Loose Cable May Explain Speedy Neutrinos

Loose cable may explain speedy neutrinos, according to an article in Science vol. 335 p1027 2 March 2012, DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6072.1027. In December 2011 physicists at CERN in Switzerland caused a great stir in the scientific community when they published results of experiments indicating neutrinos could travel faster than the speed of light. As part of […]

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Frog & Insect

Frog Tongue Physics

Frog tongue physics described in reports in Science (AAAS) News 31 January, ScienceDaily 1 February 2017, and Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 20160764 doi: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0764, 1 February 2017. Engineers and biologists at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, have studied how frogs’ tongues function. It is not just enough for the tongue to […]

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Speed of Light Challenge

Speed of light challenge proposed by physicists, according to New Scientist 23 November 2016 and ScienceDaily 25 November 2016. Many theories in physics and cosmology, including Einstein’s theory of relativity, are based on the belief that the speed of light in a vacuum is always constant. In the late 1990’s this assumption was questioned by […]

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Forest Floor

Plant Roots See the Light

Plant roots see the light, according to reports in ScienceDaily 3 November 2016, and Science Signalling, doi: 10.1126/scisignal.aaf6530, 1 November 2016. Light is a source of energy for plants, and is also a stimulus for plants to grow and develop. In order to detect changes in the light environment plants have photoreceptors that detect light […]

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Half-Life Heresy

“Half-Life Heresy” is the heading of an article in New Scientist, 21 Oct 2006, p36. The article refers to studies on the rates of radioactive decay by Prof Claus Rolfs of Ruhr University written up on PhysicsWeb 31 July 2006. The rate of decay of radioactive elements has always been assumed to occur at a […]

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God Particle

God particle found according to reports in ABC Star Stuff, BBC News, ScienceNOW and ScienceDaily (and numerous other media sources) 4 July 2012. Scientists working with the world’s largest, most powerful atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), have found a particle they believe is the long sort-after Higgs boson particle. The name Higgs boson […]

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Artificial Bug Eye

Artificial bug eye made according a report in ScienceNOW 27 April 2006 and Science vol. 312 p557, 28 April 2006. Biophysicists at the University of California, Berkeley have made an artificial compound eye by making a dome of a light sensitive polymer covered with tiny bulges. They then shone ultra-violet light onto the dome so […]

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Big Freeze Theory

Big Freeze theory reported in ScienceDaily 20 August 2012 and ABC News in Science 21 August 2012. The universe is very large, but according to the Big Bang theory it started out very small, which means two incompatible theories need to be unified. James Quach, from the University of Melbourne explained: “On the one hand […]

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Adjustable Focus Glasses

Adjustable focus glasses made, as reported in news@nature and ScienceNOW 3 April 2006. Scientists at the University of Arizona, Tucson, have developed a liquid crystal lens that increases its magnifying power when a small electric current is applied to it. The lens could be used by people who currently need reading glasses or bifocal lenses […]

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Broken Speed of Light

Breaking light’s speed limit described in New Scientist, 18 Aug 2007, p8. Two German physicists have propelled photons (particles of light) across a gap between two prisms at a speed much faster than light – something Einstein’s special theory of relativity claims is impossible. Gunter Nimtz and Alfons Stahlhofen, of the University of Koblenz, were […]

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