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Standard Model of Physics Confirmed By CERN, ooops…

Posted: June 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Physics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Standard Model of Physics Confirmed By CERN, ooops…

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 »»»»


Loose Cable Behind CERN Faster-than-light Result

Posted: February 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Favorite New Thought, Outside the Box, Physics, Quantum Physics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Loose Cable Behind CERN Faster-than-light Result

Loose Cable Behind CERN Faster-than-light ResultThe 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 »»»»


SMRs: Back to the Future of Energy – Small Modular Nuclear Reactors?

Posted: February 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Cankler Science News, Climate Change, Physics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on SMRs: Back to the Future of Energy – Small Modular Nuclear Reactors?

SMRs Back to the Future of Energy Small Modular Nuclear Reactors2012 is an historic year for nuclear power, with the first new reactors gaining U.S. government approval in almost 35 years. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission – NRC – has approved the first nuclear reactors to be built in the U.S. since 1978.

The NRC voted 4-1 in favour of Southern Company building two new nuclear reactors at an existing Georgia plant. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko voted against, expressing concern that the licence was being approved “as if Fukushima never happened”. The reactors are expected to cost $US14 billion/£8.8 billion and could begin operating as early as 2016. No reactors have been approved for construction since a year before the accident at Three Mile Island, a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, in 1979.

Some have seen the approval of the Southern Company’s two Westinghouse AP-1000 reactors – to be built in Georgia – as the start of a revival of nuclear power in the West, but this may be a false dawn because of the problems besetting conventional reactors.

Safety concerns around nuclear power have risen following a meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima power plant in March 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami cut the plant off from the power grid.

In the wake of the Japanese disaster the commission launched a review into whether existing and new US reactors could withstand natural disasters like earthquakes and floods. It may be that when a new boom in nuclear power comes, it won’t be led by giant gigawatt installations, but by batteries of small modular reactors – SMRs – with very different principles from reactors of past generations :: Read the full article »»»»


OPERA :: Faster Than The Speed of Light

Posted: September 28th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Applied Science, Favorite New Thought, M.Aaron Silverman, Outside the Box, Physics Applied, Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Physics, Quantum Physics, Quantum Physics, Science, Science News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on OPERA :: Faster Than The Speed of Light

Scientists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research and the Italian National Institute of Nuclear Physics, under the experiment banner of OPERA  are reporting that sub-atomic particles known as neutrinos have the ability to travel faster than the speed of light, a discovery that if verified, would completely disassemble Einstein’s theory of special as well as general relativity. Or, at the outside these findings – if correct – may force science to re-calculate the speed of light :: Read the full article »»»»