Physics news

Grey, not quite Black

AQt http://phys.org/print310115554.html ... we are told black holes are real, and they have a picture of one - a mass accreting black hole is a lumimous gas rich area at the heart of galaxies, and most common in merging galaxies (where lots of material are being gobbled up). The image is an infra red observation.

The solar wind makes water using space dust

At http://phys.org/print309545108.html ... water ice is the most abundant solid material in the universe. Much of it is produced as a by product of star formation - but not all of it (it seems). John Bradley and colleagues at the John Livermore National Laboratory have found a new souce of water in our solar system. The solar wind seems to be creating water on dust in space, the plentiful dust between the planets of the solar system. They are saying that such dust, as well as tiny meteorites, can be eroded by the solar wind.

Earthquake Lights

Earthquake lights were considered to be apocryphal in the lobbies of academia, and largely ignored. They were taken up by the likes of Paul Devereux, on the fringe of science. He wrote two books on the subject - and they are very illuminating. No actual scientist had made a study or witnessed them and therefore they did not exist - the usual pretence. This could be described as the perfect example of consensus science.

Sea Ice, Super Symmetry

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2524770/ESA-satellite-reveals-po... ... it seems Arctic sea ice has increased by 50 per cent since last year. Why isn't this common knowledge? What has the mainstream media got against telling the truth? They couldn't stop gloating last autumn when sea ice was low. In fact, they were hyperventillating - even the politicos got very excited. This year - virtually nothing.

Nuclear Fusion and CAGW

In Provence in the South of France over 30 countries have combined to set up a research facility known as ITER. This international nuclear fusion project has the aim of producing a nuclear reactor capable of producing unlimited supplies of cheap, clean, safe and sustainable electricity so that all the Greens can continue to play with their laptops and charge up their mobile phones and various other gadjets.

Is the universe a hologram?

Well, this idea has resurfaced again, it would seem. Two Japanese physicists (Nature News, November 2013) claim an obscure bit of physics theory was the clearest evidence yet that our universe could be just one big projection (see www.arxiv.org/abs/1311.5607 and http://phys.org/print306152303.html). In string theory certain types of unverses might actually be holograms of real two dimensional universes.

The Expanding Universe theory ... without a squib to set it off

You have heard of the expanding earth theory - which gives Plate Tectonics a run for its money. Now we have the expanding universe theory - see http://phys.org/print305887548.html. It's all down to heat. It also doesn't require a squib - or Big Bang.

Liquid like plasma

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland is said to have found the Higgs boson, formed during collisions between bunches of protons travelling close to the speed of light. However, CERN scientists have also been smashing protons into ions of lead to generate clouds of quarks and gluons - the fundamental particles inside the protons and neutrons of the atomic nucleus. This has found that the emerging quark-gluon plasma is more liquid than expected. See http://phys.org/print305544262.html

Blue Light

At http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/cosmic-ray-blues-hadronic-shower/ .... Tim Cullen is surpassing himself this week as he sifts through a variety of sources on cosmic rays and hadronic showers, a process somewhat more complex than electromagnetic showers although both involve ionisation as they enter the atmosphere. Hadronic showers take longer to develop than electromagnetic showers - and they are also associated with Cherenkov Light, which is an intense shade of blue.

ECAT ... update

At http://phys.org/print304868667.html ... it seems we have a post by somebody not entirely convinced of cold fusion. However, it seems that ECAT portable cold fusion plants, as developed under Andrea Rossi, are on sale - orders are being taken. The acid test is therefore coming shortly - will they work? Within three months we shall know if the first buyers are happy - or unhappy with their new toys.