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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Perseid Meteors Over China

    08/20/2013 9:20:57 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    NASA ^ | August 21, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Comet dust rained down on planet Earth earlier this month, streaking through dark skies in the annual Perseid meteor shower. While enjoying the anticipated space weather above Zhangbei Prairie, Hebei Province, China, astronomer Xiang Zhan recorded a series of 10 second long exposures spanning four hours on the night of August 12/13 using a wide angle lens. Combining frames which captured 68 meteor flashes, he produced the above composite view of the Perseids of summer. Although the sand-sized comet particles are traveling parallel to each other, the resulting shower meteors clearly seem to radiate from a single point on...
  • New Research Shows the Speed of Light is Variable in Real Space

    03/25/2013 11:27:40 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cleveland Leader ^ | March 25, 2013 1:33pm | Julie Kent
    Two new studies to be published in the European Physical Journal D demonstrate that the speed of light is variable in real space. Textbook explanations of the speed of light assume that light travels in a vacuum, but space is not a vacuum. … It is not expected that the small variation in the speed of light which has been found will affect the universally accepted theories of particle physics and quantum mechanics to a large extent. However, the studies are proof that the speed of light may be variable, and shows that the mathematical treatments that have long been...
  • Warp drive looks more promising than ever in recent NASA studies

    11/24/2012 1:33:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 113 replies
    GizMag ^ | October 3, 2012 | Dr. Brian Dodson
    The first steps towards interstellar travel have been taken, but the stars are very far away. Voyager 1 is about 17 light-hours distant from Earth and is traveling with a velocity of 0.006 percent of light speed, meaning it will take about 17,000 years to travel one light-year. Fortunately, the elusive "warp drive" now appears to be evolving past difficulties with new theoretical advances and a NASA test rig under development to measure artificially generated warping of space-time. The warp drive broke away from being a wholly fictional concept in 1994, when physicist Miguel Alcubierre suggested that faster-than-light (FTL) travel...
  • Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity Get Warp Speed Extension

    10/13/2012 11:15:49 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 59 replies
    Dailytech ^ | October 12, 2012 2:07 PM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    New theory describes faster than light travel, could explain CERN's results Some of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, including Albert Einstein, consider the speed of light a sort of universal "speed limit".  But over the past couple decades physicists theorized that it should be possible to break this law and get away with it -- to travel faster than the speed of light. I. CERN Results Potentially Described One of several possible routes to faster-than-light travel was potentially demonstrated when researchers at CERN, the European physics organization known for maintaining the Large Hadron Collider, sent high-energy particles through the Earth's crust from Geneva, Switzerland...
  • Rick Perry: Let’s Put Troops Back In Iraq ["I would send troops back into Iraq"]

    01/08/2012 1:16:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 173 replies
    TPM ^ | January 7, 2012 | Benjy Sarlin
    Rick Perry established a new gold standard for hawkish foreign policy at Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire. Not only is he mad President Obama withdrew US forces, he wants to put them back on the ground there immediately. “I would send troops back into Iraq,” Rick Perry told a New Hampshire audience at Saturday night’s GOP debate, warning that without yet another military operation in Iraq it would fall under the influence of neighboring Iran. “I think it’s a huge error for us,” he said. “We’re going to see Iran in my opinion, move back in at literally...
  • 2nd test affirms faster-than-light particles

    11/18/2011 11:53:59 AM PST · by TN4Liberty · 105 replies
    CBSnews.com ^ | November 18, 2011 | Brian Vastag
    A second experiment at the European facility that reported subatomic particles zooming faster than the speed of light -- stunning the world of physics -- has reached the same result, scientists said late Thursday. The "positive outcome of the [second] test makes us more confident in the result," said Fernando Ferroni, president of the Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics, in a statement released late Thursday. Ferroni is one of 160 physicists involved in the international collaboration known as OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion Tracking Apparatus) that performed the experiment. While the second experiment "has made an important test of consistency...
  • Warp It!

    05/10/2009 5:46:33 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 24 replies · 948+ views
    One of Star Treks lasting contributions to our cultural consciousness is the idea of faster than light travel. Even after Einstein's general theory of relativity proved that no object could travel faster than the speed of light, the idea that we could one day just zap ourselves to the other side of the galaxy refused to go away. Now, two scientists at Baylor University in the United States believe they have an idea that can turn travelling at the speed of light from science fiction to science, without breaking any rules of physics.
  • 'We have broken speed of light'

    08/16/2007 10:15:43 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 371 replies · 10,437+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 8/16/07 | Nick Fleming
    A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light - an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time. According to Einstein's special theory of relativity, it would require an infinite amount of energy to propel an object at more than 186,000 miles per second. However, Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen, of the University of Koblenz, say they may have breached a key tenet of that theory. The pair say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons - energetic packets of light - travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of...
  • Interstellar travel is just an antimatter of time

    08/08/2004 7:19:06 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 43 replies · 1,100+ views
    sfgate.com ^ | 08/08/04 | Keay Davidson
    "Antimatter men" haunted comic books and TV science-fiction shows such as "Lost in Space" in the 1960s. On the TV show, the fictional Professor Robinson encountered little more than a nonsensical "antimatter" version of himself.
  • NASA'S Ion Engine Records No Tuneups, No Problems

    08/01/2003 7:44:48 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 9 replies · 280+ views
    spacedaily.com ^ | 08/01/03
    The future is here for spacecraft propulsion and the trouble-free engine performance that every vehicle operator would like to see, achieved by an ion engine running for a record 30,352 hours at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.