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Also, to add to what MattMcC1 says, it's also helpful to be clear what scientists mean when they speak of a theory. They do not use the word as lay people do--that is, to indicate an idea that may or may not be well-grounded. Rather, they arrive at a theory only after exhaustive study and experimentation, the results of which can be replicated again and again. In other words, scientific theories are well-grounded in facts and reality. The "scenario" that MattMcM1 speaks of, then, is not one based on willy-nilly calculations and wishful thinking, but on known laws and facts, taking into consideration the known characteristics of the subject at hand.
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-141228" title="ATLAShiggsy" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2012/12/ATLAShiggsy.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="440" /> Something slightly odd seems to be going on with the Higgs boson. Separate measurements of its properties are showing two slightly different masses, according to scientists who presented their latest data on Dec. 13.
By Joanne Manaster From Argonne Labs comes this intriguing video demonstrating the acoustic levitation of liquids on a piece of equipment developed for NASA to simulate microgravity conditions. The acoustic levitator uses two small speakers to generate sound waves at frequencies slightly above the audible range – roughly 22 kilohertz. When the top and bottom speakers are precisely aligned, they create two sets of sound waves that perfectly interfere with each other, setting up a phenomenon known as a standing wave. At certain points along a standing wave, known as nodes, there is no net transfer of energy at all. Because the acoustic pressure from the sound waves is sufficient to cancel the effect of gravity, light objects are able to levitate when placed at the nodes.
The world’s most ambitious physics endeavor has delivered: On July 4th, officials from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced that two major experiments using the Large Hadron Collider, an enormous circular particle accelerator buried on the border between France and Switzerland, have found preliminary evidence of the long-sought Higgs boson, a subatomic particle at the center of one of the biggest mysteries in physics: What gives matter mass? “It’s hard not to get excited by these results,” said CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci. “We stated last year that in 2012 we would either find a new Higgs-like particle or exclude the existence of the Standard Model Higgs. With all the necessary caution, it looks to me that we are at a branching point: the observation of this new particle indicates the path for the future towards a more detailed understanding of what we’re seeing in the data.”
Meanwhile in America, republicans are winning the war on science.... Thousands of Louisiana students will receive state voucher money, transferred from public school funding, to attend private religious schools. What will they learn there?
Let me tell you why it is not possible for Higgs boson to be there, because there cannot be any fields in a realistic understanding of the natural world. Fields were devised in the times of Maxwell to comprehend pre quantum phenomena. Every event has to have a particle/wave explanation, no field would fill in the details where a postulation is weak. It's a non quantum sub ev world out there. Gravitation and mass are due to a very different form of particle or particles, no resemblance with Higgs.
Read full article Continue reading page | 1 | 2 A version of this piece was originally commissioned by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason and also appears on their website RichardDawkins.net . Read more: " LHC sees hint of lightweight Higgs boson "
Why can't people realize that we are all subject to Natural Law. That when a physical body dies the energy that animated it leaves for another place in the natural scheme of things known or unknown. That there is no God. That God did not create man in his own image. That man created God in his own image to have dominion over other men. That reincarnation is a fact in that all energy is recycled on the death of a physical body, whatever?
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-118965" title="LHCAltas1" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/wiredscience/2012/07/LHCAltas11.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="440" /> Update: The live feed is now available . Scientists at CERN will announce their most recent results in the search for the Higgs boson early on July 4 — with many speculating that the discovery of the long-sought particle will finally be official. Join us here for a live feed from Europe of the event starting at 11 p.m PT tonight (2 a.m.
Perhaps the greatest and most fiercely contested race in modern science is the search for dark matter. Physicists cannot see this stuff, hence the name. However, they infer its existence because they can see its gravitational influence on the structure of galaxies and clusters of galaxies. It implies that the universe is filled with dark matter, much more of it than the visible matter we can see If they’re right, dark matter must fill our galaxy and our Solar System.
By Max McClure Within the exotic world of macroscopic quantum effects, where fluids flow uphill, wires conduct without electrical resistance and magnets levitate, there is an even stranger family of "unconventional" phenomena. These effects often defy explanation by current theoretical physics, but hold enormous promise for the development of such futuristic technologies as room-temperature superconductors, ultrasensitive microscopes and quantum computation.
Rare earth metals and salts. The left-most metal disc is cast dysprosium metal, resting on a sheet of sublimated dysprosium. The other metal disc is scandium and the metal cylinder is gadolinium.