Posted: June 28th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Physics | Tags: CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Higgs Boson, Large Hadron Collider, LHC, physics, Sparticle, Standard Model of Particle Physics, Superpartner, Synchotronic Facility, Theory of almost everything | Comments Off on Standard Model of Physics Confirmed By CERN, ooops…
The Large Hadron Collider – LHC – has sat dormant for months now, data collected from the synchotronic facility is still being analyzed by physicists around the globe.
However, this week scientists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research – CERN – released brand new findings on data first collected almost two years ago.
The biggest discovery, the particle that scientists watched decay into fermions – the quantum particles associated with matter – was indeed the Higgs boson, nailing once and for all the SM – Standard Model of Particle Physics – as the most likely to be rightest “theory of almost everything” maybe.
The discovery of the Higgs boson might seem like cause for celebration – and it was – but as the discovery settles itself into science, physicists are left slightly deflated.
The confirmation of the existance of the Higgs boson completes the SM – and what’s wrong with that I hear you ask – the Standard Model of Particle Physics in it’s current, finalised form, doesn’t explain a bunch of stuff like gravity, the universes accelerating expansion or the other 25% of the universe made up of Dark Matter :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 14th, 2014 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Favorite New Thought, From The Web, Physics | Tags: Inexhaustible Energy, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Fusion, Practical Nuclear Fusion | Comments Off on US Researchers Reach Turning Point in Fusion Energy
Scientists in the United States say they have taken an important step on a decades-old quest to harness nuclear fusion to generate nearly inexhaustible energy. For the first time, two nuclear fusion experiments succeeded in producing more energy than was used to trigger the reaction, the journal Nature reports :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 6th, 2013 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Applied Science, Physics | Tags: Atomic Movie, Guinness World Records, IBM, IBM Research, Stop-Motion-Film | Comments Off on IBMs World’s Smallest Movie
Researchers from tech-behemoth IBM have unveiled – confirmed by Guinness World Records – the world’s smallest movie, made with atoms. Named A Boy And His Atom, the movie used thousands of precisely placed atoms to create nearly 250 frames of stop-motion action.
The movie depicts a character named Atom who befriends a single atom and goes on a journey that includes dancing, playing catch and bouncing on a trampoline. Set to a playful musical track, the movie represents a unique way to convey science outside the research community.
It takes around 1 million atoms to store a single bit of data on a computer, a bit being the basic unit of information in computing. Recently, IBM Research announced it can store that same bit of information in just 12 atoms. In order to make the movie atoms were moved with a scanning tunnelling microscope. The microscope weighs two tonnes, operates at minus 268 degrees Celsius and magnifies the atomic surface more than 100 million times :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 5th, 2012 | Author: Diana Detaux | Filed under: Physics, Quantum Mechanics | Tags: CERN, God Particle, Higgs Boson, Large Hadron Collider, LHC, Peter Higgs, Professor Sir Peter Knight, The European Organisation for Nuclear Research | Comments Off on Higgs Boson Discovered??
Scientists have discovered a sub-atomic particle they believe is crucial in the formation of the universe, or at least crucial to the Standard Model in physics and our current understanding of how our universe works.
Scientists in Geneva say the discovery still needs to be verified, but it is the strongest evidence yet that the – Higgs – particle exists.
Scientist have all but said the words “we’ve found it”
Professor Themis Bowcock, head of particle physics at the University of Liverpool said Based on CERN results there appears to be less than one chance in a million that this is a fake,” Professor Bowckock has worked on the Large Hedron Collider and says ” Very few physicists would privately argue that this is not a Higgs Particle”.
The European Organisation for Nuclear Research – CERN – said in a statement that the particle is “consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson“.
Dr Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director General of CERN said in an interview that the discovery was ” a historic milestone.”
Dr. Heuer and others have said that it was too soon to know for sure that the new particle – wieghing in ata na acceptable 125 billion electron volts, and one of the heaviest sub-atomic particle yet discovered – is indeed the elusive Higgs boson :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 25th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Applied Science, Favorite New Thought, Outside the Box, Physics, Quantum Physics | Tags: Albert Einstein, CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research, Fermilab, Gran Sasso Laboratory, Indiana University Professor Alan Kostelecky, Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics, James Gillies Head of Communication, Jenny Thomas, neutrinos, OPERA, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Physics, Quantum Theory, sub-atomic particles, Theory of Relativity, University College of London | Comments Off on Loose Cable Behind CERN Faster-than-light Result
The controversial finding that cast a large shadow of doubt over Einstein’s belief that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light might have been caused by a loose cable, the lab behind the result said. Physicists at the CERN laboratory near Geneva appeared to contradict Albert Einstein last year when they reported that sub-atomic particles called neutrinos could travel fractions of a second faster than light. Einstein had said nothing could travel faster than light.
James Gillies, a spokesman for CERN, said the lab’s startling result was now in doubt. Earlier on Wednesday, the website ScienceInsider reported the surprising result was down to a loose fibre optic cable linking a Global Positioning System satellite receiver to a computer. ScienceInsider is run by the respected American Association for the Advancement of Science. Mr Gillies confirmed a flaw in the GPS system was now suspected as a possible cause for the surprising reading. Gillies’ says further testing was needed before any definite conclusions could be reached :: Read the full article »»»»