Posts filed under “Science”

Gravity may have saved the universe


Source: Phys.org

From Phys.org:

New research by a team of European physicists could explain why the universe did not collapse immediately after the Big Bang.

Studies of the Higgs particle – discovered at CERN in 2012 and responsible for giving mass to all particles – have suggested that the production of Higgs particles during the accelerating expansion of the very early universe (inflation) should have led to instability and collapse.

Scientists have been trying to find out why this didn’t happen, leading to theories that there must be some new physics that will help explain the origins of the universe that has not yet been discovered. Physicists from Imperial College London, and the Universities of Copenhagen and Helsinki, however, believe there is a simpler explanation.

In a new study in Physical Review Letters, the team describe how the spacetime curvature – in effect, gravity – provided the stability needed for the universe to survive expansion in that early period. The team investigated the interaction between the Higgs particles and gravity, taking into account how it would vary with energy.

Category: Digital Media, Science

Something’s just not right…

Source: Conde Nast

Category: Humor, Science

Americans Don’t Know Much About Science

Hey Dummy! You I am talkin at:   Source: Pew Research    

Category: Really, really bad calls, Science

Should You Vaccinate Your Child?

Source: Flowing Data

Category: Digital Media, Really, really bad calls, Science

Love Letters to Richard Dawkins (NSFW)

A little counter-programming for those of you not watching the big game: In a candid moment, filmmaker Eric Preston, founder and producer at Fusion Films, rolls his camera as Dr. Richard Dawkins – Author, Professor and Evolutionary Biologist – again reads “fan mail” he has received from some of his not-so-great admirers. (Parental Discretion is…Read More

Category: Humor, Really, really bad calls, Science, Weekend

Ring System 200X Saturn’s Discovered 430 Light Years Away

A ring system circling a young giant planet about 430 light years from Earth is 200 times the size of Saturn’s rings, scientists have discovered. WSJ’s Monika Auger reports.

Category: Science, Video

Biohacking with Nootropics

Smart Drugs

via CNN/Money

Category: Science, Video

Both Sides of the Brain (Updated)

Source: Dr. C Daniels ~~~ UPDATE: 1/25/15 Here is the latest scientific thinking, countering the older “left right” analysis:

Category: Psychology, Science

North America’s Geological History

Source: Wikimedia via Know More

Category: Digital Media, Science

Kids “inherit” nostalgia for their parents’ music

Source: Priceonomics h/t Know More

Category: Music, Science