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24 October 2011

Quantum Physics is Not Difficult- Brian Cox on BBC Radio 4

I have mentioned before that Brian Cox’s BBC series on the Wonders of the Universe and the Wonders of the Solar System were fantastic programs. For those that did not get to see them, here is a six-minute interview from the BBC Radio 4 Today program this morning. You do not have to be able to do differential equations in your head to understand quantum physics! On the other hand, …

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19 October 2011

Quantum Locking- The future is getting scary!

I spotted this on YouTube today- The quantum world is so different from what we experience everyday but it’s just as real.  Imagine the possibilities with this technology. Our descendants will live in a fantastic world if we do not destroy our home first. Just noticed Greg Laden has this on his exc. blog as well- but it deserves to be spread around the net! Joe Hansen on It’s OK …

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30 September 2011

Sixty Symbols Video On Neutrinos Exceeding Light Speed

I was hoping the folks at Sixty Symbols would do something on this! For those who are intrigued about the biggest scientific mystery of the year, this is a must watch video. Two UK astrophysicists at the Univ. of Nottingham talk about the possibilities, and their reaction to the news that neutrinos might be exceeding light speed. Did you hear about the neutrino supercomputer that finished an infinite loop 3.8 …

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23 September 2011

Astrophysicist Brian Cox Comments On Neutrino Mystery

In case you missed it- this is on the Beeb this evening. Click the image for the audio from BBC Radio 6.    

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Neutrinos Travelling Faster Than Light??

Adrian Cho has a story on Science NOW about the scientists at OPERA in Italy asking for some help. OPERA is studying neutrinos released from CERN and they keep coming up with a result that shows the neutrinos are traveling faster than light! Cho rightly points out that this would be the greatest discovery in physics for a half century, but I think it would rank higher than that. This …

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18 September 2011

Weekend Digest- Hadrons and Asteroids

With all the talk of the hunt for the increasingly elusive Higgs Boson, I ran across a great info graphic that makes some sense of the Standard Model. Click the image to make it much bigger and save it for future reference. It was produced by the Contemporary Physics Education Project and would make a great wall poster in classrooms. I’ve mentioned courses by the Teaching Company before and they …

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22 March 2011

The Mozart of Physics

Astronomer Brian Cox (whose series Wonders of The Universe is currently airing on BBC Two) has presented a great program on Richard Feynman. It’s available for the next 6 days on BBC Radio 4.

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16 March 2011

Updated Radiation Trajectory for Fukushima

Here is the most recent trajectory forecast for air above the damaged nuclear plant in Japan. The model guidance continues to indicate an offshore flow for the next 48 hours. Experts in the USA are recommending that folks within 75 km of the plant move outside that zone. Will update these a couple of times a day as long as the situation warrants…

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15 March 2011

Radiation from Coal vs Nuclear Plants

I’ve had several emails about my post last night and specifically about the fact that that coal fired power plants produce more radiation than nuclear power stations. I did some research and found a very good article in Scientific American on just this subject. They actually used Tennessee and Alabama for the examples used in the study. Coal ash has been in the news a lot recently with the huge …

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False Radiation Rumors Run Rampant

Whoever put this map out should face criminal charges IMHO There is no doubt that what is happening at the Fukushima Nuclear plant in Japan is alarming. I’ve even seen reliable reports that one of the containment vessels may have been damaged in an explosion early Tuesday, Japan time.  Unfortunately, some people are taking advantage of most people’s lack of any rudimentary knowledge about nuclear power to spread fear. There’s …

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