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. [embedded content] These 118 different kinds of atoms are the chemical elements known to modern chemistry. Interestingly, there are only three particles that make up every kind of atom: electrons, up-quarks and down-quarks. The up and down quarks make protons and neutrons. This model is not the best we have, however. Even more fundamental building blocks are fluid-like structures which spread across the entire universe and which ripple in interesting ways. There are fields. For example, light is composed of electromagnetic field waves. But the fields aren’t smooth and continous. The fields have little particles of […] Read More

Einstein Was Wrong?! New Theory Says There’s No Gravity And No Dark Matter

Gravity is something all of us are familiar with from our first childhood experiences. You drop something – it falls. And the way physicists have described gravity has also been pretty consistent – it’s considered one of the four main forces or “interactions” of nature and how it works has been described by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity all the way back in 1915. But Professor Erik Verlinde, an expert in string theory from the University of Amsterdam and the Delta Institute of Theoretical Physics, thinks that gravity is not a fundamental force of nature because it’s not always there. Instead it’s “emergent” – coming into existence from changes in microscopic bits of information in the structure of spacetime. Verlinde first articulated this groundbreaking theory in his 2010 paper, which took on the laws of Newton and argued that gravity is “an entropic force caused by changes in the information […] Read More

Before Big Bang: Scientists Claim To Have Discovered What Existed BEFORE The Beginning Of The Universe

There are many scientific and non-scientific varieties of the answer about what came before Big Bang. Some say there was literally nothing and some say a black hole or a multiverse. But now a group of mathematicians from Canada and Egypt have analyzed some cutting edge scientific theory and a complex set of equations to find what preceded the universe in which we live. Their research paper has been published in Nature. To explain it in simple and easily understandable terms; they applied the theories of the very small i.e. the world of quantum mechanics, to the entire universe – explained  by general theory of relativity, and discovered the universe essentially goes through four different phases. More importantly they discovered what came before this universe was…Another universe or more accurately another ‘cosmological phase’. Despite being infinite in size our universe is cyclical and has always existed in one of four […] Read More

Has Science Discovered God?

Einstein didn’t believe it was possible. Stephen Hawking said it might be the greatest scientific discovery of all time. What discovery has baffled the greatest scientific minds of the past century, and why has it caused them to rethink the origin of our universe? New, more powerful, telescopes have revealed mysteries about our universe that have raised new questions about the origin of life. Has science discovered God? But wait a minute! Hasn’t science proven we don’t need God to explain the universe? Lightning, earthquakes and even babies used to be explained as acts of God. But now we know better. What is it about this discovery that is so fundamentally different, and why has it stunned the scientific world? This discovery and what molecular biologists have learned about the sophisticated coding within DNA have many scientists now admitting that the universe appears to be part of a grand […] Read More

Pope Declares Evolution & Big Bang Theory Are Real & That ‘God Isn’t A Magician’

Pope Francis continues to shake-up the Christian world with his latest public revelation, announcing that evolution and the big bang theory are in fact real, and that god is no ‘magician with a magic wand.’ Speaking to the Pontificial Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis’s words lessened the divide between the Christian faith and science with his shocking assertion about mankind’s evolution. Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator –arguing instead that they “require it.” “When we read about Creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so,” Francis said. He added, “he created human beings and let them develop according to the internal laws that he gave to each one so they would reach their fulfilment.” “The Big Bang, which today we hold to […] Read More

2014: Augmented Reality Visor Will Overlay Data On The Real World

Terminator Vision Orion Pictures Playing a first-person shooter like Call of Duty with a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift or the Sony Morpheus seems like a recipe for ultra-realistic gaming bliss – until you sprint after virtual Germans and plow right into your actual living room wall. When you wear a screen on your face, “there’s a lack of situational awareness of the actual world,” says Leap Motion co-founder Michael Buckwald, sipping a soda at a demo at the company offices in San Francisco.  “Also, every time I want to take a sip of Coke, I have to take the Oculus Rift off.” “In a first-person shooter, you need to be able to turn around quickly,” says Omar Khan, the lead Unity developer at Austin-based Chaotic Moon, which designed a humorous Oculus Rift game called Shark Punch.  “And if you’re sitting in a chair, tethered to a […] Read More

2014: What Exactly Is Reality? No Metaphor Can Describe It

How many times have you heard teachers use analogies to try to bring home a point? For example the common image of the self-being like a wave in the ocean –experienced as separate, but where does the ocean end and the self begin. So “it’s all one.” But in many ways, we actually use analogies to separate us from reality –to create the illusion that we “know” something mentally when it really needs to be fathomed much more deeply –with all of the senses. Take for instance the experience of going outside on a clear night and looking at the stars. We can identify the moon, which is supposedly “close” and then begin to drift out, discovering a planet perhaps and a constellation, and then? Remember the Hubble Deep Field experiment which trained the supertelescope on a supposedly empty part of space, and discovered billions of galaxies –not stars, but […] Read More

Universal Time May Not Be Universal At All

Here you sit, reading this article, when suddenly you hear a jet engine from an overhead plane. Aboard this plane, someone else is reading this article. Curiously, you two are not reading it in a relevant time frame. Time is actually moving at a different speed for you on the ground than it is for the person on the plane. It’s not much of a difference, just a few fractions of a second, but it is a difference. This phenomena is explained among Einstein’s theories of relativity. In it, he says “the passage of time on the fast-moving object is slower than if the object was at rest.” This is why it is scientifically theorized that if you fell into a black hole, all of time would pass before your eyes – the birth and death of the universe. At the black hole’s event horizon, or point of no […] Read More

Are Parallel Universes Real?

Farnsworth: “There is it. The edge of the Universe!” Fry: “Far out. So there’s an infinite number of parallel Universes?” Farnsworth: “No, just the two.” Fry: “Oh, well, I’m sure that’s enough.” Bender: “I’m sick of parallel Bender lording his cowboy hat over me!” –Futurama Our existence here in this Universe is something that we know is rare, special, beautiful, and full of wonder. Image credit: Kelly Montgomery. Some things happen with amazing regularity and predictability: the occurrence of days-and-nights, the tides, the seasons, the motion of the heavenly bodies, and so much more. The physical laws that govern the Universe are very, very well understood, and that understanding has helped us construct a rather comprehensive view of exactly what our observable Universe consists of, where it came from, and what it looks like. And yet, it’s not an entirely predictive system! Sure, laws like gravity are predictive and deterministic: […] Read More