Science & Technology


Peru: Mysterious Pyramid Complex Discovered

The remnants of at least ten pyramids have been discovered on the coast of Peru, marking what could be a vast ceremonial site of an ancient, little-known culture, archaeologists say.

The Milky Way is twice the size we thought it was

Milky  way
We were tossing around ideas about the size of the Galaxy, and thought we had better check the standard numbers that everyone uses," Professor Gaensler said. Image credit: NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team

It took just a couple of hours using data available on the internet for University of Sydney scientists to discover that the Milky Way is twice as wide as previously thought.


Grad student invents gravity lamp

A U.S. graduate student won second place in a "Greener Gadgets Conference" competition inventing a floor lamp powered by gravity.

A Lead on the Ark of the Covenant

When last we saw the lost Ark of the Covenant in action, it had been dug up by Indiana Jones in Egypt and ark-napped by Nazis, whom the Ark proceeded to incinerate amidst a tempest of terrifying apparitions. But according to Tudor Parfitt, a real life scholar-adventurer, Raiders of the Lost Ark had it wrong, and the Ark is actually nowhere near Egypt. In fact, Parfitt claims he has traced it (or a replacement container for the original Ark), to a dusty bottom shelf in a museum in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Ark at Auch Cathedral
The Ark of the Covenant protrayed on a bas-relief at Auch Cathedral

The bad luck o' the Irish: Apostrophes can confuse computers

It can stop you from voting, destroy your dental appointments, make it difficult to rent a car or book a flight, even interfere with your college exams.

More than 50 years into the Information Age, computers in the U.S. are still getting confused by the apostrophe. It is a problem familiar to O'Connors, D'Angelos, N'Dours and D'Artagnans across America.

Big Bang Busted! (The Black Hole, the Big Bang, and Modern Physics)

There has been a deliberate suppression of important scientific papers by the community of physicists and astronomers concerning the black hole, beginning with the original paper by Karl Schwarzschild of 1916, evidently for vainglory, money and self-aggrandisement. I bring you free access to those papers, and others of relevance, in the hope that this fraud can be exposed and physics restored to a rational search for knowledge. The black hole has no foundation in theory whatsoever. Neither Newton's theory nor Einstein's theory predict it. In fact, both theories preclude it, contrary to what the orthodox relativists claim.

Comment: We do not support the content of this article. Not because the subject is controversial, but because of the links with AIAS:

"The international forum of scientists has also posted this document to the website of the Alpha Institute for Advanced Study"

There is one unfortunate fact, namely that "Alpha Institute for Advanced Study", in short AIAS - is a fraudulent institution, as has been documented all over the net, starting with Bearden's "not so real" PhD and ending with Evans, who pretends to be the new Einstein, but who writes mathematical nonsense. See HERE


Powerful Explosions Suggest Neutron Star Missing Link

©Sky & Telescope, Gregg Dinderman.
This artist rendering depicts how a magnetar might appear if we could travel to one and view it up close, something that would not be advisable.

Observations from NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) have revealed that the youngest known pulsing neutron star has thrown a temper tantrum. The collapsed star occasionally unleashes powerful bursts of X-rays, which are forcing astronomers to rethink the life cycle of neutron stars.

Enceladus: New theory sheds light on space enigma

An enormous plume of dust and water spurts violently into space from the south pole of Enceladus, Saturn's sixth-largest moon. This raging eruption has intrigued scientists ever since the Cassini spacecraft provided dramatic images of the phenomenon.

Now, physicist Nikolai Brilliantov, at the University of Leicester, and colleagues in Germany, have revealed why the dust particles in the plume emerge more slowly than the water vapour escaping from the moon's icy crust.

©Michael Carroll,
Geyser on Enceladus.

Enceladus orbits in Saturn's outermost "E" ring. It is one of only three outer solar system bodies that produce active eruptions of dust and water vapour. Moreover, aside from the Earth, Mars, and Jupiter's moon Europa, it is one of the only places in the solar system for which astronomers have direct evidence of the presence of water.

Cosmic coincidence spotted: An absurdly large number could hold the key to universal mysteries

The secret of the Universe is not 42, according to a new theory, but the unimaginably larger number 10122. Scott Funkhouser of the Military College of South Carolina (called The Citadel) in Charleston has shown how this number - which is bigger than the number of particles in the Universe - keeps popping up when several of the physical constants and parameters of the Universe are combined1. This 'coincidence', he says, is surely significant, hinting at some common principle at work behind the scenes.

The number first turned up when, more than a decade ago, physicists discovered that the expanding Universe is accelerating. This implies that there is a force that opposes gravity on very large scales, which physicists call dark energy. It is quantified by a parameter called the cosmological constant.

One interpretation of dark energy is that it results from the energy of empty space, called vacuum energy. The laws of quantum physics imply that empty space is not empty at all, but filled with particles popping in and out of existence. This particle 'fizz' should push objects apart, just as dark energy seems to require. But the theoretical value of this energy is immense - so huge that it should blow atoms apart, rather than just causing the Universe to accelerate.

Geologists find buried volcano inside Panmure Basin

Geologists have found a buried volcano inside Panmure Basin, which is the mouth of a volcano that erupted about 28,000 years ago. It is extremely rare for two eruptions to have occurred at the same site in the Auckland Volcanic Field.

The discovery was made by a group of geologists from government-owned research and consultancy company GNS Science and The University of Auckland as they drilled into the basin from a barge this week to find out more about the volcanic history of volcanoes in the upper North Island.