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Hidden dimensions

May 18th, 2010 · No Comments

The Search For Hidden Dimensions By BRIAN GREENE, JOSH TIMONEN, RDFRS – RDF TV http://richarddawkins.net/videos/471000-the-search-for-hidden-dimensions

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Natural selection, string theory, ….bang goes the theory

May 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Bang goes the theory: How physicists lost touch with reality From Einstein’s formulations to the Hadron Collider, experiments stretch the limits of science. So how did physics finds itself overwhelmed by theory? Darwinism was always in this position, the theory of natural selection being a grossly abused abstraction attempting to storm the gates of metaphysics.

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Quantum darwinism

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments

Quantum Darwinism

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Gould book authors, and materialism/idealism

May 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Critique of Intelligent Design: Materialism versus Creationism from Antiquity to the Present by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York We just discussed the book on Gould by the same two authors who wrote the book above: we have commented here at length on that book, use the search box. It is an interesting […]

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Tags: Evolution · Philosophy · physics · Schopenhauer

New microscope

May 5th, 2010 · No Comments

New Microscope Able to ‘See’ Atoms for First Time: Atomic Structure of Tiny Virus Imaged

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Images of atomic spin

April 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Physicists Capture First Images of Atomic Spin ScienceDaily (Apr. 26, 2010) — Though scientists argue that the emerging technology of spintronics may trump conventional electronics for building the next generation of faster, smaller, more efficient computers and high-tech devices, no one has actually seen the spin — a quantum mechanical property of electrons — in […]

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Sean Carroll: time travel…

April 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Sean Carroll Talks School Science and Time Travel

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Sean Carroll on time travel

April 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Sean Carroll Talks School Science and Time Travel by Claudia Dreifus – The New York Times http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5472 The world of science has two Sean Carrolls. One is an evolutionary biologist. The other is a cosmologist and theoretical physicist, an expert on time and the early moments of the universe. As it happened, the physicist stopped […]

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Confusion over design language

April 18th, 2010 · No Comments

HuffPo screws up evolution again Coyne’s critique of Laszlo’s post at Huffington is reasonable enought (so is the Laszlo post!) but the bottom line is that we can’t close the case on such questions. We should be wary here since Creationists/ID-ists have abused arguments that might conceivably be valid in a way we don’t yet […]

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Tags: Evolution · physics · Science & Religion

Einstein theory passes challenges

April 17th, 2010 · No Comments

Einstein’s Theory Fights Off Challengers ScienceDaily (Apr. 16, 2010) — Two new and independent studies have put Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity to the test like never before. These results, made using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, show Einstein’s theory is still the best game in town.

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Element 117

April 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Nuclear Missing Link Created at Last: Superheavy Element 117 ScienceDaily (Apr. 7, 2010) — An international team of scientists from Russia and the United States, including two Department of Energy national laboratories and two universities, has created the newest superheavy element, element 117. The lifetime of element 117, which has now been created in the […]

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War on physics?

April 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Published on Monday, April 5, 2010 by CommonDreams.org Event Horizon: War on Physics? by Sean Gonsalves Phew. We’re still here. Thanks be to the God-particle! That was a close one. Or not. Maybe you missed it but those crazy European physicists cranked up the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) and, lo and behold, we haven’t been […]

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Physicists may have broken law of nature

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

For One Tiny Instant, Physicists May Have Broken a Law of Nature ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2010) — For a brief instant, it appears, scientists at Brook­haven National Laboratory on Long Island recently discovered a law of nature had been broken.

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Mini Big Bangs

March 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Scientists seek dark matter in “Big Bang” project GENEVA, Mar. 29, 2010 (Reuters) — Scientists at the CERN research center will begin trying on Tuesday to make particles collide at ultra-high power and close to the speed of light to create mini-versions of the “Big Bang” that gave birth to the universe.

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Polkinghorne and QM

March 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Quantum physics again proves a theistic God Priest and accommodationist John Polkinghorne, previously a physicist at Cambridge University, and author of some of the most muddled apologetics I’ve ever read, gets interviewed by In Character. And he reveals that quantum physics has been just great for theology, because a stupid old Newtonian universe would testify […]

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Cold fusion

March 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

‘Cold Fusion’ Moves Closer to Mainstream Acceptance ScienceDaily (Mar. 22, 2010) — A potential new energy source so controversial that people once regarded it as junk science is moving closer to acceptance by the mainstream scientific community. That’s the conclusion of the organizer of one of the largest scientific sessions on the topic — “cold […]

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Dark flow

March 21st, 2010 · No Comments

Mysterious ‘Dark Flow’ May Be Tug of Other Universe by Irene Klotz – Discovery News http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5292 THE GIST: * Our universe is sliding steadily in a specific direction, in what researchers are calling “the dark flow.” * Some suspect the flow is caused by the pull of gravity from another universe.

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What is time?

February 28th, 2010 · 1 Comment

What Is Time? One Physicist Hunts for the Ultimate Theory by Erin Biba – Wired Science from dawkins site http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/02/what-is-time/

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Scientists Briefly Break a Law of Nature

February 16th, 2010 · No Comments

In Brookhaven Collider, Scientists Briefly Break a Law of Nature by Dennis Overbye – NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/16/science/16quark.html?ref=science from dawkins site Physicists said Monday that they had whacked a tiny region of space with enough energy to briefly distort the laws of physics, providing the first laboratory demonstration of the kind of process that scientists suspect […]

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Photosynthesis and quantum mechanics

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Quantum Mechanics at Work in Photosynthesis: Algae Familiar With These Processes for Nearly Two Billion Years ScienceDaily (Feb. 4, 2010) — A team of University of Toronto chemists have made a major contribution to the emerging field of quantum biology, observing quantum mechanics at work in photosynthesis in marine algae.

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Fast photons

January 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Single Photons Observed at Seemingly Faster-Than-Light Speeds ScienceDaily (Jan. 27, 2010) — Researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), a collaboration of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland at College Park, can speed up photons (particles of light) to seemingly faster-than-light speeds through a stack of materials by adding […]

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How to Teach Physics to Your Dog

January 19th, 2010 · No Comments

Teaching quantum weirdness

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Quantum vs classical physics

January 8th, 2010 · No Comments

A View in Quantum Darwinism With less than a year under its belt, Quantum Darwinism is already an idea that is getting more and more attention with each passing day. First proposed by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) physicist Wojciech Zurek, it essentially correlates quantum and classical physics. This means that, if proven, it could […]

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Dark matter holds the key

December 24th, 2009 · No Comments

Dark matter holds the key to the universe by Paul Davies – guardian.co.uk from dawkins site http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/dec/23/dark-matter-key-understanding-universe#start-of-comments

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