Posts Tagged With: Physics

She Blinded Me With Science…

By:Rachel Womek

…As the song, By Thomas Dolby goes.

 

I am sitting here, another victim of the common cold, congested, sinus pressure, the works; yet I can’t help but be amazed at the richness and mystery of the Universe. The beauty discovered every day, and the excitement of new things to be discovered. As they say in Star Trek: Space really IS the Final Frontier. It is amazing how truly poetic reality, or the reality of our perceptions, can be. From the orbit of electrons around the nucleus of an atom to the orbit of the planets around our dwarf star, matter and energy dancing through a potentially infinite Universe. Scientific laws give me great comfort; they are the most certain knowledge we can have of the physical word.Though we must admit that even certain knowledge is not certain. Einstein Said: “No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.”  The Conservation Laws are my favorite. Matter and Energy can neither be created nor destroyed only changed in form. It is quite beautiful to me that matter that makes me up will continue to exist and form new and exciting things long after I’m gone such as meteors, planets, new life perhaps, stars. Stardust to stardust.

To me  scientists are artists. When I am talking about scientists I mean however, True Scientists, people who have a desire and need to Discover simply for the joy and satisfaction of doing so.

 

I could go on, ad nauseam, however sometimes it is best to let others, more eloquent and well versed to speak on that which they know best. Here is a lovely lecture on the shape of the Universe and its implications by Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss. Enjoy.

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Neutrino Nerdgasm, Political Coverage Overdose and a Happy Revolutionary Anniversary to Egypt

By Kiki Keane and Rachel Womek

We have been dealing with a large consumption of Political news and analysis in the last month. First the GOP debates and then last nights State of the Union. So, we have been glad to see that their has been some other stories on the news. Stories which we feel are not getting the attention they deserve. Though, admittedly one of the following has more copy space than the other…

According to the BBC, Cern has confirmed that their Neutrino experiments have yielded some very exciting results!!!! The neutrinos were recorded at traveling 60 billionths per second faster speed than the speed of light!!!! The understanding is that this can only be achieved by the particle entering into another dimension or dimensions apart from the four that we are familiar with. That is to say three dimensions of space and one dimension of time. Super string theory has predicted the existence of such dimensions; tiny curled up dimensions not readily observed by the senses yet present nonetheless. Now it looks like there may be some physical support for these theories! This a great time for Science! Break out the bubbly!

Today is also the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, which toppled Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. What a momentous event, not just for Egypt, but for the world. There have been celebrations around the country. However, while many celebrate, others protest, questioning the direction the country is going in, or if it has changed direction at all. This is a fascinating story that will no doubt continue to impact the world.

A nod to the intellectual and the liberated amongst us. We are hoping to see more stories such as this, celebrating the beauty in human existence. For now we’ll say goodnight…slumber is calling.

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