Physics news

A Big Bang simulation

At .. 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.

The fastest man-made object

At ... 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?)

Schrodinger's Cat

The search for evidence of New Physics continues apace. The idea is to discover extensions to the Standard Model. See

The same story is at

Higgs Boson

At ... 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.

The ozone hole and CAGW

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 but then yesterday Tall Bloke and Anthony Watts posted on the subject - see


At ... 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 (various posts).

Then and Now

The difference between research into co2 driven climate change then and now is a feature of Steve McIntyre at

Mars atmosphere, that black hole, and the missing mantle material

At ... there is a report on two papers concerning the atmosphere of Mars as collated by NASAs Curiosity Rover - taking samples and measuring abundances of different gases and isotopes. Isotopes are variants of the same chemical element - such as carbon 12 and carbon 13. The instrument onboard looked at ratios of heavy to lighter isotopes of carbon and oxygen.

Ice cores in the context of geochronology

A brilliant post at ... which targets consensus geochronology. Anyone even faintly having recourse to the dating of rock strata will have a bit of empathy with author - but then again, maybe not. The system goes back to the Victorian era, or a bit before that. William Smith (famous for his ding dong with someone that disagreed with him) 1769-1839, drew some of the first geological maps and began the process of making sense and order, as he saw it, out of various rock strata.

Isaac, the consensus buster

For centuries, a consensus theory ruled the roost, as science (a generalisation) had known that a piece of glass could be made to produce a spectrum of colours when sunlight was poured through it. From Aristotle onwards it was considered that this took place because pure celestial light (or white light) was changed by contact with a terrestrial substance. At the age of 24, Isaac Newtone set about debunking this consensus chestnut (as they say).