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  • Astronomers Discover New Galaxy That Is 99.99% Dark Matter

    08/25/2016 10:16:17 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 39 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 8/25/16 | Avery Thompson
    Astronomers Discover New Galaxy That Is 99.99% Dark Matter ​Scientists hope this new galaxy could help uncover the truth about dark matter. NASA 149 A team of astronomers at the Keck Observatory in Maunakea, Hawaii, have discovered a massive galaxy made of 99.99 percent dark matter.The galaxy, called Dragonfly 44, is part of a collection of galaxies discovered a year ago by the same team. These galaxies are the same size and shape of regular galaxies, but contain far fewer stars. And now we know why: they're made almost entirely of dark matter. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Mysterious Origins...
  • Black Lives Matter Activist SHOT DEAD After Breaking Into St. Louis Police Officer’s Home

    07/10/2016 7:11:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 7/10/16 | Black Lives Matter Activist SHOT DEAD After Breaking Into St. Louis Police Officer’s Home Jim Hoft
    Tyler Gebhard was killed Saturday in St. Louis after trying to break into a police officer’s home. Gebhard had argued with the cop about Black Lives Matter on Facebook. The unidentified cop and Gebhard knew each other through church. Tyler Gebhard was 20 years old. He was shot after he threatened the officer’s wife after she wouldn’t let him in the home and threw a planter through the window. StL Today reported: A former Affton High School football standout forced his way into a South County home and was shot and killed by an off-duty officer inside after a Facebook...
  • Leftist pastor behind Dallas Black Lives Matter protest wrote of becoming Muslim

    07/09/2016 11:51:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/9/16 | Robert Spencer
    The hard-Left Islamochristian “Rev.” Jeff Hood wrote this in November 2015: When Jesus bound his body and ultimately became the stranger in Matthew 25:35, he left no doubt that he was calling us to do the same. Since the Paris attacks, Muslims have been strangerized over and over. From calls for registration to violent language around refugees, the rhetoric has grown worse and worse with every day. Jesus is bound to the stranger. Jesus becomes the stranger. In our Islamophobic society, I have no question that Jesus is so intimately incarnated with and connected to our Muslim friends that he...
  • Christians urged to embrace 'powerful' Black Lives Matter movement [The New Christianity]

    04/02/2016 7:04:39 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 56 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/2/2016 | Leo Hohmann
    A speaker at an evangelical Christian college urged students to accept the views of Black Lives Matter and consider themselves as having benefited from white privilege while looking to the Palestinians for inspiration in how to get along with one’s adversaries. The Rev. Christena Cleveland, a social psychologist who teaches at Duke University School of Divinity and authored the book "Disunity in Christ," brought a message of reconciliation and "love without exception" to Biola University in Los Angeles last week. At a conference titled "Love No Matter What: Politics, Sex, Race and the Way of the Cross," Cleveland touted the...
  • Lesson in hate for high schooler who criticized Black Lives Matter

    03/29/2016 3:24:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/29/16 | Perry Chiarmonte
    A Philadelphia high school journalist who took on Black Lives Matter in a column for the school paper, only to be driven into home-schooling, says his torment didn't end when he withdrew. It was just before Christmas break when 17-year-old University of Pennsylvania-bound Michael Moroz wrote an opinion piece for the Central High school paper, the Centralizer. In it, he criticized the racially charged University of Missouri protests at the time and suggested that Michael Brown, the black teenager killed in 2014 by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., was "a delinquent" who was "at worst, justifiably killed, and...
  • I Criticized Black Lives Matter...And Got Death Threats [Resurrecting Rome]

    01/27/2016 10:18:44 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 1/27/2016 | Michael Moroz
    "If anyone wants to see a case study of the puerile politically correct campus culture that pervades modern colleges, they need only look at the incredible overreaction at the University of Missouri." I wrote that sentence a few weeks ago, without any idea the article it introduced would initiate a firestorm of censorship, death threats, and intimidation. As managing editor of my high school newspaper, The Centralizer of Central High School in Philadelphia, I’ve always been concerned with the issue of censorship and free speech on campus. As I’ve learned from the past few weeks, the culture of micro-aggressions, safe...
  • Whose Lives Matter?

    12/17/2015 1:07:11 PM PST · by MosesKnows · 4 replies
    12/17/2015 | MosesKnows
    Lives Matter I am expressing this opinion because of what I read about a group that calls themselves "Black Lives Matter". My first awareness of the group or movement was when there were reports of suspending a college or university educator for saying "All Lives Matter", which I assumed was offered as an improvement. If "All Lives Matter" were not an improvement what would be an improvement? Peoples' Lives Matter, Human Lives Matter, Babies' Lives Matter, Educators' Lives Matter, Soldiers' Lives Matter, etc. I have a challenge for anyone interested. The challenge is to improve on this thought; Lives Matter....
  • Police make arrests, issue citations after incident in Downtown Pittsburgh (BLM Strikes Again!)

    12/17/2015 6:51:55 AM PST · by Buckeye McFrog · 13 replies
    WPXI.com ^ | December 16, 2015 | uncredited
    PITTSBURGH — Channel 11 News has learned that several people were arrested or issued citations after an incident in downtown Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon. According to Port Authority spokesman Adam Brandolph, the incident started in the Wood Street T Station around 3:30 p.m. Brandolph said two Port Authority police officers "attempted to identify a Brashear High School student who was tampering with escalator equipment when the student kicked them." According to Brandolph, four other people attempted to intervene in the initial arrest. He now appears to be in bigger trouble than any of those who were apprehended. One adult was taken...
  • Core Concept: Atom interferometry (May help scientists figure out what dark matter is, etc.)

    10/08/2015 6:26:20 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies
    PNAS ^ | Oct 2015 | Maggie McKee
    Sometimes you have to think outside the box. Faced with some of the universe’s most stubborn mysteries, such as the identity of dark matter, physicists are turning to a technique that employs the weird laws of quantum mechanics: atom interferometry. Atom interferometers allow the study of various physical phenomena by splitting atom waves using a nanograting, such as this one. Composed of silicon nitride, this grating, imaged with a scanning electron microscope, has a period of 100 nm. Image courtesy of Alex Cronin (University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ). This method, which takes advantage of the fact that quantum particles behave...
  • The Case for Complex Dark Matter

    08/20/2015 7:50:41 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 30 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 8/20/15 | Liz Kruesi
    The Case for Complex Dark Matter The physicist James Bullock explains how a complicated “dark sector” of interacting particles may illuminate some puzzling observations of the centers of galaxies. Jonathan Alcorn for Quanta MagazineJames Bullock, a physicist at the University of California, Irvine, imagines what the universe would look like if dark matter interacted with itself. By: Liz KruesiAugust 20, 2015 Dark matter — the unseen 80 percent of the universe’s mass — doesn’t emit, absorb or reflect light. Astronomers know it exists only because it interacts with our slice of the ordinary universe through gravity. Hence the hunt for this...
  • Unborn Lives Matter

    08/02/2015 9:46:18 PM PDT · by AncientAirs · 10 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 3 August 2015 | Robert Royal
    We – every one of us – has to up the game now, pull in that reluctant friend, make someone who wants to avert his gaze face what’s going on. No euphemisms. No excuses. No no-shows. A society that allows – underwrites with tax dollars – an outfit like PP has let the barbarians inside the gates. Our president, a cheerleader for this barbarism, has asked God to bless PP.
  • Scientists have discovered a new state of matter, called 'Jahn-Teller metals'

    07/25/2015 6:00:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Science Alert ^ | May 12, 2015 | Bec Crew
    And it could be the key to understanding one of the biggest mysteries in physics today - high-temperature superconductors.An international team of scientists has announced the discovery of a new state of matter in a material that appears to be an insulator, superconductor, metal and magnet all rolled into one, saying that it could lead to the development of more effective high-temperature superconductors. Why is this so exciting? Well, if these properties are confirmed, this new state of matter will allow scientists to better understand why some materials have the potential to achieve superconductivity at a relativity high critical temperature...
  • This Strange Metal Might Be the Newest State of Matter

    05/14/2015 10:48:49 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 38 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | 12 may 2015 | John Wenz
    Researchers at Japan's Tohoku University are making a bold claim: an entirely new state of matter. The team, led by Kosmas Prassides, says they've created what's called a Jahn-Teller metal by inserting rubidium, a strange alkali metal element, into buckyballs, a pure carbon structure which has a spherical shape from a series of interlocking polygons (think of the Epcot Center, but in microscopic size.) Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Buckyballs, which are somewhat related to other supermaterials like graphene and carbon nanotubes, are already known for their superconductive capabilities. Here, while combining buckyballs and rubidium, the researchers created a...
  • Can Matter Be Eternal and Created at the Same Time?

    04/13/2015 2:37:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 13, 2015 | WILLIAM E. CARROLL
    Does it matter whether or not matter is eternal? Peter J. Leithart, who writes a regular blog on the web site of First Things, definitely thinks it does. According to Leithart , who is a Protestant theologian in the Reformed Presbyterian tradition in the United States, if matter is eternal, "creation can only be control, limitation, ordering." Then God could only be a master craftsman, working with already existing material to form the universe. If matter is eternal, "creation cannot be a gift; . . . cannot be the bestowal of existence, a grant of being." Finally, if matter is...
  • In theory, the Milky Way could be a 'galactic transport system' (it could be a huge wormhole!)

    01/22/2015 2:13:28 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 1/21/15 | Source: Sissa Medialab
    Based on the latest evidence and theories our galaxy could be a huge wormhole (or space-time tunnel, have you seen the movie "Interstellar?") and, if that were true, it would be "stable and navigable." This is the hypothesis put forward in a study published in Annals of Physics and conducted with the participation of SISSA in Trieste. The paper, the result of a collaboration between Indian, Italian and North American researchers, prompts scientists to re-think dark matter. "If we combine the map of the dark matter in the Milky Way with the most recent Big Bang model to explain the...
  • Physicists Resurrect an Old, ‘Strange’ Dark Matter Theory

    11/05/2014 5:04:12 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 43 replies
    Vice Motherboard ^ | 11/5/14 | Michael Byrne
    Physicists Resurrect an Old, ‘Strange’ Dark Matter Theory Written by Michael Byrne Editor November 5, 2014 // 09:15 AM EST Dark matter might not be nearly as exotic as most theories about the stuff suggest. Instead, it could be macroscopic clumps of material formed from common particles already found within the Standard Model of particle physics. This argument comes courtesy of physicists at Case Western University, as presented in a new paper posted to the arXiv pre-print server. Dark matter is usually thought of in terms of exotic, so-far undiscovered particles. The leading candidates are known as weakly interacting massive particles,...
  • New Particle Is Both Matter and Antimatter

    10/03/2014 12:14:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    scientificamerican.com ^ | Oct 2, 2014 | |By Clara Moskowitz
    The new Majorana particle showed up inside a superconductor, a material in which the free movement of electrons allows electricity to flow without resistance. The research team, led by Ali Yazdani of Princeton University, placed a long chain of iron atoms, which are magnetic, on top of a superconductor made of lead. Normally, magnetism disrupts superconductors, which depend on a lack of magnetic fields for their electrons to flow unimpeded. But in this case the magnetic chain turned into a special type of superconductor in which electrons next to one another in the chain coordinated their spins to simultaneously satisfy...
  • Harry Reid's Alma Matter dumps His Name From Building

    08/29/2014 11:15:03 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller via Yahoo.com ^ | August 29, 2014 | Daily Caller Staff
    Harry Reid’s alma matter is removing his name from a school building after citizens and alumni lobbied the school president and pledged more than $40,000 to the cause. Concerned citizens lobbied Southern Utah University president Scott Wyatt months ago for the change, but he has only now decided to remove the name out of respect for the Senate majority leader, Utah’s The Spectrum reports. “I didn’t want to offend him in any way,” he explained. Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens told The Specter he received $40,000 in pledges to remove the Nevada senator’s name in just five days. “These people...
  • White House spokesman says investigation in Solis matter is ongoing

    07/16/2014 7:49:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/16/14 | Abby Sewell
    A White House spokesman said Wednesday that there is an "ongoing law enforcement investigation" related to a recording released earlier in the day by a Republican congressman who alleged it showed improper fundraising activity by former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis -- now a Los Angeles County supervisor-elect. The comment by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at a press briefing was the first public confirmation by the administration of the existence of such an investigation. Earnest noted that the investigation had been reported on in January. The Times first reported the federal investigation into Solis´ activities at that time,
  • Scientists discover how to turn light into matter after 80-year quest

    05/19/2014 3:08:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Physics ^ | 5/18/2014
    Imperial College London physicists have discovered how to create matter from light - a feat thought impossible when the idea was first theorised 80 years ago. In just one day over several cups of coffee in a tiny office in Imperial's Blackett Physics Laboratory, three physicists worked out a relatively simple way to physically prove a theory first devised by scientists Breit and Wheeler in 1934.Breit and Wheeler suggested that it should be possible to turn light into matter by smashing together only two particles of light (photons), to create an electron and a positron – the simplest method of...
  • BREAKING: Media Matters Chief David Brock Admits to Working with Media Outlets on Stories (Video)

    04/27/2014 11:54:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Gateway Pundit | 4/27/14 | Kristinn Taylor and Jim Hoft
    This morning on CNN’s Reliable Sources Brian Stelter asked David Brock, founder of Media Matters for America, how his group operates both independently and collaboratively with other journalists and media watchers.Last Sunday former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson told CNN’s Reliable Sources that far left Media Matters helped produce news reports for CBS News. They used to work with me on stories and tried to help me produce my stories, and at some point –“ Attkisson also said CBS blocked several of her reports.David Brock, chairman of the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt group Media Matters for America and self-described “Democratic political activist”, did...
  • Nobel Conference 49: The Universe at Its Limits (LIVE)

    10/01/2013 8:59:47 AM PDT · by LibWhacker
    YouTube ^ | 10/1/13
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxudNp9Iz9o
  • Scientists create never-before-seen form of matter (light sabers, anyone?)

    09/25/2013 3:40:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 42 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 9/25/13
    Scientists create never-before-seen form of matter Photons with strong mutual attraction in a quantum nonlinear medium. Harvard and MIT scientists are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn't need to go to a galaxy far, far away to do it. Working with colleagues at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms, a group led by Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin and MIT Professor of Physics Vladan Vuletic have managed to coax photons into binding together to form molecules – a state of matter that, until recently, had been purely theoretical. The work is described in a September 25...
  • Simple theory may explain mysterious dark matter, physicists say

    06/11/2013 4:12:59 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Science Recorder ^ | 6/11/13 | James Fluere
    One physicist says he likes this theory because of “its simplicity, uniqueness and the fact that it can be tested.”Theoretical physicists at Vanderbilt University contend that a simply theory may explain mysterious dark matter. They propose that most of the matter in the universe may be constructed of particles that have an abnormal, donut-shaped electromagnetic field known as an anapole. According to a news release from Vanderbilt University, Professor Robert Scherrer and post-doctoral fellow Chiu Man Ho carried out an in-depth analysis to determine the validity of this theory. Scherrer points out that he likes this theory because of “its...
  • Potential Dark Matter Discovery a Win for Space Station Science

    04/04/2013 12:52:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | 4/4/13
    Potential Dark Matter Discovery a Win for Space Station Science April 04, 2013; 7:56 AM If nature is kind, the first detection of dark matter might be credited to the International Space Station soon. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment hangs on the side of the International Space Station, July 12, 2011. CREDIT: NASAToday (April 3), researchers announced the first science results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), a $2 billion cosmic-ray particle detector mounted on the exterior of the football-field-size International Space Station. The instrument has observed a striking pattern of antimatter particles called positrons that may turn out to...
  • Powers of Ten

    12/22/2012 7:36:08 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    YouTube ^ | Charles and Ray Eames
    Video at this LINK
  • American Accelerator's Last Hurrah: 99.8% Certainty God Particle is Found

    07/05/2012 8:30:21 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 42 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | July 3, 2012 7:58 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Tevatron presents strong evidence Higgs boson was observed, but LHC needed to provide final verificationTomorrow, while America celebrates July 4, mankind worldwide may celebrate a separate momentous event -- the discovery of the legendary Higgs boson. I. Riding Into the Sunset -- Tevatron Goes Out With a Bang The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) will tomorrow hold a special press conference at 9 a.m.  The event will provide an update to the world on the progress in the search for the critical particle using the Large Hadron Collider, the largest and most expensive laboratory apparatus in history.  Many physicists...
  • Is Dark Matter a Glimpse of a Deeper Level of Reality?

    06/13/2012 11:11:54 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 90 replies
    Scientific American ^ | 6/11/12 | George Musser
    Two years ago several of my Sci Am colleagues and I had an intense email exchange over a period of weeks, trying to figure out what to make of a new paper by string theorist Erik Verlinde. I don’t think I’ve ever been so flummoxed by physicists’ reactions to a paper. Mathematically it could hardly have been simpler—the level of middle-school algebra for the most part. Logically and physically, it was a head-hurter. I couldn’t decide whether it was profound or trite. The theorists we consulted said they couldn’t follow it, which we took as a polite way of saying...
  • Landmark calculation clears the way to answering how matter is formed

    05/28/2012 12:11:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    phys.org ^ | May 25, 2012 | Cindy Weiss
    May 25, 2012 By Cindy Weiss EnlargeThomas C. Blum, Associate Professor, Physics. Credit: Daniel Buttrey/UConn (Phys.org) -- An international collaboration of scientists, including Thomas Blum, associate professor of physics, is reporting in landmark detail the decay process of a subatomic particle called a kaon – information that may help answer fundamental questions about how the universe began. Ads by GoogleSix Sigma — Black Belt - Get Trained & Six Sigma Certified. Flexible, Top Program 100% online. - www.VillanovaU.com/SixSigmaThe research, reported online in the March 30, 2012 Physical Review Letters, used breakthrough techniques on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers to...
  • Physicists find patterns in new state of matter

    03/29/2012 4:45:02 PM PDT · by U-238 · 20 replies
    Physorg.com ^ | 3/29/2012 | Physorg.com
    In a paper published in the March 29 issue of the journal Nature, the scientists describe the emergence of “spontaneous coherence,” “spin textures” and “phase singularities” when excitons—the bound pairs of electrons and holes that determine the optical properties of semiconductors and enable them to function as novel optoelectronic devices—are cooled to near absolute zero. This cooling leads to the spontaneous production of a new coherent state of matter which the physicists were finally able to measure in great detail in their basement laboratory at UC San Diego at a temperature of only one-tenth of a degree above absolute zero....
  • NASA Probe Discovers 'Alien' Matter From Beyond Our Solar System (4 types of alien atoms)

    01/31/2012 2:13:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | 1/31/12 | Denise Chow
    NASA / GSFC: Using the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), NASA has sampled the galactic wind that has traveled from outside our solar system. Four types of atoms were found to be different from what we have in our Solar System.
  • Galaxies are running out of gas: study

    08/22/2011 6:34:56 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | 08-22-2011 | Provided by CSIRO
    A new study has shown why the lights are going out in the Universe. The Universe forms fewer stars than it used to, and a CSIRO study has now shown why - the galaxies are running out of gas. Dr Robert Braun (CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science) and his colleagues used CSIRO’s Mopra radio telescope near Coonabarabran, NSW, to study far-off galaxies and compare them with nearby ones. Light (and radio waves) from the distant galaxies has taken time to travel to us, so we see the galaxies as they were between three and five billion years ago. Galaxies at...
  • Could "Mirror Matter" Be the Hidden Mass that Holds the Universe Together?

    08/03/2011 5:15:38 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    If dark matter exists it may take the form of mirror planets, mirror stars and mirror galaxies. Now one physicist says the most recent evidence seems to confirm this idea. When astronomers study distant galaxies, they see only a small fraction of the mass needed to hold these clumps of stars together. Without some kind of extra hidden mass, galaxies ought to fly apart. Astronomers call this hidden mass 'dark matter' and physicists around the world are engaged in an increasingly desperate race to find evidence of it here on Earth. The main possible candidates include MACHOS and WIMPS, but...
  • Circumcision-hatred: It was only a matter of time

    06/04/2011 11:39:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 153 replies · 1+ views
    hot air ^ | 6/4/11 | J.E. Dyer
    You have to wonder very seriously if these people are insane. The San Diego-based group that is laboring to get circumcision banned in San Francisco has perpetrated a comic book. In it, a superhero named Foreskin Man saves a baby boy from being circumcised by the evil Monster Mohel, a vicious-looking Orthodox Jewish rabbi who could have been drawn by an acolyte of Joseph Goebbels. Indeed, Foreskin Man has a distinctly Hitlerian “Aryan” look to him. It’s crystal clear from the dialogue that the perpetrator of this literary opus intends to depict the Judaic religious view of circumcision as evil...
  • Dark matter could provide heat for starless planets

    04/02/2011 6:24:09 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 4/1/11 | Deborah Braconnier
    (PhysOrg.com) -- In a resent paper posted at arXiv.org and submitted to Astrophysical Journal, Dan Hooper and Jason Steffen, physicists at Fermilab in Illinois, present the theory that cold and dark planets, not heated by a star, could be heated by dark matter. In theory, this dark matter could produce habitable planets outside of what is known as a habitable zone. While no one knows exactly what dark matter is, it is believed to make up about 83 percent of the universe. The most accepted theory is this dark matter is made up of what are called WIMPs, or weakly...
  • Matter/Antimatter from the Vacuum

    12/10/2010 2:37:31 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 12/10/10 | Paul Gilster
    Matter/Antimatter from the Vacuum by Paul Gilster on December 10, 2010 New work at the University of Michigan, now written up in Physical Review Letters, discusses the possibility of producing matter and antimatter from the vacuum. The idea is that a high-energy electron beam combined with an intense laser pulse can pull matter and antimatter components out of the vacuum, creating a cascade of additional particles and anti-particles. UM Engineering research scientist Igor Sokolov has this to say about the theoretical study: “We can now calculate how, from a single electron, several hundred particles can be produced. We believe...
  • A Costly Quest for the Dark Heart of the Cosmos

    11/17/2010 11:44:54 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 2 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 11/16/10 | Dennis Overbye
    After 16 years and $1.5 billion of other people’s money, it is almost showtime for NASA and Sam Ting. Sitting and being fussed over by technicians in a clean room at the Kennedy Space Center in preparation for a February launching — and looking for all the world like a giant corrugated rain barrel — is an eight-ton assemblage of magnets, wires, iron, aluminum, silicon and electronics that is one of the most ambitious and complicated experiments ever to set out for space. The experiment, if it succeeds, could help NASA take a giant step toward answering the question of...
  • Why Radicals Matter

    05/28/2010 4:58:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 311+ views
    ibd ^ | 5/28/10 | editor
    Statism: Like that of termites, the full damage from suit-and-tie radicals manifests years after their "reforms." Only now, for example, are we seeing the devastation caused by the last Oval Office infestation. Like Barack Obama, Bill Clinton also campaigned as a moderate. Once elected, however, he surrounded himself with some of the most radical leftists ever appointed to the Cabinet. (Many of them have re-enlisted with this administration.) Behind the scenes, they worked furiously to undermine the system. And now, decades later, we're seeing the results. Clinton's policies — not just his unethical conduct — were recipes for disaster.
  • A New Clue to Explain Existence

    05/17/2010 10:08:26 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 13 replies · 624+ views
    NY Times ^ | 05/17/10 | Dennis Overbye
    Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are reporting that they have discovered a new clue that could help unravel one of the biggest mysteries of cosmology: why the universe is composed of matter and not its evil-twin opposite, antimatter. If confirmed, the finding portends fundamental discoveries at the new Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, as well as a possible explanation for our own existence.
  • H2356-309: X-ray Discovery Points to Location of Missing Matter (Chandra finds WHIM)

    05/11/2010 7:25:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 608+ views
    Scientists have used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton to detect a vast reservoir of gas lying along a wall-shaped structure of galaxies about 400 million light years from Earth. In this artist's impression, a close-up view of the so-called Sculptor Wall is depicted. Spiral and elliptical galaxies are shown in the wall along with the newly detected intergalactic gas, part of the so-called Warm Hot Intergalactic Medium (WHIM), shown in blue. This discovery is the strongest evidence yet that the "missing matter" in the nearby Universe is located in an enormous web of hot, diffuse gas. The X-ray...
  • Light Bends Matter, Surprising Scientists

    03/25/2010 10:57:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1,155+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 24 March 2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    After 72 hours of exposure to ambient light, strands of nanoparticles twisted and bunched together. Credit: Nicholas Kotov Light can twist matter, according to a new study that observed ribbons of nanoparticles twisting in response to light. Scientists knew matter can cause light to bend – prisms and glasses prove this easily enough. But the reverse phenomenon was not shown to occur until recently. The researchers assembled strings of nanoparticles, which are tiny clumps of matter on the scale of nanometers (one nanometer is one billionth of a meter). In a darkened lab, the scientists linked nanoparticles together into...
  • Harsanyi: Does process matter? Actually, in the case of health care, it matters a lot

    03/19/2010 3:59:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 187+ views
    denver post ^ | 3/19/10 | David Harsanyi
    The Democratic Party believes so deeply in the will of the American people that it may courageously not vote on a bill that it couldn't pass. It was The Washington Post that recently compressed the absurdities of the Democrats' plan to control your health care into a single amusing headline: "House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it." For the typical American, this may sound counterintuitive — or perhaps inconceivable — but, as Democrats continue to display a creative knack for legislative swindling, a question has emerged: Are voters, by and large, concerned about the "process,"...
  • Does the Vaccine Matter?

    10/18/2009 2:21:43 AM PDT · by Grumpybutt · 19 replies · 876+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | November 2009 | Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer
    Vaccination is central to the government’s plan for preventing deaths from swine flu. The CDC has recommended that some 159 million adults and children receive either a swine flu shot or a dose of MedImmune’s nasal vaccine this year. Shots are offered in doctors’ offices, hospitals, airports, pharmacies, schools, polling places, shopping malls, and big-box stores like Wal-Mart. In August, New York state required all health-care workers to get both seasonal and swine flu shots. To further protect the populace, the federal government has spent upwards of $3billion stockpiling millions of doses of antiviral drugs like Tamiflu—which are being used...
  • Scientists Claim New State of Matter Created

    07/29/2009 10:02:36 AM PDT · by Westlander · 7 replies · 563+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 7-29-2009 | LiveScience Staff
    Scientists claim to have created a form of aluminum that's nearly transparent to extreme ultraviolet radiation and which is a new state of matter. It's an idea straight out of science fiction, featured in the movie "Star Trek IV." Fusion is a dream of scientists who would create cheap and plentiful power by fusing atoms together, as opposed to nuclear fission that generates electricity today.
  • Was Universe 1.0 Destroyed by Dark Matter?

    07/07/2009 1:06:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies · 1,851+ views
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 7/07/09
    Did dark matter destroy the universe? You might be looking around at the way things "exist" and thinking "No", but we're talking about ancient history. Three hundred million years after the start of the universe, things had finally cooled down enough to form hydrogen atoms out of all the protons and electrons that were zipping around - only to have them all ripped up again around the one billion year mark. Why? Most believe that the first quasars, active galaxies whose central black holes are the cosmic-ray equivalent of a firehose, provided the breakup energy, but some Fermilab scientists have...
  • Is It a Gas, Fluid, Solid, or All of the Above?

    03/19/2009 9:02:55 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 853+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 18 March 2009 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge ImageSolid evidence? An ultracold gas of rubidium atoms shows a crystalline-like arrangement of magnetic regions, making a possible supersolid material. Credit: M. Vengalattore et al., arXiv.org (24 January 2009) PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA--Five years ago, researchers in the United States saw the first evidence of a "supersolid," a bizarre state of matter in which crystals of ultracold helium could flow like a liquid without viscosity. But the evidence for supersolidity in helium has not been ironclad. Now, there is a new contender for the supersolidity claim. At the American Physical Society meeting here today, Dan Stamper-Kurn, a physicist at the...
  • Did Dark Matter Power Early Stars?

    01/02/2009 11:46:33 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 36 replies · 616+ views
    Universe Today ^ | 1/02/09 | Nancy Atkinson
    The first stars to light the early universe may have been powered by dark matter, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Michagan, Ann Arbor call these very first stars "Dark Stars," and propose that dark matter heating provided the energy for these stars instead of fusion. The researchers propose that with a high concentration of dark matter in the early Universe, the theoretical particles called Weakly Interacting Massive Particles(WIMPs), collected inside the first stars and annihilated themselves to produce a heat source to power the stars. "We studied the behavior of WIMPs in the first stars,"...
  • The Origins of the Universe: A Crash Course

    09/12/2008 10:07:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 814+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 12, 2008 | BRIAN GREENE
    THREE hundred feet below the outskirts of Geneva lies part of a 17-mile-long tubular track, circling its way across the French border and back again, whose interior is so pristine and whose nearly 10,000 surrounding magnets so frigid, that it’s one of the emptiest and coldest regions of space in the solar system. The track is part of the Large Hadron Collider, a technological marvel built by physicists and engineers, and described alternatively as heralding the next revolution in our understanding of the universe or, less felicitously, as a doomsday machine that may destroy the planet. After more than a...
  • Missing matter found in deep space

    05/20/2008 3:17:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 176+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/08 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Astronomers have found some matter that had been missing in deep space and say it is strung along web-like filaments that form the backbone of the universe. The ethereal strands of hydrogen and oxygen atoms could account for up to half the matter that scientists knew must be there but simply could not see, the researchers reported on Tuesday. Scientists have long known there is far more matter in the universe than can be accounted for by visible galaxies and stars. Not only is there invisible baryonic matter -- the protons and neutrons that make up atoms...
  • Piece of Missing Cosmic Matter Found

    05/12/2008 7:05:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies · 155+ views
    Space.com on Yahoo ^ | 5/12/08 | Andrea Thompson
    Astronomers have found a piece of the universe's puzzle that's been missing for awhile: a type of extremely hot, dense matter that is all but invisible to us. Engaging in something like cosmic accounting, astronomers have tried to balance the scant amount of matter that has been directly observed with the vast amount that remains unobserved directly. The latter constitutes about 90 percent of the universe's matter. Galaxies, the stars within them, the planet we live on and the chairs we sit on are made up of normal matter — the protons, electrons and neutrons that are collectively called baryons....