At ... 2014 is likely to be important for Cold Fusion (Low Energy Nuclear Reactors or LENR) according to  ... but strangely, since January it has all gone a bit quiet (so has Wired overhyped). First we have the Cyclone engine developed by Cyclone Power Technologies in the US. This can run on virtually anything - from oil, gas, biomass, powdered coal, or even by waste heat or solar collectors.

Black Body Radiation

This is essentially physics rather than climate science - although the latter relies on some consensus physics thinking. At ... which should be a game changer - but will seriously be ignored (with great intensity). Another crutch of CAGW alarmism has had its walking stick kicked away.

Does the Moon contain water?

At ... analysis of lunar soil samples seems to indicate the Moon's mantle contains hydrogen from water (possibly indigenous to Earth). The Moon, of course, is supposed to have originated out of the Earth - and would have dragged water from the mantle with it. Its getting a big story at the moment - water inside the Earth (and water inside Mars and the Moon and various other places).

BICEP - 2 update

At ... it seems some physicists are throwing a dash of cold water on the recent enthusiasm displayed at the BICEPS-2 results - see the new paper at arXiv:1403.5166. Basically, they say the research has not ruled out all possible non-inflation sources of the observed B mode polarisation patterns and surprisingly high value of r (the ratio of power in tensor nodes to scalar density perturbations).

Smaller than Higgs, synthetic diamonds, and the Van Allen stripes

At ... particles smaller than the Higgs are now being looked for - what it is that comes together to form the Higgs. See what you think.

At ... synthetic diamond crystals from plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition - plasma reactors making diamonds.

Gerald Pollack and Water

At ... Gerald Pollack describes the fourth state of water. Tim Cullen, at ... begins with Wikipedia's claim that 60 per cent of the average person's body is made of water - with lesser amounts of stuff. This progresses towards, how much of it is oxygen and how much hydrogen - and ends up with Pollack. He was a speaker at last years EU conference - not sure about this year (go to

Cosmic Microwave background radiation

At ... we all know what the consensus view is on cosmic background radiation in the afterglow of Big Bang - but here we have it described by a professor of physics and astronomy at UCLA, Ned Wright. No mention of Arp of course but useful to have it straight from the horses mouth. It is the strongest evidence, if not mostly the only evidence, of Big Bang - so it is important to mainstream in many ways.