Is There a New Physics Waiting to be Discovered?

August 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Spacecraft Flyby MysteryDo you remember the scene in Star Trek where they did the sling shot around the sun to pick up enough speed to go back in time. Well, this is not what they are talking about. It just made me think of that. I thought I would share a geek moment with you.

“Experts are intrigued by the fact that while the acceleration is tiny and has no significant effect on NASA missions, it holds great interest because no explanation based on conventional physics and understanding has been found. The effect is so persistent that it could indicate some physics not considered in previous attempts to explain the motions of bodies in the universe.

In 1998, for example, NASA’s NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft had its speed boosted by an additional 13.5 millimetres per second. There are many examples of this, but no explanation – which raises the tantalizing possibility that it could be a sign that a whole new branch of physics is waiting to be discovered.” Read the full story

via “The Spacecraft Flyby Mystery” – Is Dark Matter the Culprit or is There a New Physics Waiting to be Discovered?.


Big Bang Abandoned in New Model of the Universe

July 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

This is one of the most exciting theories I have heard in a long time. I am going to tell you why and you are going to think I am even nuttier than you already do. But, as you know, I don’t care. One night after watching some documentary about Stephen Hawking and the black hole wars, I was lying in bed just contemplating the Universe. Suddenly and image came into focus and a said aloud to my husband.

“I get it. It has a hole but it has no hole.”

Of course he groggily responded.

“What the hell are you talking about?”

I went on to explain that I had seen an image of the Universe. That it was kind of like a doughnut. But, because we are inside the ring so we just keep going around and around. From our perspective it doesn’t have a hole. And the image I saw it was all stretched out so the “doughnut hole” was almost invisible.

“A new cosmology successfully explains the accelerating expansion of the universe without dark energy; but only if the universe has no beginning and no end.

Shu’s idea is that time and space are not independent entities but can be converted back and forth between each other. In his formulation of the geometry of spacetime, the speed of light is simply the conversion factor between the two. Similarly, mass and length are interchangeable in a relationship in which the conversion factor depends on both the gravitational constant G and the speed of light, neither of which need be constant.

So as the Universe expands, mass and time are converted to length and space and vice versa as it contracts.

This universe has no beginning or end, just alternating periods of expansion and contraction. In fact, Shu shows that singularities cannot exist in this cosmos.” Read the full article…

via Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: Big Bang Abandoned in New Model of the Universe.

Are We Living Inside a Black Hole?

July 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

Are We Living Inside a Black Hole?This is a new one. I don’t know about you, but I will have fun thinking abut this one this weekend. My definition of fun is different than most.

“Scientists trying to explain the universe’s accelerating expansion usually point to dark energy, which seems to be pushing everything apart.

But an Indiana University professor has a new theory, reports New Scientist: We’re inside a black hole that exists in another universe. Specifically, a black hole that rebounded, somewhat like a spring.

Some fairly mind-blowing physics is involved here, but the gist is that Nikodem Poplawski of IU-Bloomington used a modified version of Einstein’s general relativity equation set that takes particle spin into account.” Read Full Story

via Are We Living Inside a Black Hole? | Popular Science.

Our Queer Universe

July 4, 2010 § 1 Comment

This is one of my favorite TED talks by Richard Dawkins. It is a very beautiful way of explaining the way we evolved to look at the world.

Time spent doing what you love is never wasted

June 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

A beautiful moment of zen shared by Bad Astronomer – Phil Plait.  

Time spent doing what you love is never wasted

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