Monday, October 25, 2004

Pretty much no one noticed

but astrophysicists reported they found proof for frame dragging. Frame dragging says that a spinning body "drags" the space around it, warping it. Gravity Probe B will shed more detailed insight into this question in a couple years.

Currently physics takes a long time to answer new questions, because new basic knowledge is pretty hard to come by given how much we already know and how much science has been done in the last couple hundred years. All the easy questions and a lot of the hard ones have already been answered. The next big events on my calendar are the refraction measurements that may either rule out or endorse quantum loop gravity or string/M theory (few years out), the Large Hadron Collider experiments that may yield a Higgs particle (hopefully a few years, but who knows), and serious talk about building a space elevator (maybe this year, the space elevator guys are starting to be taken seriously and a Nasa chief engineer is on board).

2 Comments:

Blogger dcat said...

Hi Dave,

I like your post at Free Iraq! Very well said! This is(January 8, 2005) by the way. I love intellectuals, too bad I couldn’t find the right words like you did. They do need good feed back over there and people like you will help unlike the other worthless trolls. Keep on blogging Dave! Yeah!

1:17 PM  
Blogger richsanter said...

TallDave --

Two things.

(1) I appreciate your scientific leanings far more that your political ones. Consider posting more on physics; this I can read without getting my underwear in knots, unlike your other stuff.

(2) On the other hand, I have replied as promised at http://iraquna.blogspot.com, and would like to give you the opportunity to respond.

posted on 19 january 2005

10:45 PM  

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