On Friday I traveled to Belluno, a town just south of the north-eastern Italian alps, to give a lecture on particle physics to high-school students for the "International Masterclasses". This was the umpteenth time that I gave more or less the same talk in the last decade or so; but it's not my fault, as particle physics has changed very little in the meantime. Yes, we discovered the Higgs boson, and yes, we excluded many possible extensions of the standard model. But the one-line summary remains the same: we continue to seek, but are not quite sure we'll find, a hint of what lies beyond.
What is "Navigated Voltage"?

The short answer to the question "what is navigated voltage?" is that there is no such thing.  A slightly longer answer is that the correct term is "induced voltage".

I was searching the web for materials on transmission line electromagnetic fields when I came across the strange term "navigated voltage".  I traced the source to Wikimedia where I noted that the image below is described in both English and Russian.  The term "наведённого напряжения" on the Wikimedia page seems to have been wrongly translated as "navigated voltage".  The correct translation is "induced voltage"
We tend to think society is more sexualized today but perhaps it's only now that the common people are getting it on the way elites once did.

In the Eilat Mountain region around Nahal Roded in Israel, recently discovered sites look distinct from other ones nearby: They have 126 ‘regular’ standing stones along with perforated ones and anthropomorphic stone images to go with them.  The tools date back to the Neolithic period - before pottery.
Toxic Cloud In Spain Caused By Rocket Fuel

A toxic orange cloud hanging over Igualada was caused when two chemicals being delivered to the Simar S.A. storage facility were accidentally mixed.
By the time I got to Los Alamos I had read Richard Feynman's autobiographical works, popular biographies, and his work in QED. It was insightful to see how the man thought going through his papers dating back to the Manhattan Project.

Participants in a new study have reported a small but growing and worrisome trend among some gay American men.

Virginia state legislators just passed a bill that makes cannabidiol and delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol carboxylic acid (THC-acid or THCA) legal for the treatment of intractable epilepsy. You can read the bill here.

The problem is that while there is some evidence that cannabidiol might help treat intractable epilepsy, for which GW pharmaceuticals is testing Epidolex, there is little evidence for THCA.
The TransAsia GE235 Accident - The Taxi, the Transmission Lines and the FDR - some details

The skills of the pilots of GE235 have been questioned.  The mere fact that Transasia is requiring its pilots to undergo tests is not proof of pilot error.  It is most likely a precautionary measure.  The FDR - flight data recorder - shows some very strange readings.  The graphic representation of the engine data published by Taiwan's ASC is reproduced full size below.  (If it does not show full size, right click and select 'view image'.)

This blog will have a new, testable hypothesis for classical gravity. Start at the beginning of mathematical physics, with work by Newton himself.


Yesterday, phys.org posted a story titled, “No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning.” Coauthors Ahmed Farag Ali and Saurya Das, “have shown in a paper published in Physics Letters B that the Big Bang singularity can be resolved by their new model in which the universe has no beginning and no end.” (Read the full article here.)

On the other hand, Alexander Vilenkin says the universe probably did have a beginning: