July 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
The race is on, or continuing between the LHC and the Tevatron. Regular readers know of my passion for particle physics. I find the work they are doing at the accelerators endlessly fascinating. Will they find this Higgs? Personally I don’t think so. Can I back that up with a reasoned argument? Nope. But, there are some very brilliant theoretical physicists who can. My point, I don’t have a horse in this race. I am watching it for the beauty of the game. It is beautiful.
“Steve Myers, CERN’s Director for Accelerators and Technology, presented the LHC schedule for the next 10 years today in the first plenary presentation at the International Conference on High Energy Physics. Myers also presented his predictions for the amount of data that the LHC may collect over the same time period. These predictions over the next few years will be scrutinized closely by scientists at Fermilab’s Tevatron, who have proposed extending the accelerator’s life for a further 3 years.” Read full Story»
July 17, 2010 § 6 Comments
Ways YOU can help save the world from home without getting off your ass.
You may say “People should get off their ass to help!” My response is: Unfortunately, not all of us can. Whether they be physical, financial, social or just plain weird sometimes circumstances make us feel useless and trapped. Helping others is the best way to feel better about your own life. All of the examples I have listed below are free, easy, fun, educational and cool. You will soon forget started doing it to help others. In fact by doing these things you are really helping yourself.
- Join Zooniverse :
- Explore the Moon in unprecedented detail using images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
- Help astronomers figure out how galaxies form and evolve by classifying their shape. Now with added Hubble galaxies.Help spot explosions on the Sun and track them across space to Earth. Your work will give astronauts an early warning if dangerous solar radiation is headed their way.Help us to catch an exploding star – astronomers are ready to follow-up on your best candidates at telescopes around the world.
- How do galaxies merge? Help us find out by visiting Galaxy Zoo Mergers – Explore, Enhance, Evaluate.
- Join World Community Grid– Donate the power of your computer when it is turned on, but is idle, to projects that benefit humanity! They provide the secure software and system that does it all for free, and you become part of a community that is helping to change the world. Once you install the software, you will be participating in World Community Grid. It’s that simple!
- Once you have the software installed for Wold Community Grid, you can attach to other projects like: LHC@home is a volunteer computing program which enables you to contribute idle time on your computer to help physicists develop and exploit particle accelerators, such as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and SETI@home is a scientific experiment that uses Internet-connected computers in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). You can participate by running a free program that downloads and analyzes radio telescope data.
- TIP: You can run SETI@home and LHC@home on the World Community Grid Platform but not vice versa. So sign up for Wold Community Grid first.
June 28, 2010 § 1 Comment
I am not really sure how mainstream The Crossword Blog of The New York Times is, but I was very pleasantly surprised to see a Numberplay puzzle based on Spooky Action at a Distance. I think it is great when mainstream media makes physics, and science in general, fun and entertaining. I already think they are but for some reason the general public finds quantum mechanics dull. We need to find more ways like this to wake them up.
June 26, 2010 § Leave a comment
We are one. We all started out together as a singularity or super-string then BANG we expanded. We didn’t separate. We are all still connected, every person, animal, rock, tree, star, planet at a subatomic level. We are all connected.
Watch Frank Wilczek First. It is a longer lecture, but well worth it. Plus, it makes John Hagelin look less like a nutter.
June 17, 2010 § 2 Comments
Wow. And I mean wow. Have you seen Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman? It is delightful. OK, I had some issues with the first episode. It dealt with the “god debate”. I don’t understand why scientists have to pretend there is still a debate. Is the Pope still sending out death squads?
Nevertheless, the second episode, about black holes was amazing. It was one of the best presentations explaining The Black Hole War I have ever seen. I have seen many.
Each episode just gets better and better.
June 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
This is what happens when you put scientists, engineers, and physicists in charge of a project instead of bureaucrats, accountants and lawyers. Aspirin and dental floss: Homespun high-energy physics.
This in a fantastic article that reaffirms my belief that not all of humanity is doomed to perish under a massive avalanche of debris caused by this age of consumerism.