Category Archive: Physics

Jul 15 2013

Supernova evidence found in terrestrial bacteria

  Not long ago, a rare form of iron was found in oceanic crust worldwide dating to about 3.5 million years ago. Astronomers at the time noted that would be consistent with a relatively nearby supernova explosion. Now, another groups of scientists have the same substances incorporated into bacteria dating to the same time: Columbus …

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Sep 25 2012

Mittens thinks cold fusion is solved?

If we take this comment from Romney literally, he thinks not only is cold fusion a done deal, but U of U solved it:

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Jul 09 2012

Pakistan denounces Nobel Laureate over religious beliefs


Chalk one up for religious intolerance. Pakistan’s only Nobel Prize winner, Abdus Salam, who pioneered theoretical work leading to the God-damn particle, worships the wrong God, or the wrong prophet, or something. So Pakistan’s government, being the nuclear armed medieval embarrassment they are, has stricken his name from textbooks.

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Jul 04 2012

Why is it called the God particle?


You’re going to hear it a lot now: The God Particle has been found. That’s deliciously close to saying God has been found and you better believe some people are going to run with that. I suppose, technically, they’re all God particles, if you believe in a prime mover anyway. But why this one? Why …

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Jul 04 2012

They seem to have found some kind of godd*mn particle!

10:40 am Sean Carroll: Personal editorializing by me: we’ve found the Higgs, or at least a Higgs. Still can’t be sure that it’s just the vanilla Standard Model Higgs. The discrepancies aren’t quite strong enough to be sure that they really represent beyond-Standard-Model physics… but it’s a strong possibility. … Peter Higgs is visibly moved. …

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Jul 02 2012

The godd*mn particle

Prof. Sean Carroll will be live blogging the “Higgses announcement,” expected early July 4th, US time.  But the news is likely to be … a little more certainty that the elusive mass lending weirdo particle exists and lives at 125 GeV. Whether the findings will go beyond that is unclear. But it’s still a BFD, because the Higgs …

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Jun 27 2012

How about a nice bowl of hot quark soup?

And by hot I mean 7 trillion degrees. That’s the temperature reached by the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider or RHIC. Actually 7.2 trillion °F to be precise, making it the hottest temperature acheived by humans, and hotter than anything else we know of in the universe since the first nano-nano second after the bang.

Jun 01 2012

The spin on Iranian centrifuges


Reports have appeared that the US ran a cyber war program infecting the networks that manage Iranian centrifuges with computer viruses intended to slow down the production of weapons grade fissile material by the pariah nation:

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May 08 2012

Earthlike planets likely not present with hot Jupiters


If alien solar systems have giant planets that migrate in close to their star, there won’t be any earthlike planets farther out. At least that’s what a new survey of exosolar systems suggests:

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May 03 2012

A hand full of hadrons … ouch!

Ouch is saying it mildly. It might be safer to wave at an H. G. Wells tripod with full Martian heat ray than stick one’s hand into the LHC:

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