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New Quantum Hard Drive Stores Light Pulses

Isn’t it strange that light itself has been stopped, that it was captured in a cold cloud in Australia in 2016? Further progress has been made and now in 2018 captured light has been used to make a sort of hard drive. This new AMU experiment made use of a light trap by firing an … Continue reading

The Strongest Material In the Universe: Nuclear Pasta?

Fans of the Flying Spaghetti Monster may be glad to hear that there is a new candidate for the strongest material in the Universe: nuclear pasta inside neutron stars. This idea comes from a simulation, but leads to expectations scientists may one day experimentally confirm. The breaking strain of materials in neutron star (NS) crusts … Continue reading

Does Sound Fall Upward?

Here’s a strange claim that will change old views in physics … if valid and verifiable: Sound waves float upward very slightly because the particle-like units of vibration which make sound waves appear to have negative mass. Does sound really anti-gravitate? Sound has negative mass, and all around you it’s drifting up, up and away … Continue reading

Mysterious Universal Pattern Discovered

This video caught my attention. Is there a mysterious universal pattern directing city buses, atomic events and even chicken eyes? First question: is the pattern above and described in the video below just an artifact, a reflection of the method used to plot the data, and not a real “thing” shown by data? Is it … Continue reading

Quantum Fields: The Real Building Blocks of the Universe?

There is not much stranger than physics and this is a good lecture if you have the time. If not, here are my notes: What do we know about the fabric of the universe? You may have learned that all matter is made of atoms which differ in their numbers of sub-atomic particles. These 118 … Continue reading

Is Dark Matter Mini Black Holes from the Big Bang?

Here’s an interesting theory about dark matter, that it may be composed of miniture black holes. First, a review of why scientists believe dark matter exists. Astrophysicists think dark matter dominates ordinary matter in the universe by more than five times because galaxies rotate too fast for their visible star-stuff to handle. Without the extra … Continue reading

Science: The Earth’s Core Should Not Exist

By known physics, the metal core at the center of our planet should not exist. Absent a massive 6.2 mile diameter chunk of cooler metal plunging into it a billion years ago to trigger rapid crystallization, our 760 mile diameter core is technically impossible. One day, about a billion years ago, Earth’s inner core had … Continue reading

The Earth, in Part, Has a Golden Heart

Did you know the Earth’s core is estimated to contain enough gold to coat the planet’s surface with a solid layer 1.5 feet thick? Somewhere within is 1.6 quadrillion tons of gold by one geologist’s estimate. There is also likely 9.6 quadrillion tons of even heavier platinum, but the core precious metals are probably mixed … Continue reading

Is a Hydrogen Atom’s Electron Orbit Circular?

While fully amazing, does this image really show a hydrogen atom? Does it show the probability cloud a hydrogen atom’s single electron makes around its center, a circle, or is this circle just an effect of the technique used? Visualizing the Hydrogen Atom This is claimed on PhysicsWorld to be the orbital structure of a … Continue reading