Physics news

Higgs and things

The big news is the 'near' discovery of the Higgs Bosun particle by scientists at CERN. More will come through the grape vine over the next couple of days but for the moment an Australian perspective will do for starters - see www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/5763/cern-"we-have-a-discovery" where it is established a new particle has been found, the heaviest ever found. The actual published paper on the subject has not actually been released as yet - but the excitement is obvious. Thunderbolts already has a blog on the Higgs Bosun and the BBC are bloveating as usual.

Cosmic Background Radiation

At www.livescience.com/21029-cosmic-background-radiation-big-bang.html ... are echoes of the Big Bang misinterpreted? Gerrit Verschuur, author and radio astronomer, has proposed that some of the the fine structures seen in the 'all sky' plot of the universe, and assumed to be cosmic microwave background, is really the imprint of our local interstellar neighbourhood. It has nothing to do with how the universe looked 380,000 thousand years after the Big Bang - the consensus view. It is rather how nearby clouds of of old hydrogen looked just a few hundred years ago.

Thorium

Some interesting links for thorium energy - another ten years at the earliest. Go to http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/07/book-review-of-super-fuel/#more-65191 which is about a book focussing on green energy - including thorium.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Over at Tall Bloke's Talk Shop, blogger Lucy Skywalker of Blackboard fame, has a post on thermal gradients, going back to a friendly discussion between Maxwell and Loschmidt (see http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/lucy-skywalker-graeffs-second-...). Graeff's paper can be found at http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/graeff1.pdf and http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/gravity-induced-atmospheric-te...

Cold Fusion

At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/spawar-space-and-naval-warfare-l... EM Smith has been doing some musing on cold fusion after he discovered the US Space and Naval Warfare Command became interested in the subject. He provides a video, an hour long, of the science of cold fusion - as it is currently progressing. EM Smith was impressed and as always sets out to explore the issue a bit and turns his attention to the Rossi E-Cat (much derided by mainstream and in the blogosphere) and alternatives to nickel, coming up with some cheap possibilities.

Parallel Universes

At http://phys.org/print256538850.html ... Nikdem Poplawski claims every black hole may contain a new universe and he presents this idea as a solution to a number of cosmic mysteries. The mysteries, of course, are manufactured in the minds of cosmologists but Poplawski at least addresses the fundamentals, what caused the Big Bang? The idea our universe, or any universe, is contained within a black hole is one of those super intelligent ideas that sounds completely whacko.

Evolution of the Solar System

At http://phys.org/print255086031.html ... the solar system, it is thought, is over 4 billion years of age - but its formation may have occurred much quicker than realised, until now. A team of researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, aided by laboratories in Japan and the US, have come to this conclusion as a result of nucleus samarium-146 (146Sm) dating methodology. However, one can see there are a number of caveats - if not elephants in the room.

Is dark matter hiding under the bed?

At www.physorg.com/print253968343.html it is a serious blow to dark matter theories. At www.world-science.net/120417_darkmatter.html the question is - where is the dark matter? not here, befuddled astronomers have discovered, while at www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2012/04/milky-way-appears-to-be-void-of-da... which mor less enscapulates the baffling discovery that dark matter does not exist in our galaxy or solar system - only in deep space (or in the heads of some scientists).

Some funny things about the Sun

Tall Bloke says at 10.40pm April 12th, 2012 .... solar physicists have a dreadful insecurity problem due to their problems with understanding the Sunb. The gate keepers over compensate for their lack of ability to make useful predictions by attacking all heretics with the energy that arises from their pent up frustration.

Talkshop talking points

There are some fascinating posts on the blog of Tall Bloke over the last few days - see http://tallbloke.wordpress.com or Tall Bloke's Talkshop. For example, on 3rd April and again, on the 5th, some interesting graphs by Vukcevic. Is the Svensmark theory vindicated by what happened during the last couple of weeks, in reference to that huge sunspot and sbusequent solar flare. On the 3rd April the subject is late 20th century warming - has it got it's origins elsewhere and has it nothing to do with co2?