EDITORIAL: This little gem of an article nearly slipped past me, but luckily I read in to its 3rd paragraph – and Bonanza it is about a topic that should be of interest to our Patrons of the Cosmic Cafe Show! [CCS]
A woman has won the maths world’s “Nobel prize” for the first time. Maryam Mirzakhani of Stanford University, California, received the Fields medal today at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul, South Korea.
Mirzakhani, who is Iranian, studies the geometry of moduli space, a complex geometric and algebraic entity that might be described as a universe in which every point is itself a universe. Mirzakhani described the number of ways a beam of light can travel a closed loop in a two-dimensional universe. To answer the question, it turns out, you cannot just stay in your “home” universe – you have to understand how to navigate the entire multiverse. Mirzakhani has shown mathematicians new ways to navigate these spaces.
Mirzakhani first attracted international attention as a… [Continue]
By Robert L. Schroeder 7-25-14
The cover of the May 2014 Scientific American magazine proclaims that there is: “A Crisis in Physics”. The subtitle states: “If Supersymmetry Doesn’t Pan Out, Scientists Need a New Way to Explain the Universe”. What is this all about? Furthermore what possible connection could this crisis in physics have to UFO technology? In this article I will briefly explain the potential implications of these interesting developments in modern physics.
Recently I have had the opportunity to appear on two Cosmic Café shows with host Eric Brown and NorCal MUFON Director Ruben Uriarte to talk about my book titled “Solving the UFO Enigma: How Modern Physics is Revealing the Technology of UFOs”. One of the most important questions in modern physics that we talked about on the show is something called the hierarchy problem.
The hierarchy problem relates to the puzzle of why the gravity force is exponentially weaker than the other three forces of nature, namely: electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force. The hierarchy problem can also be equivalently stated as the question of why the masses of known subatomic particles are so small compared to the so called Planck mass which is the mass where gravity becomes as strong as the other forces. In quantum mechanics theory it is believed that subatomic particles will take on the highest mass possible in our universe via a process called quantum contributions.
Despite this prediction the known subatomic particles… remain much lighter than would be expected.
There are two basic types of subatomic particles in nature which are the matter particles and force particles. Electrons, neutrinos and quarks are examples of matter particles. Quarks are subcomponents of particles found in the nucleus of atoms like protons and neutrons. Examples of force particles would be the photon that carries the electromagnetic force and the gluons which carry the strong Continue reading Failure of Supersymmetry Theory Lends Support to Alternate Theory that May Also Explain UFO Technology
EDITORIAL: This is a fun illustration which was brought to my attention by Austin, who is a new friend and new Crew member for future episodes of the Cosmic Cafe! Check it out, it is pretty humorous, while interesting! [CCS]
If you’re going to do timelapse photography, you might as well use the best instrument available and chose an interesting subject. How about observing an exploding star through the Hubble Space Telescope over a four year period?
This particular video morphs images take by Hubble of the unusual variable red star V838 Monocerotis over a four year period following an eruption in 2002 which saw it temporarily increase in brightness to become 600,000 times more luminous than the Sun (and a maximum visual magnitude of 6.75).
The result is a ‘light echo’ that illuminates the interstellar dust clouds surrounding Continue reading Wow! Video of an Exploding Star through the Hubble Telescope
The animation below shows changes in Earth’s magnetic field from January 2014 to June 2014 as measured by ESA’s SWARM trio of satellites.
The magnetic field protects us from cosmic radiation and charged particles that bombard Earth, but it is in a permanent state of flux.
Magnetic north wanders, and every few hundred thousand years the polarity flips so that a compass would point south instead of north. Moreover, the strength of the magnetic field constantly changes – and it is currently showing signs of significant weakening.
The field is particularly weak over the South Atlantic Ocean – known as the South Atlantic Anomaly. This weak field has indirectly caused many temporary satellite ‘hiccups’ (called Single Event Upsets) as the satellites are exposed to strong radiation over this area.
CREDIT: ESA – ORIGINAL ARTICLE LINK
EDITORIAL: No, we are not talking about the Mars/MMs “Milky Way Bar” right now, although that does sound tasty! We are talking about our Milky Way offering 100 Million potential life-giving planets, maybe yes some could support Aliens. And the Milky Way is just one of many!
Mathematically it would appear that the odds of intelligent Alien life living in other locations other than mother Earth is significantly good! In other words, I’d take those odds over trying to win next week’s PowerBall Lottery! CCS
There are some 100 million other places in the Milky Way galaxy that could support complex life, report a group of university astronomers in the journal Challenges. They have developed a new computation method to examine data from planets orbiting other stars in the universe. Their study provides the first quantitative estimate of the number of worlds in our galaxy that could harbor life above the microbial level. “This study does not indicate that complex life exists on that many planets. We’re saying that there are planetary conditions that could Continue reading Milky Way may bear 100 million life-giving planets for Aliens!
The Man in the Moon appeared when meteoroids struck Earth-facing side of the moon creating large flat seas of basalt that we see as dark areas called maria. But no “face” exists on farside of the moon and now, Penn State astrophysicists think they know why. “I remember the first time I saw a globe of the moon as a boy, being struck by how different the farside looks,” said Jason Wright, assistant professor of astrophysics. “It was all mountains and craters. Where were the maria? It turns out it’s been a mystery since the fifties.” This mystery is called the Lunar Farside Highlands Problem and dates back to 1959, when the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 transmitted the first images of the Continue reading Solved! The Dark Side of the Moon Mystery!
Happy Friday patrons!
We found this unusual photo this morning on the European Space Agency’s flickr account and could not resist re-posting it here for your enjoyment.
The Tadpole and the Wriggler | Credit: ESA
And remember, when we say there really are “strange” things up there, well….