This story can be found at http://phys.org/print297435137.html ... and this time it is UK scientists in the chase (based at an observatory in Chile). The 'Dark Energy Survey' is just commencing so no conclusions as yet but the title is the name of the game - finding out why the universe seems to be accelerating instead of closing down due to gravity. The side dish to the plate is to probe the mystery of dark energy, the force that is widely held to be powering the acceleration, overriding gravity.
At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/09/01/oldbrew-and-tallbloke-why-phi-... ... and http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/oldbrew-and-tallbloke-why-phi-... ... lots to think about here, a continuing investigation that began with http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/a-remarkable-discovery-all-sol...
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
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.
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?)
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-...
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.
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...
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).
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/