Getting Your Science Right

In James Blish’s novel “They Shall Have Stars” we read: “there was no electronic device anywhere on the Bridge since it was impossible to maintain a vacuum on Jupiter.” The assumption Blish made was that electronics implied vacuum tubes (no transistors invented yet), which would collapse under the extreme atmospheric pressure found on our giant […]

The Science in Science Fiction

Each year, the prestigious journal Science lists the best scientific discoveries, drawing up a separate ranking. The editors of the magazine cast their eyes to the future, indicating the areas of greatest scientific interest in the coming years. According to Science, what expects us will have to wait for the “scientific satisfactions” from experiments, large and small, […]

When Also the Universe Suffered from Inflation

In cosmology, the term “inflation” refers to the theorized rapid expansion of the early Universe. Scientists explained inflation as caused by the presence of a spin-zero elementary particle born with the Big Bang, or the “Fiat Lux” moment. The recently discovered Higgs boson, the so-called ‘God’s particle’ is such a particle but, per se, it is not sufficient […]

The “God’s Particle” and the End of the Universe

It’s the end of the world as Stephen Hawking knows it, or quite possibly the universe, period. In the preface to a new book, Starmus: 50 Years of Man in Space Hawking’s collection of lectures by noteworthy astronomers and researchers, the theoretical physicist points to the Higgs boson — infamously known as the “God’s particle” — to be […]

ALICE in Wonderland – CERN Ready for New Physics to Come

PHYSICS AT 13 TeV ALICE’s wonderland materialises where the lead-lead ultrarelativistic collisions happen in the LHC. With a jump of over one order of magnitude in collision energy from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) and using state-of-the-art detectors, the experiment studies the quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter that existed during the Universe’s infancy, […]

Time Travel and Wormholes

According to Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which explains how gravity operates in the universe, real-life time travel isn’t just a vague fantasy. Traveling forward in time is an uncontroversial possibility. In fact, physicists send particles forward in time in accelerators… all the time. That’s not to say the technology for sending humans 100 years into […]

Antimatter Is Everyday Matter at CERN

This year, CERN has succeeded for the first time in producing a beam of antihydrogen atoms. In a paper published  in Nature Communications, scientists report the unambiguous detection of 80 antihydrogen atoms 2.7 metres downstream of their production, where the perturbing influence of the magnetic fields used initially to produce the antiatoms is small. This result […]

Scientist is IN

  Will your future technology idea make sense or will make sci-fi die hard fans regurgitate their breakfast? Don’t hesitate. Scientist is IN. I’m a PhD in Physics and a Computer Scientist. I worked 10 years at CERN contributing to smashing those poor particles head-on and analyze their decay products and 8 years with the Lawrence […]

Author Meetup: Massimo Marino by Lyn Horner

From Lyn Horner. Today, I’m fortunate to host my online friend, Italian author of post apocalyptic fiction, Massimo Marino.About the author:Massimo says, Hi Lyn and visitors. I’m a physicist who worked at CERN for 10 years, then moved to the US with the Lawrence Berkeley Lab in California, on to Apple Inc. at the European Head […]

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