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Feb 29, 2024

Evidence of Geothermal Activity within Icy Dwarf Planets

Posted by in categories: chemistry, space

Webb telescope observes potentially young Methane deposits on surfaces of Eris, Makemake. A team co-led by Southwest Research Institute found evidence for hydrothermal or metamorphic activity within the icy dwarf planets Eris and Makemake, located in the Kuiper Belt. Methane detected on their surfaces has the tell-tale signs of warm or even hot geochemistry in their rocky cores, which is markedly different than the signature of methane from a comet.

“We see some interesting signs of hot times in cool places,” said SwRI’s Dr. Christopher Glein, an expert in planetary geochemistry and lead author of a paper about this discovery.

The Kuiper Belt is a vast donut-shaped region of icy bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune at the edge of the solar system.

Feb 29, 2024

James Webb Spots “Extremely Red” Black Hole

Posted by in category: cosmology

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has spotted a rare and “extremely red” supermassive black hole lurking in one of the most ancient corners of the universe.

Astronomers suggest the vermilion black hole was the result of an expanding universe just 700 million years following the Big Bang, as detailed in a paper published this month in the journal Nature. Its colors are likely due to a thick layer of dust blocking much of its light, they posit.

While the cosmic monster was technically first discovered last year, researchers have now found that it’s far more massive than any other object of its kind in the area, making it a highly unusual find that could rewrite the way we understand how supermassive black holes grow relative to their host galaxies.

Feb 29, 2024

POSTHUMAN PSYCHOLOGY: Volume One — Introductory eBook : Nichols, Steve: Kindle Store

Posted by in category: futurism

MVT & radical posthumanism present a serious challenge to any supernatural theory of causation.

Feb 29, 2024

Scientists Create DVD-Shaped Disc That Can Hold More Movies Than You Could See in Your Entire Life

Posted by in category: entertainment

Researchers have come up with an optical storage device that has the same shape and size as a DVD, but can store 1.6 petabits of data.

Feb 29, 2024

Quantum Black Holes: First Detection of Stimulated Hawking Radiation

Posted by in categories: cosmology, quantum physics

A team of researchers have claimed to have recently detected a telltale signature of stimulated Hawking radiation from a post-merger black hole. If the researchers’ analysis of gravitational wave data is correct, then they may have found the first evidence of Planck-scale quantum structure at the event horizon of a black hole (quantum horizons). The key signature of a non-classical horizon is an echo signal in the gravitational waves that are detected after the primary merger event of a binary black hole system. The evidence is tentative, but nevertheless tantalizing. Such research is pivotal to advancing our understanding of quantum effects in strong gravity, where novel aspects of the theory of quantum gravity may be hard at work, as exemplified in the remarkable research The Origin of Mass and the Nature of Gravity, in which physicist Nassim Haramein with his colleagues Dr. Olivier Alirol and Dr. Cyprien Guermonprez have demonstrated that the mass-energy of Hawking radiation from a baryonic-scale mini black hole exactly produces the observed rest-mass energy of the proton, demonstrating that the proton rest-mass is the result of quantum vacuum fluctuations of the electromagnetic field in strongly curved spacetime. The analysis of gravitational wave data for an echo signature, the smoking gun of quantum horizons and Hawking radiation, in conjunction with recent observation of Unruh radiation from accelerating electrons, is a significant confirmation of quantum gravitational predictions of unified physics, which we see in solutions like that of Haramein et al. are the solution to understanding the source of mass and force originating from quantum vacuum fluctuations in curved spacetime. It is a major advancement because Unruh-Hawking radiation can no longer be said to be “only theoretical”

Feb 29, 2024

India Approves $15 Billion in Milestone Chip Plant Investments

Posted by in categories: computing, government

India’s government has approved $15.2 billion worth of investments in semiconductor fabrication plants, including a Tata Group proposal to build the country’s first major chipmaking facility.

Feb 29, 2024

Intuitive Machines shares unprecedented view of how Odysseus spacecraft landed on the moon

Posted by in category: space

Remarkable new images from the Odysseus mission capture the spacecraft — the first US-made vehicle to make a soft touchdown on the moon in five decades — in the moments directly after its harrowing and historic touchdown on the lunar surface.

Intuitive Machines, the Houston-based company that developed the Odysseus lander, shared the photos at a news briefing Wednesday. During the news conference, officials from Intuitive Machines and NASA — which paid to fly science instruments on the mission — also confirmed that all of Odysseus’ instruments are transmitting data, leading them to declare the mission successful despite significant setbacks during the spacecraft’s dramatic descent to the surface.

Mission controllers were celebrating the success, cheering “what a magnificent job that robust, lucky lander did all the way to the moon,” said Intuitive Machines CEO Steve Altemus.

Feb 29, 2024

Tesla Roadster Can Hit 60 MPH under 1 Second, Coming Next Year, Claims Musk

Posted by in categories: space travel, sustainability

Musk also hinted that the much-delayed EV will get a SpaceX package with rockets by reposting that bold claim on social media. It costs $50,000 to reserve a Roadster, with full price undisclosed.

Feb 29, 2024

Informational Nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy and the Cosmological Constant

Posted by in categories: cosmology, quantum physics

In this article, realistic quantitative estimation of dark matter and dark energy considered as informational phenomena have been computed, thereby explaining certain anomalies and effects within the universe. Moreover, by the same conceptual approach, the cosmological constant problem has been reduced by almost 120 orders of magnitude in the prediction of the vacuum energy from a quantum point of view. We argue that dark matter is an informational field with finite and quantifiable negative mass, distinct from the conventional fields of matter of quantum field theory and associated with the number of bits of information in the observable universe, while dark energy is negative energy, calculated as the energy associated with dark matter.

Feb 29, 2024

Alarming: Fraud spreads in Science — and I fear it will become worse

Posted by in category: science

In paid collaboration with reMarkable, I am happy to recommend this paper tablet which has made my workflow much more efficient and enjoyable.

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