The University of Birmingham has been Britain's representative in a major project to detect gravitational waves, which are ripples in space time caused by violent cosmic events. Their detection could ultimately provide a snapshot of the infant universe, when it was less than a second old. While Einstein himself thought that the waves would be too weak to detect, a century later advances in technology have brought about a revolution in precision measurements that he could not have imagined. A pair of four kilometre long detectors, located in the US, are set to be switched on for the first time in Autumn 2015, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the theory of general relativity. The project involves many universities around the world, but physicists from Birmingham built the hardware for the detectors, which was shipped to the US. A shed in Ruthe, near Hanover, contains the heart of the Anglo-German GEO600 interferometer - an instrument so sensitive it can detect an object moving one million billionth of a millimetre. The team believes it is just months away from mankind's first detection of gravitational waves - shifts in space and time caused by the movement of massive astronomical bodies. If they are correct the discovery will open up a whole new way of observing events across the cosmos, confirm Einstein's general theory of relativity and potentially give astronomers an unprecedented view of the birth of the universe 13.7 billion years ago. Colleagues across the Atlantic yesterday switched on their detector at a parallel site at Hanford in Washington state that will act in partnership with GEO600. Prof Bernard Schutz, of the University of Wales in Cardiff and a leading member of GEO600, said: "Up until now we have been able to learn a great deal about the universe by what we can see. The ability to detect and read gravitational waves will give us as much extra information about the universe as being suddenly given the ability to hear."So is this really a breakthrough that will change our understanding of the universe or is it another of those exercises in the science of hype, that scientists will use to help them plunder taxpayers money for a few years and then quietly forget about?
"Gravitational waves, vibrations in the fabric of space itself, are a crucial and distinctive consequence of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/12149329/Have-Einsteins-gravitational-waves-finally-been-found.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/1502278/Scientists-closing-in-on-gravity-waves.html If you torture data enough it will always give the answer you want from it - Xavier Connolly, 2009 "This theory tells us that the force of gravity is best understood as a ‘warping’ of space itself. And when gravitating objects move, they generate a ‘ripple’ in space itself. When such a ripple passes the Earth, our local space is alternately stretched and compressed, rather as, when a stone is thrown into a pond." Scientists believe that gravity occurs when objects like planets bend space-time. It can be thought of as a giant rubber sheet with a bowling ball in the centre. Just as the ball warps the sheet, so a planet bends space time and creates gravity. In November 1915 Einstein announced his theory to the Prussian Academy of Science and later claimed that ripples in space time should be detectable if two vast bodies came together. Scientists on Thursday are expected to announce that the gravitational,waves they have spotted came from when two black holes collided. The announcement is coming from a team at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. They have detectors buried deep in Washington state and 1,865 miles away in rural Louisiana. The detectors consist of a laser which is split in half and bounced off many mirrors. The theory is that if one wave comes back slightly slower than the other, it is because a gravitational wave has knocked into, slowing it down very slightly.This statemnt is of course suspect because while Einstein declared and his followers insist the Speed of Light is the universal constant, in fact light speed is only constant at 300,000 Km per second in a vacuum. When going through other substances it varies quite a lot, slowing to the kind of speed easily achieved by an Olympic cyclist when passing through Rhodium. The speed of light through glass is 200,000 Km per second. The important point here is that 'space' is not a vacuum, it is a void, but there are all manner of gases and dust floating around out there.
The role of cosmic electric currents in earth’s climate
If you’ve been following the growth of the Electric Universe movement, you know that this growth is due largely to the power of a new paradigm to explain things left unexplained by conventional theory. The greatest surprises of the space age are not surprises to researchers exploring the role of the electric force across the cosmos. Nor is it surprising to see the electric force at work close to home, both in the sculpting of planetary surfaces and in the evolution of life on earth ...
Anti-Science – The Church Of Scienceology's Latest Pejorative Term For People Who Think And Question.
We are not the only web site to take exception to accusations of being anti - science and all the other pejorative terms used by the Church Of Scienceology disciples to deflect criticism from independent minded people who are smart anough to ask Cui Bono? Which corporate business benefits.
TThe Idea Of An Infinite Universe Is Fashionable Again
The now little discussed (due to the witch hunt tactics employed by the scientific consensus gangsters) idea of an infinite, eternal, self renewing universe makes a lot more sense than a point at which everything suddenly materialises out of nothing.
Eugenics by any other name: Scientists call for ban on editing human genome.
Mention eugenics and the idiotic screechers of the left will start going on about Naziism, although the science of Eugenics would not be a bad idea if scientists, businesses and politicians could be trusted with such power. Power however always tempts the holder to abuse it, and the power to create a master raceby genetic modification of human DNA cannot be entristed to three professions that have always been deficient in ethical awareness.
Arrogance, Intolerance, Snobbishness and Corrupt, Self Interested Practices. It's modern science. The world sems to be waking up the the fact that while in the past scientists tended to be rather detached, slightly obsessive people not driven by material goals, the modern science academy has been very largely corrupted by political patronage and corporate money. The academic field of climate science it especially notable for this.
Was CERN A False Prophet - Laugh, I Nearly Shat
Some of you may remember the stick we have taken from The Church Of Scienceology Cult member when in taking the piss out of the over educated idiots at CERN, who are looking for "The Answer To Life, The Universe and Everything," by comparing their quest for The Higgs Boson to someone looking for a needle in a haystack when ...
Mainstream Media Myths and The Power Of Belief
Years ago, an elderly, frail Japanese martial arts master once boasted a 200-0 record against his opponents. He claimed to have a unique power that allowed him to inflict serious injury on people without actually laying a finger on them. Was it Chi? Magic? None of the above. It was a total scam. But that didn't matter.
Docors, Scientists Greased by Big Pharma? Told You So.
The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which was passed by the US Senate with the help of an extensive investigation led by Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), provisions that doctors who receive payoffs from drug or vaccine companies must disclose this when pushing new therapies or medical procedures from what would otherwise appear to be unbiased intentions. (It happens in Europe too, see links in article)
New Physics Theory Proposes Time Is Disappearing From Our Universe.
I have never understood why we invest so much money in theoretical physics, which basically means blokes with pointy heads sitting around having intellectual wanks as they dream up constantly whackier theories to explain how our universe works. One idea they cling to fondly which I find crazy, is that time is somehow material than can be stretched, compressed, kicked around like a football and made to disappear.
Wormholes: The science behind Interstellar Travel
by Ian R Thorpe
In a newly released video (embedded below)physicist Dr Simon Foster explains how 'Wormholes' the theoretical "shortcuts" through space-time, known as Einstein – Rosen bridges could enable travel across space and time and make interstellar travel possible.