Thursday, 27 November 2008

Forces from the future stop the LHC?

More wild speculation regarding the LHC this week, as Harvard physicist, Kevin Black, is speculating that the failure of the Large Hadron Collider soon after it was switched on in September was caused by intervention from the future to stop the experiment happening.
He writes:

"I came across a bizarre paper recently suggesting that the LHC might be shut down. Not because of the funding cuts that have been threatening particle physics projects around the world, nor because of law suits accusing the LHC of threatening life on Earth.

No, the paper suggested that future effects caused by the production of particles, such as the Higgs, could ripple backwards in time and prevent the LHC from ever operating. If it hadn't been written by two very well respected and accomplished theoretical physicists, I would have stopped reading at the title alone: Test of Effect from Future in Large Hadron Collider; A Proposal."


Thursday, 13 November 2008

Radio Astronomy performances

Sincronie is a festival which takes place in Milan each year. In 2008 the festival focuses on astronomy. On Saturday 15 November 2008, a concert dedicated to the science of radio astronomy will take place .

It includes a performance by r a d i o q u a l i a, who will premiere the new work "SKR", and Italian musician, TeZ, who will perform a newly adapted version of his piece, "reSUNance", which premiered at Ars Electronica 2008.

The artists will also present a collaborative performance using sonified signals from astronomical sources.

Earth: at the heart of a giant cosmic void?

We assume that there is nothing particularly special about our cosmic neighbourhood, but abandoning that assumption might solve one of cosmology's most pressing problems. Here's a good article summarising a new generation of experiments which may challenge or prove to prevailing notions about the the modern-day Copernican principle.


Special edition of New York Times

One of the most inspiring art actions I've seen in a long time, we'll see if this special edition of the New York Times becomes prophetic. Among my favourite headlines are:

"Lawrence Lessig is head of the new Network Communications Bureau" ...

"Congress has voted to place ExxonMobil and other major oil companies under public stewardship, with the bulk of the companies’ profits put in a public trust administered by the United Nations"


Thursday, 6 November 2008

Tevatron sees new particle?

Not only is Fermilab not going silently into the night, in the face of competition from the LHC, it may have actually produced a new particle, as yet unknown to physics. Experiments colliding up quarks and anti-up quarks in the Tevatron have produced anomalous muons, which Fermilab can't explain.


Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth

A stunning article from NASA was published today.

"During the time it takes you to read this article, something will happen high overhead that until recently many scientists didn't believe in. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million miles away. Tons of high-energy particles may flow through the opening before it closes again, around the time you reach the end of the page.

"It's called a flux transfer event or 'FTE,'" says space physicist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center. "Ten years ago I was pretty sure they didn't exist, but now the evidence is incontrovertible."


Saturday, 1 November 2008

Pair of Gravitationally Interacting Galaxies

Here, Hubble snaps something very special - the chance alignment of two galaxies ...

"Just a couple of days after the orbiting observatory was brought back online, Hubble aimed its prime working camera [...] at a particularly intriguing target, a pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies called Arp 147.