At www.thebunsenburner.com/news/an-impostor-particle-cern-scientists-may-no... and www.thebunsenburner.com/news/did-scientists-discover-the-higgs-boson-or-... ... CERN scientists were not willing to confirm the existence of the particle during their announcement last week but they did suggest that the data fits well with predictions. Yet, in the newly published report the CERN team say that it doesn't matter much if it is Higgs or not - they have a particle, possibly a 'shadow' Higgs, even an imposter.
Expectation preceding the wednesday announcement led to a raft of online pieces - for example see http://phys.org/print260590156.html ... where, it seems, finding the Higgs Boson would vindicate the Standard Model, Big Bang and all. It is considered a successful theory but in spite of this there are some gaps, one of which is why some particles have mass and others do not.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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).