Science


On a lighter note, I just read this in my Bloglines reader from Slashdot: Apparently, Dr Alexander Shatskiy, from the Lebedev Physical Institute in Moscow has postulated a way to detect the difference between a black hole and a wormhole.

One of the consequences of M-Theory (a theoretical framework devised as a possible solution to the apparent duality inherent in much of string theory, as a way of unifying the five major superstring “flavors”) is that there are very likely multiple “universes” (if you accept the basic premises of M-theory, and that many of the forces we see propagating in “our” universe (such as gravity, which propagates very weakly compared to the other three fundamental forces) are in at least some sense really the echoes of interaction between various “branes” (universes) and ours. Gravity, for instance, as we perceive it, is really “leaked into” our universe from and adjacent one.

Anyway…

Wormholes are theoretically permissible in general relativity, but so far no reliable means of detecting them has been proposed.

Enter Dr. Shatskiy.

Interesting, intriguing… and although I anticipate it’ll basically amount to nothing, it’s fun to think about, anyway…

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It seems to be the hep-cat-yo-dog-g*money-cool thing to do, if you want to be culturally relevant and all Emerging and all that deconstructive jazz, to periodically post a somewhat pretentious cataolog of stuff… and name it something along the lines of “Music Monday,” or “Phriday is for Photos,” or “Wednesday is for Wookies,” or something along those lines.

Sorry, dudes; couldn’t come up with anything snazzy to rhyme with “Tuesday.” Doh.

But, in the interest of keeping up with the ECM Joneses, and given that it’s been a while since my normally loquacious self has posted anything (I have a really good excuse – but more on that later), here’s a smattering of blogposts and newsitems which have caught my attention over the span of the last few weeks, in no particular order…

Well, that’s it for now, kids. It’s late, I have to drive in to Grand Rapids tomorrow for Day Two of my new “day job to support my habit.”

Rock on.

I don’t care who you are – this is cool…

Okay, as a break from all the serious stuff…

I like theoretical science, which probably stems from my love for science fiction. This NASA article on theoretical propulsion systems is really really really interesting to me, given that it is one of the few that grounds the discussion in real-world physics – and all without using “I’m-Way-Smarterer-Than-You” scientistspeak. No math, just straight talk on the obstacles involved in the subject of interstellar travel and the reputable research currently underway to circumvent those obstacles.

Nice diversion…

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