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Video: Copper’s Surprising Reaction to Strong Magnets

This video is fascinating to me. It shows magnetic breaking using a large copper plate and a strong neodymium magnet. The slowing of momentum looks almost supernatural, like something in the Matrix. The large copper plate is not magnetic, but it slows a strong magnet’s movement due to rapidly induced electron movement in the plate … Continue reading

Theory: Before Big Bang, Time Ran Backward in Mirror Universe

Here’s a strange theory: our universe has a mirror image where time runs backwards. If a mirror image of our universe existed before the big bang, it might simplify a lot of things in physics. Like a mountain looming over a calm lake, it seems the universe may once have had a perfect mirror image. … Continue reading

Claim: Cooling Without Energy Consumption

These scientists didn’t break a law of physics, but it appeared so at first. The second law of thermodynamics, one of the fundamental rules of this universe, says that heat can flow by itself only from a warmer to a colder object. Now, however, in the strangest claim I’ve found for this Sunday morning, researchers … Continue reading

Space, the Final Illusion?

The most surprising thing I heard recently, which I believe will prove to be true, is that distance is not real, at least not in the way we think of it. Lee Smolin, a professor of physics, has an impressive article at scientificamerican.com which speculates that space and distance are a certain kind of illusion, … Continue reading

The Largest Known Structure in the Universe

The scale of the universe is mind-boggling. Within that boggle is a strange fact: the largest “structure” we have observed in the universe is so large that it should not exist according to current science. The largest structure (so far as of March 29, 2019) is the “Her-Cr Great Wall”. Why should this sheet-like group … Continue reading

A Rock is a Clock: Physicist Uses Matter to Tell Time

What is stranger than time itself? Have you thought about what time is? Wondering about that since he was a kid growing up in Germany lead Holger Müller to come up with a fundamentally new way to measure time as assistant professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. To accomplish this, he used … Continue reading

Higgs-like particle suggests end to universe

Did you konw that an expanding bubble of nothingness could make the entire earth wink out of existence in an instant? It could, according to physics, but some have calculated the odds are exceedingly low that this will ever happen. Most certainly, nothingness will not engulf the earth in our time. If that is wrong, … Continue reading

Ghost Particles, They’re Here

Nutrinos are real. Science estimates 650 trillion of these subatomic ghost particles move through us at nearly the speed of light ever second. They were created one second after the Big Bang and they interact so weakly with matter that they can pass through light years of solid lead and not even notice.  Why should … Continue reading

New Record: Ant Jaws Move at 200 mph + Spring Powered Cars

A new world record for the fastest moving animal parts has been claimed by an ant. The Dracula ant’s snapping mandibles are used to stun other insects. Is the stored spring energy they use to accomplish this something we could learn from and utilize? The ants use this scary, high-impact motion, which is 5,000 times … Continue reading