Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Warping Found

Mad In The Middle: Warping Found: "Warping Found Einstein's Warping Found Around Neutron Stars | LiveScience: 'Einstein's predicted warping of space-time has been discovered around neutron stars, the most dense observable matter in the universe. The warping shows up as smeared lines of iron gas whipping around the stars, University of Michigan and NASA astronomers say. The finding also indicates a size limit for the celestial objects. The same distortions have been spotted around black holes and even around Earth, so while the finding may not be a surprise, it is significant for answering basic questions of physics, said study team member Sudip Bhattacharyya of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and the University of Maryland, College Park...'"

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Out of Body

Or how to visit the void from the preceding post...

BBC NEWS | Health | Out-of-body experience recreated: "Last Updated: Thursday, 23 August 2007, 18:02 GMT 19:02 UK E-mail this to a friend Printable version Out-of-body experience recreated Out of body experience (SPL) Near-death events have triggered out-of-body experiences Experts have found a way to trigger an out-of-body experience in volunteers. The experiments, described in the Science journal, offer a scientific explanation for a phenomenon experienced by one in 10 people..."

No There, There

Astronomers Puzzled by Cosmic Black Hole - The Huffington Post: "WASHINGTON — Astronomers have stumbled upon a tremendous hole in the universe. That's got them scratching their heads about what's just not there. The cosmic blank spot has no stray stars, no galaxies, no sucking black holes, not even mysterious dark matter. It is 1 billion light years across of nothing. That's an expanse of nearly 6 billion trillion miles of emptiness, a University of Minnesota team announced Thursday. Astronomers have known for many years that there are patches in the universe where nobody's home. In fact, one such place is practically a neighbor, a mere 2 million light years away. But what the Minnesota team discovered, using two different types of astronomical observations, is a void that's far bigger than scientists ever imagined..."

Monday, August 06, 2007

Levitation Revealed

The Raw Story | Scientists reveal secret of levitation: "Scientists have discovered a ground-breaking way of levitating ultra small objects, which may revolutionise the design of micro-machines, a new report says.

Physicists said they can create 'incredible levitation effects' by manipulating so-called Casimir force, which normally causes objects to stick together by quantum force..."