” Peter W Higgs and François Englert have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prizefor Physics for the discovery of the ‘God particle’.
The scientists were jointly awarded the prize for the theory of how particles acquire mass.
They first proposed the theory independently of one another in 1964. Their ideas were then confirmed with the discovery of the Higgs particle at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland.
A statement said the award was for: “The theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by Atlas and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.” “
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” The report published by Nature magazine details how scientist has discovered a new way of binding photons together in order to form a new molecule which replicates almost exactly the nature of the iconic weapons favoured by both Jedi Knights and Sith Lords
“Most of the properties of light we know about originate from the fact that photons are massless and do not interact,” said Harvard physics professor Mikhail Lukin. “What we have done is create a special type of medium in which photons interact with each other so strongly that they act as though they have mass, and bind together to form molecules.”
While this may not sound much like George Lucas’ vision of a galaxy far, far away, Lukin himself makes a Star Wars analogy:
“It’s not an in-apt analogy to compare this to lightsabers. When these photons interact with each other, they’re pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.” “
Jetpack Rocket Science
“ Jetpacking was awesome fun! Despite the fat lip I had a great time. I think knowing a bit about physics actually helps fly the jetpack. It works on the same principle as a rocket (Newton’s 3rd law) but unlike the shuttle, you don’t carry your own propellant with you. Instead, water is pumped out of the lake by the jetski at up to 60 litres a second. It is then fired out of the nozzles at around 15 m/s creating 1800 N of force, the equivalent of about 150 fire extinguishers. On me this can produce acceleration of about 1.5g’s “
” As two yellow-helmeted electricians rise slowly on a hoist from the cavern floor to check cabling on a huge red magnet, CERN scientist Marc Goulette makes clear he sees cosmic significance in their task.
“When this refit is completed,” he says, gesturing across the gigantic Large Hadron Collider, “we shall be ready to explore an entirely new realm of physics.” “
” The collider is only 5 years old but, after swiftly finding a crucial missing link to support mankind’s main concept of the universe, is now entering a two-year revamp to double its power in the hope of making breathtaking new discoveries.
Some scientists predict it will help identify the nature of strange dark matter that lurks around planets, stars and galaxies; others that it might find a zoo of new particles or even catch hints that space has more than three dimensions.”
” Sex in in outer space could be deadly, according to a new study from the University of Montreal.
Researchers studying the reproductive processes of plant cells found that gravitational changes could compromise the development of human offspring conceived during space travel , The Daily Mail reported. Scientists believe that cell behavior evolved under the force of Earth’s gravity. “
Real CMS proton-proton collision events in which 4 high energy electrons (green lines and red towers) are observed. The event shows characteristics expected from the decay of a Higgs boson but is also consistent with background Standard Modelphysics processes.(Image from cds.cern.ch)
” It is now almost certain the subatomic particle that brings together everything in the universe has been found, CERN scientists announced on Thursday. Latest analysis of data from the Large Hadron Collider proves that the Higgs boson actually exists.
The search for the missing particle dubbed as ‘the holy grail of physics,’ which has been going on for almost half a century and has brought the $10 billion Large Hadron Collider (LHC) into existence, has finally resulted in some strong experimental evidence.
The question which has eluded countless physicists for decades, and the missing link explaining how the universe works at the very basic level, is what gives mass to matter. In other words, what has brings all the flying particles together to form stars, planets and humans ever since the Big Bang.”
- | ‘God particle’ confirmed: CERN says data ‘strongly indicates’ Higgs boson found! (truthaholics.wordpress.com)
- Cern physicists: We found Higgs boson ‘God particle’ with Large Hadron Collider – Belfast Telegraph (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Scientists more certain that particle is Higgs boson (cnn.com)
- CERN: New particle is confirmed Higgs boson (upi.com)
- CERN: LHC Data Confirms Particle is “God Particle”, But the Devil is in the Details (dailytech.com)
- Physicists claim to have found ‘god particle’ (newsday.com)
” Creating microscopic black holes using particle accelerators requires less energy than previously thought, researchers say.
If physicists do succeed in creating black holes with such energies on Earth, the achievement could prove the existence of extra dimensions in the universe, physicists noted.
Any such black holes would pose no risk to Earth, however, scientists added.
Black holes possess gravitational fields so powerful that nothing can escape, not even light. The holes normally form when the remains of a dead star collapse under their own gravity, squeezing their mass together.”
- Creating tiny black holes isn’t all that hard (science.nbcnews.com)
- Mini Black Holes Easier To Make Than Thought (space.com)
- Video: Particle Collisions Could Create Twin Black Holes (news.sciencemag.org)
- Black Holes Won’t Incinerate You, After All (scienceblogs.com)
- NASA Puts New Spin On Black Holes (gizmodo.com.au)
- Curtains down for the black hole firewall paradox (spacedaily.com)
- Black Hole Spins at Nearly the Speed of Light (news.nationalgeographic.com)
- Astronomers Spot Black Hole Spinning Near the Speed of Light (escapistmagazine.com)
Fun With Potatoes & Physics!
Sodium v Water In Slow Motion
A Brief History Of Quantum Mechanics
” Ask anyone to name an iconic scientist and most people will say Albert Einstein. He was his generation’s greatest physicist as well as an international celebrity and humanitarian. Many people can tell you at least something about his renowned Theory of Relativity, though the details probably elude them right now.
Einstein’s fame extends to pop culture, where photos of the eminent scientist can be seen plastered on mugs, t-shirts, postcards, and internet memes. Though many images are well known — Einstein framed by his wild hair sticking his tongue out at the camera — there are still a good number that rarely see the light of day.
In honor of the 90th anniversary of Albert Einstein winning the Nobel Prize in physics, we are presenting a collection of photographs — some famous, some rare — that exemplify this singular man. The images come from the Bettmann Archive, a collection of more than 11 million historical photographs owned by Corbis Images. “
- Albert Einstein’s Brain May Provide Clues To His Genius, Study Says (jtm71.wordpress.com)
- Sixty years ago, Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel (newstatesman.com)
- Einstein’s Brain Better Than Yours (drudge.com)
- The cerebral cortex of Albert Einstein: a description and preliminary analysis of unpublished photographs. (scicombinator.com)