Physics news


Excellent post at ... and the maths behind fractals, the phenomenon of fractals in nature, and we might add, fractals in art. If you want to learn something more about the subject of fractals this might whet your appetite and encourage you to learn more. For example, the architect of the new Barcelona cathedral used fractals to achieve maximum light inside the building. Antoni Gaudi studied how plants grew, the patterns and fractals, and produced a masterpiece of architecture.


At ... supercomputers on the trail of dark matter is the headline.

Michio Kaku

The God Scam might be one way to phrase it but Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, is said by some to have found evidence of God's existence, via particle physics. Dr Wile is sceptical. He doesn't think so - see ... which probably means some people have been duped. The particles appear to be a figment of the imagination.

bigger than Higgs, bigger than GWs ... and it's ...

At ... yes, the Large Hadron Collider might have found something - gigger than the Higgs Bosun, bigger even than gravitational waves - but what. A particle that may help to explain the workings of three of the fundamental forces of nature - electromagnetism, and nuclear.

getting round a problem

At ... getting round the problem of a gamma ray burst being detected at the same time as the hypothetical merger of two black hole has not vexed mainstream for too long - just a couple of days it would seem. We now have a black hole swalling a massive star - and spitting out a gamma ray burst.

At .... we have a little history of 'globular clusters' - don't know what they are then read the link. The role of Charles Messier is interesting.

How to respond ...

How to respond to the discovery of gravitational waves that are thought to originate in the merger of two black holes has been difficult. One could pass it over - out of my depth so to speak, or quote as they appear to have a view (if only on the forum). Its a big learning curve to go back and have another look at the black hole theory and General Relativity etc. Do black holes  exist - in reality rather than in the mind of cosmologists. Don't know. Simple as that.


At ... scientists have discovered two new iron oxides in experiments. These seem to point to a huge, hitherto unknown oxygen source in the lower mantle of the earth. Published in Nature Communications (Feb 2016) Elena Bykova estimated an amount of oxygen equivalent to 8 or 10 times the mass of oxygen in the atmosphere. That is a surprise, she said, and we don't know what happens or what is going on with the oxygen in the lower mantle.

dark matter and dinosaurs

Lisa Randall, a particle physicist, has written an interesting book with the title, 'Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs' (Ecco:2015) - see ... it seems the dinosaur bit is an add-on, something to persuade people to look at her book, a colourful window on what she has to say as she goes on to suggest that dark matter could have been a trigger factor in the K/T event.

fusion update

At ... posted by Anne Marie de Grazia at her web site. Greens don't like fusion it seems as they are raising a storm at the amount of money invested in fusion research - peanuts in comparison with the gold bars on offer for renewable subsidies. Greens, the financial reality behind the Green Blob, want to protect wind and solar as the subsidies are where the gold dust lies.

excited about nothing?

A press release from the University of Aolberta informs us of a paper published in the Dec 11th 2015 issue of Science Advances that is somewhat novel to say the least - see ... which sounds very interesting from a Catstrophism point of view - but never think a uniformitarian would really come up with something earth breaking. The study is about sea level rise and presumably sea levels that go up and down a bit.