Avian GPS

•December 7, 2016 • Leave a Comment

pigeon

“‘We think they are using quantum mechanics to navigate,’ said Daniel Kattnig, a researcher in the chemistry department at Oxford University. Kattnig works in a lab that studies radical pairs — a phenomenon in which atoms acquire extra electrons that are ‘entangled’ with one another, each affecting the other’s motion even though they’re separated by space…”

Why don’t birds get lost? They may have mastered quantum mechanics. – The Washington Post

 

Inflation vs. Light Speed Variation

•November 28, 2016 • Leave a Comment

lightspeed“Magueijo and Afshordi’s theory does away with inflation and replaces it with a variable speed of light. According to their calculations, the heat of universe in its first moments was so intense that light and other particles moved at infinite speed. Under these conditions, light reached the most distant pockets of the universe and made it look as uniform as we see it today. ‘In our theory, if you go back to the early universe, there’s a temperature when everything becomes faster. The speed of light goes to infinity and propagates much faster than gravity,’ Afshordi said. ‘It’s a phase transition in the same way that water turns into steam.'”


 

“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.” – Albert Einstein

Theory challenging Einstein’s view on speed of light could soon be tested – The Guardian

Symmetries and the emergence of chimera states

•November 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

“Order and disorder might seem dichotomous conditions of a functioning system, yet both states can, in fact, exist simultaneously and durably within a system of oscillators, in what’s called a chimera state. Taking its name from a composite creature in Greek mythology, this exotic state still holds a lot of mystery, but its fundamental nature offers potential in understanding governing dynamics across many scientific fields. A research team at the University of New Mexico has recently advanced this understanding with work that will be published this week in the journal Chaos…”

Chimera state: How synchrony and asynchrony co-exist – Phys.org

Be afraid, biology, be very afraid…

•April 27, 2015 • Leave a Comment

DNA Entanglement

“There was a time, not so long ago, when biologists swore black and blue that quantum mechanics could play no role in the hot, wet systems of life.

Since then, the discipline of quantum biology has emerged as one of the most exciting new fields in science. It’s beginning to look as if quantum effects are crucial in a number of biological processes, such as photosynthesis and avian navigation…

Now a group of physicists say that the weird laws of quantum mechanics may be more important for life than biologists could ever have imagined. Their new idea is that DNA is held together by quantum entanglement.”

Quantum Entanglement Holds DNA Together, Say Physicists – Technology Review

Be Mystified. :)

•April 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

“Astronomers have discovered a curious empty section of space which is missing around 10,000 galaxies.

The ‘supervoid’, which is 1.8 billion light-years across, is the largest known structure ever discovered in the universe but scientists are baffled about what it is and why it is so barren.

It sits in a region of space which is much colder than other parts of the universe and although it is not a vacuum, it seems to have around 20 per cent less matter than other regions.

Although the Big Bang theory allows for areas that are cooler and hotter, the size of the void does not fit with predicted models. Simply put, it is too big to exist…”

Giant mysterious empty hole found in universe – telegraph.co.uk

I need more bandwidth. ;)

•August 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

holometer

“Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3 – D world exists only on a 2 – D screen, we could be clueless that our 3 – D space is just an illusion. The information about everything in our universe could actually be encoded in tiny packets in two dimensions.

Get close enough to your TV screen and you’ll see pixels, small points of data that make a seamless image if you stand back. Scientists think that the universe’s information may be contained in the same way, and that the natural “pixel size” of space is roughly 10 trillion trillion times smaller than an atom, a distance that physicists refer to as the Planck scale.”

Do we live in a 2-D hologram? New Fermilab experiment will test the nature of the universe – phys.org

Potato, Potahto…

•July 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

potato

What we say and how we say it exacts a profound influence over how we experience the world – including our perceptions of “objective” reality. Is there such a thing?

A Facebook discussion on how language shapes the mind.