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Zen Mind, Beginners Mind. Breath Sweeps Mind. Want to find your mind. Real solutions from real experts. A new way to count. A reason for capitalists to care about Quantum Physics. A Ridiculous Essay on Rational Outreach (via The Tribal Scientist) A public immunity to freeloaders « The Tribal Scientist. Science-based Hippies? « She Thought. Schedule for LHC’s next few years revealed.

July 26, 2010 § The race is on, or continuing between the LHC and the Tevatron.

Schedule for LHC’s next few years revealed

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. “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. Via symmetry breaking » Blog Archive » Schedule for LHC’s next few years revealed.

Like this: Like Loading... Tagged: LHC, Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Science, Supersymmetry, Unification, Unified Field Theory. Critical Thinking 101: A Skeptics Toolkit. July 27, 2010 § Have you ever tried convincing someone that ghosts aren’t real, aliens are not abducting people or that psychics are con artists, only to end up in an argument?

Critical Thinking 101: A Skeptics Toolkit

It has happened to me. More often you are presented with a situation where a friend or family member states something you know to be complete baloney, but out of politeness or fear you say nothing. Well, thanks to The Cleveland Skeptics, now you can. They have put together a toolkit. “Critical Thinking 101These are videos, podcasts, articles and books that, I think, provide the basic knowledge for skepticism. LHC results: Not just the same old thing. The Importance of Unbelief. Are you a Skeptic or a Cynic. The next time you are about to call something a load of crap, ask yourself this question.

Are you a Skeptic or a Cynic

Are you being a skeptic or just a cynic? There is a difference. Yes, there is an overlap many times with a lot of people. Just because something doesn’t fit your preconceived notion of how the world works, doesn’t make it wrong. And, just because a person believes something different from you, does not mean that there is nothing you have in common. Skeptic Exchange. Humungous bubbles blown from small black hole. July 9, 2010 § You know how much I love bubbles.

Humungous bubbles blown from small black hole

This is the coolest one I have seen in a while. The universe is such an amazing place. I wouldn’t live anywhere else. ;-) Kitten Wearing a Tiny Hat - Audition Outtakes. SP Content / What? Me, worry? Error Number: 1054 Unknown column 'reply_member.username' in 'field list' SELECT `reply`. How We Fool Ourselves Over and Over. PJZen's The Big Picture. Almost every social networking site on the internet requires your to fill out a personal bio section.

PJZen's The Big Picture

That “Tell us a little about yourself” box always makes me cringe. It took me weeks to put an “About me” page on this blog. Part of the reason is I find it hard to talk about myself. (I am getting over that.) The main reason though is people are judgmental bastards. Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico. On Saturday, June 19, 2010, oil spread northeast from the leaking Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

John Hagelin, Ph.D on Consciousness 2 of 2. AT-AT DAY AFTERNOON. Bubbles! I am a little obsessed with bubbles.


As you may have read on this blog, I had an awakening a couple of years back. It was brought on by many factors including physical and mental trauma. The magic of knowledge exchange. “If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple.

The magic of knowledge exchange

But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas”. (George Bernard Shaw). The CERN Global Network is a new, ideal place for past and present members of the CERN community to share ideas and create new links. On 29 April, CERN’s Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTT) Group launched the CERN Global Network, a tool whose aim is to facilitate knowledge exchanges inside and outside CERN. Science and Physics. Untitled. AtlasResults < Atlas < TWiki. AtlasResults < Atlas < TWiki. Giant natural particle accelerator discovered above thun. ( -- A lightning researcher at the University of Bath has discovered that during thunderstorms, giant natural particle accelerators can form 40 km above the surface of the Earth.

Giant natural particle accelerator discovered above thun

Dr Martin Füllekrug from the University’s Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering presented his new work on Wednesday 14 April at the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (RAS NAM 2010) in Glasgow. His findings show that when particularly intense lightning discharges in thunderstorms coincide with high-energy particles coming in from space (cosmic rays), nature provides the right conditions to form a giant particle accelerator above the thunderclouds.

The cosmic rays strip off electrons from air molecules and these electrons are accelerated upwards by the electric field of the lightning discharge. The Physics behind the paper behind “Colliding Particles” « Life. This post also at The Guardian.

The Physics behind the paper behind “Colliding Particles” « Life

This is a bit of a niche post but there was recently a review in Physics World of these videos I’m in about research at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). While generally positive, the review pointed out that although the videos are partially based around a particular scientific paper about how one might find the Higgs boson (referred to in the films as the “Eurostar paper”), they don’t really explain the physics behind it, being focussed more on “how science works” than a specific result.

Fair comment. So here is my attempt to explain the physics behind this paper to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. I’ll concentrate on explaining the new ideas in the paper rather than giving a summary of why the Higgs is interesting or what the LHC is. Bosonic string theory. Bosonic string theory is the original version of string theory, developed in the late 1960s. In the early 2000s, supersymmetry was discovered in the context of string theory, and a new version of string theory called superstring theory (supersymmetric string theory) became the real focus.

Nevertheless, bosonic string theory remains a very useful "toy model" to understand many general features of perturbative string theory, and string theory textbooks usually start with the bosonic string. The first volume of Polchinski's String Theory and Zwiebach's A First Course in String Theory are good examples. Problems[edit] ATLAS Control Room Blog » Sleepless Nights Lead to First Results.

Do you hear that? The incessant typing? The coffee machines vending cup after cup? LHCb - Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment. 9 April 2014: Unambiguous observation of an exotic particle which cannot be classified within the traditional quark model The LHCb Collaboration has published yesterday results of precise measurements of properties of the Z(4430)- particle which allow to determine unambiguously its exotic nature. In the traditional quark model, the strongly interacting particles (hadrons) are formed either from quark-antiquark pairs (mesons) or three quarks (baryons).

Particle physicists were searching since 50 years for the particles, called exotic hadrons, which could not be classified within this scheme. Many candidates have been proposed but up to now there has not been unambiguous proof of their existence. M-theory. M-theory is a theory in physics that unifies all consistent versions of superstring theory. The existence of such a theory was first conjectured by Edward Witten at the string theory conference at the University of Southern California in the summer of 1995.

Witten's announcement initiated a flurry of research activity known as the second superstring revolution. Background[edit] Scientists present first “bre. One slide from CMS spokesperson Guido Tonelli's presentation, showing a preview of the results to be presented by members of the CMS collaboration at "Physics at LHC. " The Large Hadron Collider.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It first started up on 10 September 2008, and remains the latest addition to CERN’s accelerator complex. ATLAS Experiment. Quantum dynamics of matter waves reveal exotic multibody collisi. Quantum wonders: Spooky action at a distance - physics-math - 08. ERWIN SCHRÖDINGER called it the "defining trait" of quantum theory. Einstein could not bring himself to believe in it at all, thinking it proof that quantum theory was seriously buggy. Anticipating the first steps. Aurora in May, over North America. Three-Inch Device Detects 3,000 Types of Viruses and Bacteria. Turns out good things really do come in small packages. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently unveiled a three-inch device that can detect up to 3,000 different types of viruses and bacteria in just 24 hours.

The bio-detector, dubbed the Lawrence Livermore Microbial Detection Array (LLMDA), could have huge implications for biological and chemical attacks, food and pharmaceutical safety and diagnosing medical problems. Microscopic bacteria LLMDA is just a three-inch-long, one-inch-wide glass slide. NASA Spots Signs of Life... On Earth.

Unlike certain corners of the UK tabloid press, I’m not about to proclaim that NASA has found life on Mars, because that’s just silly (and completely false). However, NASA has spotted signs of life on Earth. I realize that might sound just as wacky, but bear with me. LHCsound blog. Quantum wonders: The field that isn't there - physics-math - 08. 20100411-Aurora Borealis timelapse, over Lake Michigan . . . - M. Is the Pursuit of Happiness Making Us Miserable? Bio. All Present-day Life Arose From A Single Origin. How does consciousness work. A couple of days ago I was reminded that there was another big question to be answered.

The first big question is scattered throughout this blog. Eureka! Neural evidence for sudden insight. Law & Disorder. Human Consciousness Taboo. Are you conscious now. "There Was No Big Bang!" Say Several Leading Cosmologists (A Gal.


Universcale. A voyage through the multiverse and higher dimensional hyperspac. Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers. Evolution. Introduction to M-theory. "There Was No Big Bang!" Say Several Leading Cosmologists (A Gal. Saving Lives with Skepticism. Ecology. Jonah Lehrer: Inside My Mind. Our Queer Universe. Has Quantum Mechanics gone mainstream. Unified Field Theory. Is it time for scientists to come out of the closet? « PJZen's T. Don’t be afraid of the truth. “Good without God” Do you remember the “First Amendment” Essential Freethought Library. Are you letting your ideas have sex. Can Science Explain Everything. How can your blog brighten the world.

Can you help save the world sitting on you ass. The Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense. What is Consciousness. Bubbles! Quotes.