Is the ‘origin’ of Life a Natural Consequence of Physics?

Following on from his appearance in Dan Brown’s latest novel ‘Origin’, Jeremy English publishes more research on his hypothesis that ‘life’ is a natural consequence of the laws of physics. Original post via The Space Academy.

A few years back, a remarkable new hypothesis made its way into the scientific zeitgeist – namely, that life is an inevitable consequence of physics. The author of this concept, an associate professor of biophysics at MIT named Jeremy England, has now published the first major papers testing out this idea, and it’s looking like he might be right on the money.

England’s hypothesis is a key bridge between physics and biology. Although it’s not yet conclusively proven, it potentially holds the key to answering one of the greatest questions of all: Where did we come from?

Here’s what his work is arguing. Thanks to the second law of thermodynamics, the universe is heading towards a state of complete structural disorder. It’s tumbling towards a state where everything is essentially the same no matter how the constituent parts are arranged. READ MORE…

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A Major Step Towards Finding Dark Matter

Via Science Alert

In our eagerness to identity the Universe’s occult phenomena of dark energy and dark matter, we often forget that most of its better defined particles also seem to be MIA.

Relax. We now have our first solid piece of evidence that this matter has been hiding in the delicate threads of cosmic webbing bridging neighbouring galaxies, right where the models predicted.

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Feature image: S.Epps & M.Hudson/University of Waterloo

Could We Be Wrong About Gravitational Waves?

“In 2010, Erik Verlinde surprised the world with a completely new theory of gravity. According to Verlinde, gravity is not a fundamental force of nature, but an emergent phenomenon. In the same way that temperature arises from the movement of microscopic particles, gravity emerges from the changes of fundamental bits of information, stored in the very structure of spacetime.”

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Could the Future be Influencing the Past?

Original article via Science Alert

One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time as well as forwards.

What Einstein called “spooky” action at a distance could theoretically be evidence of retrocausality, which is the particle equivalent of you getting a stomach ache today thanks to tomorrow’s bad lunch.

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Feature image Mikhail Leonov/Shuterstock

Science Ideas Behind Anomaly by Caitlin Lynagh (reblogged)

Ok, so please accept my apologies, this blog has turned into an essay and it has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to write about the ideas behind the science concepts and suggestions which feature in my book Anomaly (The Soul Prophecies) now for a while, but you know, life gets in the way, […]

via My Thoughts & Ideas Behind ‘Anomaly’ — The Book Igloo

Five New Sub-Atomic Particles Found by the LHC

Original article via The Independent

Large Hadron Collider finds five new subatomic particles, shedding light on what makes the universe work

The particles were ‘hiding in plain sight’, the team said

 

Scientists have stumbled on five new subatomic particles, helping to illuminate some of the most fundamental parts of the universe. The particles had been “hiding in plain sight”, according to one of the researchers that found them.

Researchers working on the Large Hadron Collider, Europe’s giant atom-smasher, ran into the special particles while working on the LHCb experiment, also known as “the beauty experiment”, which is exploring what happened just after the Big Bang that gave birth to the universe.

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Time Crystals: A New state of Matter

Sorry it’s been quiet here for a while. Exam season slows us down a little.

Original article via Science Alert

It’s official: time crystals are a new state of matter, and now we can create them – ScienceAlert:

Earlier this year, physicists had put together a blueprint for how to make and measure time crystals – a bizarre state of matter with an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, allowing them to maintain constant oscillation without energy.

Two separate research teams managed to create what looked an awful lot like time crystals back in January, and now both experiments have successfully passed peer-review for the first time, putting the ‘impossible’ phenomenon squarely in the realm of reality. More… 

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