Physics news

Seeing Through Walls

The News blurb on this appears to be a trifle exaggerated but the story can be found in www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/5795/seeing-a-new-direction ... it seems that Israeli scientists have found a way to see through walls, or solid materials. The research is published in Nature and is all about light - and the tricks it might play, or the way light can be manipulated. If they are on to something - what next? Looking inside eggs before they hatch?

Higgs for Dummies

At http://phys.org/print261650980.html .... some basics of what the CERN experiment was all about, and what it found, in an easy to understand description by Cliff Burgess, a theoretical particle physicist. A wave has been created in a vacuum, he says, which seems to mean vacuums have physical properties. Scientists have yet to explore the properties of the wave.

Higgs - are the nuts and bolts coming loose?

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.

Higgs Boson ... all you need to know

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.

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.