Physics

The Plot Of The Week- CMS Searches For Higgs Decays To Charm Quarks

While you and I may have been lagging behind a bit as of late, excused by a particularly hot July, the CMS collaboration has kept grinding its data, producing exquisite new results from the large amounts of proton-proton collisions that the experiment has ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jul 24 2019 - 5:33am

Nuclear Fusion: Electromagnetic Sunlight

Have you ever wondered about the colors you see in these moments? What sunlight actually is? Yes, it's light from the Sun but so much more than that. Sunlight is both light and energy. Once it reaches Earth, we call this energy, "insolation,&quo ...

Article - Heidi Henderson - Jul 28 2019 - 9:36am

XENON Reports New Strong Limits On Light Dark Matter

Our current understanding of the Universe includes the rather unsettling notion that most of its matter is not luminous- it does not clump into stars, that is. Nobody has a clue of what this Dark Matter (DM) really is, and hypotheses on what it could be ma ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Jul 29 2019 - 10:26am

What Do Theoretical Physicists Do In The Age of Big Collaborations?

F undamental Theoretical Physics is the driver of big science projects.  Confirming old theories and testing new theories is how science advances.  That said what do we really do when part of big science projects?  The stereotype of the theoretical physic ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Jul 29 2019 - 9:05pm

Newton Is Wrong And Einstein Is Next, Says UCLA Astrophysicist

A new paper states that Einstein still holds up "for now" but that Newton is wrong. The reason the authors believe Einstein’s general theory of relativity is weak is because it cannot fully explain gravity inside a black hole- and though no one ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 31 2019 - 3:43pm

My Take On The Breakthrough Prizes

I'll admit, I wanted to rather title this post "Billionaire Awards Prizes To Failed Theories", just for the sake of being flippant. But in any joke there is a little bit of truth, as I wish to discuss below. The (not-so-anymore) news is that ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Aug 10 2019 - 5:18am

The Plot Of The Week- Loads Of Higgs Bosons

I am presently spending a few days in the pleasant island of Crete, in the middle of the Mediterranean, where I am attending the eight edition of the "International Conference on New Frontiers in Physics". Crete is a gorgeous island at the crossr ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Aug 27 2019 - 8:33am

Does The Amazon Produce 20% Of Earth's Oxygen? NO! Stop Spreading That.

N o, the Amazon does not produce 20% of the Earths oxygen.  The real value is more like 5% to 6%.  This is NOT to minimize how bad it is to have out of control wildfires.  This is to keep unscientific non-facts from being perpetuated.  I was made to write ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Aug 26 2019 - 11:36pm

Wrong Craig Callender: Quantum Field Theory Tells Us We Are Right About Black Hole Thermodynamics.

Z, a quantity known as the partition function in statistical thermodynamics and the generating functional in quantum field theory tell us that we are exactly right about black hole thermodynamics.  Dr Craig Callender, Professor of Philosophy at UC San Die ...

Blog Post - Hontas Farmer - Sep 6 2019 - 12:06pm

Quark Nuggets Of Dark Matter As The Origin Of Dama-Libra Signal?

Sometimes browsing the Cornell ArXiv results in very interesting reading. It is the case with the preprint I got to read today, "DAMA/LIBRA annual modulation and Axion Quark Nugget Dark Matter Model", by Ariel Zhitnitsky. This article puts forth ...

Article - Tommaso Dorigo - Sep 18 2019 - 10:47am