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Physics Mon Jan 15 2018 10:13:10 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Mysterious fast radio bursts could come from magnetars, birds of paradise have the ultimate black feathers, and there's more weird results regarding the mass of the proton. Plus much more in this week's physics highlights. New Nature paper strengthen
This post is part of a series, (read Part I and Part II) introducing a heuristic method for thinking about spacetime and charge that I like to call "the pond". Electromagnetic waves are often described as being similar to waves on water, and it turns
I remember being out to dinner once with some folks from the American Physical Society's Division of Quantum Information (at the time it was only a Topical Group) at which we were discussing some of the sessions that we sponsor at the annual March Me
All lattices in the moonshine picture are number-like, that is of the form $M frac{g}{h}$ with $M$ a positive integer and $0 leq g All lattices in the moonshine picture are number-like, that is of the form $M frac{g}{h}$ with $M$ a positive integer a
very dark fluid Most matter in the universe isnt like the stuff we are made of. Instead, its a thinly distributed, cold, medium which rarely interacts both with itself and with other kinds of matter. It also doesnt emit light, which is why physicists
It's a brand new year with a bunch of shiny new physics links. Among this week's highlights: an effort to classify all phases of matter, metalens-shaped light for cloaking devices, and the mysterious Tabby star isn't aliens after all--just dust....It
"A good idea is useless if does not convince others. An idea that is only convincing to oneself is dead."These wise words represent a hard-learned lesson for Dr. Ramon Ferrer-i-Cancho, a scientist in the Complexity and Quantitative Linguistics lab at
Let's take the lesser extraterrestrial threat first: The New York Times, in the last month of the truly strange 2017, ran a much-attention-getting article on "The Pentagon's Mysterious UFO Program," detailing how 22 million of those tax dollars you'r
(image credit: Steve’s travels & stuff) A central street in Helsinki has been paved with Penrose tiles. (image credit: Sattuman soittoa) From a Finnish paper: “The street could also be an object to mathematical awe. The s
Beginning 2018, I will no longer write for Ethan Siegels Forbes collection Starts With a Bang. Instead, I will write a semi-regular column for Quanta Magazine, the first of which -- about asymptotically safe gravity -- appeared yesterday. In contrast
Instead of searching for dark matter particles, a new device will search for dark matter waves. Researchers are testing a prototype radio that could let them listen to the tune of mysterious dark matter particles. Dark matter is an invisible substan
There's no physics linkfest this week, if only because so little happens (apart from year-end lists) in science news in the interval between Christmas and New Year's. But we'll be back next week. Meanwhile, here are Caliban (tuxedo) and Ariel...There
The article "The philosophy of adelic physics" about adelic physics providing number theoretic formulation of TGD was published as an article in the book below published by Springer. The article is 80 pages long. See this.
In our last post, we introduced the pondthe surface of a body of water serving as an intriguing analogy for spacetimewith waves as a transient expression of energy, much like photons or gravitational waves, and eddies representing charged particles l
Hard X-ray (HXR) and microwave observations of flares show only a few nonthermal sources. They are simple and compact, especially in impulsive flares, suggesting involvement of one to two loops. Hanaoka (1996) and Nishio et al. (1997) interpreted the
FQXi's review of the biggest breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham, with Zeeya Merali, concludes. Find out what takes the top 3 spots.
A well-known link between Conway’s Big Picture and non-commutative geometry is given by the Bost-Connes system. This quantum statistical mechanical system encodes the arithmetic properties of cyclotomic extensions of $ mathbb{Q}$. The corre
They talk about me. Grumpy Rainbow Unicorn.[Image Source.] And I cant blame them. Because nothing else is happening on this planet. Theres just me and my attempt to convince physicists that beauty isnt truth. Yes, I know its not much of an insight th
FQXi's review of the biggest breakthroughs of the year, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham, with Zeeya Merali, continues.
A new proposed solution to the black hole firewall paradox, a new twist in the most famous fluid equations, and why bridges ice over before roads are among this week's physics highlights. The black hole firewall paradox has been vexing...A new propos
When physicists try to describe spacetime and its interactions with matter, the analogy we invariably seem to fall back on involves an elastic sheet, with bowling balls creating curvature on it and marbles orbiting those bowling balls like planets ar
Scientists Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne and Barry Barish won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for their roles creating the LIGO experiment. After being passed up for the honor last year, three scientists who made essential contributions to the LIGO colla