Physics news

Golden Ratio - further from Miles Mathis

Returning to the theme of Miles Mathis on the Golden Ratio, at http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/miles-mathis-more-on-the-golde... ... he claims there is often too much math and not enough of mechanics. Instead of looking at it as a field mechanics issue most people analyse it as a pure math problem - and most of the current, and some of the historical math do not add up. He then takes up the theme of modern physics and what he sees as wrong with it - a lack of physicality.

See also http://milesmathis.com/updates.html

A Big Bang simulation

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/08/big-bang-simulation-of-380000-year... .. not sure if they have found the Big Bang - but they've found something (which may be profound, important, or inconsequential). Physicists claim to have reproduced the same 'pattern' in approximately 10 milliseconds in a simulation using ultra cold cesium atoms in a vacuum chamber at the University of Chicago. The idea is to try and understand what happened - or what existed shortly after the Big Bang.

The fastest man-made object

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-23861397 ... St Andrew's University, a stone's throw from Trevor, have created the world's fastest spinning man-made object, a microscopic sphere achieving speeds of 600 million revolutions in a minute.

The idea behind the experiment was to discover what might happen to larger objects containing many times more than a million atoms. Essentially, the particle behaved like a small gyroscope, stabilising its motion around the axis of rotation. (so what does this tell us about the axis of the Earth?)

Schrodinger's Cat

The search for evidence of New Physics continues apace. The idea is to discover extensions to the Standard Model. See http://phys.org/print296713617.html

The same story is at www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/08/physics-beyond-the-standard-model-...

Higgs Boson

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/08/beyond-the-higgs-boson-worlds-phys... ... which begins of the assumption the LHC actually found the Higgs Boson. I didn't realise it was a certainty - when did probably gravitate to yes it did? Anyway, they wanted to find the Higgs Boson so we should allow them a little glory - if only to justify the huge expense involved. Scientists appear to have adopted the finding as 'reality' - and in this link dark energy is being associated with the Higgs Boson.

The ozone hole and CAGW

A press release on a new paper on global warming associated with ozone levels in the atmosphere appeared on Phys Org but the effect was slight so I didn't take the bait or mention the link - see http://phys.org/print295191415.html but then yesterday Tall Bloke and Anthony Watts posted on the subject - see http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/surprised-scientists-find-ozon...

Beginnings

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/07/oxygen-were-the-building-blocks-of... ... we have a recognition there is a problem with the consensus model of a soup of noxious gases forming the atmosphere during the early stages of Earth's existence (the first half a billion years). Obviously, they have not been reading the Expanding Earth hypothesis and how oxygen has increased through outgassing events - see http://malagabay.wordpress.com (various posts).

Then and Now

The difference between research into co2 driven climate change then and now is a feature of Steve McIntyre at http://climateaudit.org/2013/07/26/guy-callendar-vs-the-gcms/

Mars atmosphere, that black hole, and the missing mantle material

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2013-226&cid=release_2013=226 ... there is a report on two papers concerning the atmosphere of Mars as collated by NASAs Curiosity Rover - taking samples and measuring abundances of different gases and isotopes. Isotopes are variants of the same chemical element - such as carbon 12 and carbon 13. The instrument onboard looked at ratios of heavy to lighter isotopes of carbon and oxygen.

Ice cores in the context of geochronology

A brilliant post at http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/chronology-ice-cores/ ... which targets consensus geochronology. Anyone even faintly having recourse to the dating of rock strata will have a bit of empathy with author - but then again, maybe not. The system goes back to the Victorian era, or a bit before that. William Smith (famous for his ding dong with someone that disagreed with him) 1769-1839, drew some of the first geological maps and began the process of making sense and order, as he saw it, out of various rock strata.