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
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: March 18th, 2014 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: Chukotka, Pithovirus sibericum, Russia, Siberia, Worlds Biggest Virus | Comments Off
French scientists say they have revived a giant but harmless virus that had been locked in the Siberian permafrost for more than 30,000 years.
Wakening the long-dormant virus serves as a warning that unknown pathogens entombed in frozen soil may be roused by global warming, the scientists said.
The virus, Pithovirus sibericum, was found in a 30-metre-deep sample of permanently frozen soil taken from coastal tundra in Chukotka, near the East Siberia Sea, where the average annual temperature is -13.4 degrees Celsius.
The team thawed the virus and watched it replicate in a culture in a petri dish, where it infected a simple single-cell organism called an amoeba.
Radiocarbon dating of the soil sample found that vegetation grew there more than 30,000 years ago, a time when mammoths and Neanderthals walked the Earth, according to a paper published in the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 17th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought | Tags: Australian Vaccination Network, AVN, Black Salve, Cansema, Escharotics, Fake Cancer Treatments, Quackwatch, TGA, The Organic Gourmet, The Therapeutic Goods Administration, Time Magazine, Vaccinate Your Children | Comments Off
We’ve been following the Australian Vaccination Networks -AVN – belligerence since mid 2013, when the anti-vaccination group was ordered by the Therapeutic Drug Authority to change its name.
The group has finally conceded.
AVN has changed its name to one that more clearly reflects its anti-vaccination views, the group will now be known as the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network.
The New South Wales Fair Trading Department has been pursuing the group for some time after receiving complaints about its misleading name.
The organisation tried to challenge a direction to find a new name but was last year ordered by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal to call itself something different :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: March 5th, 2014 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, NASA | Tags: 2014 DX110, NASA, Near-Earth Object Observations Program | Comments Off
An asteroid the size of a football field is about to make a close pass by Earth but is not expected to hit or cause any damage. Named 2014 DX110, the asteroid will be part of a rare class of objects that comes nearer than the moon, NASA says.
The space agency says it will shave by at around 7:00am aest tomorrow. “As happens about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, a known asteroid will safely pass Earth closer than the distance from Earth to the moon,” NASA said on its website.
Its closest approach to Earth will be at about 350,000 kilometres, a bit closer than the average lunar distance of 385,000 kilometres. The asteroid is believed to be about 30 metres across. NASA discovered it as part of its asteroid tracking efforts, called the Near-Earth Object Observations Program :: More Asteroids »»»»
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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
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: February 13th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Science News, Solar Stars, SPACE | Tags: china, China News Service, China's Military Run Space Program, Jade Rabbit, Lunar Rover, Moon Landing, SASTIND, Space Exploration, State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, Weibo, Yutu | Comments Off
China’s troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has died on the surface of the moon, in a major setback for Beijing’s ambitious space program.
The country’s first moon rover “could not be restored to full function”, the state-owned China News Service said in a brief report, after the landmark mission ran into mechanical problems last month.
The Jade Rabbit, or Yutu in Chinese, was deployed on the moon’s surface on December 15 and was a huge source of pride in China – only the third country to complete a lunar rover mission after the United States and the former Soviet Union.
The landing was a key step forward in Beijing’s ambitious military-run space program, which include plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually sending a human to the moon.
The rover experienced a “mechanical control abnormality” in late January due to “the complicated lunar surface environment”, according to the official Xinhua news agency, and was unable to function since then :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 26th, 2014 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Cankler Science News, Palaeontology | Tags: Australian Palaeontological Discovery, Palaeontology, Polypterus, Spiracles, Tetrapods Transition | Comments Off
The emergence of life from water on to land is a pivotal moment in evolutionary history, and scientists say a new discovery may shed light on how it was able to happen.
Palaeontologists have verified a 200-year old hunch about an African fish and, in the process, showed how the first land animals developed the ability to breathe.
The scientists found the polypterus, a bony fish species, receives most of its oxygen not through gills but primitive nostrils on the top of its head.
Scientists had previously noticed similar holes, known as spiracles, in fossils of much more ancient species which are today regarded as the ancestors of modern land animals. Those species include the gogonasus, which inhabited the oceans 380 million years ago and was first identified by Flinders University palaeontologist Professor John Long.
His new research, in conjunction with a team based at the Scripps Research Institute in the US, has now been published in the journal Nature Communications. The discovery marks the first step in the evolutionary transition of similar ancient fishes to the land as tetrapods, or four-legged animals :: Read the full article »»»»