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Muon g-2 mystery

The most accurate measurement of muon’s magnetic moment to-date was made by the E821 collaboration at the BNL (Brookhaven National Laboratory) in 2001. The final report of the E821 experiment was published in 2006. That  report was updated in 2008. The E821 … Continue reading

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Updates (December 2016)

ALPHA experiment at CERN ALPHA experiment observed one of the spectral lines of antihydrogen for the first time. The measurement was done by observing the 1S-2S transition. CPT symmetry demands that the spectra of hydrogen and antihydrogen be identical. The … Continue reading

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Cartoon guide to quantum computing by Scott Aaronson and Zach Weinersmith

Scott Aaronson and Zach Weinersmith worked on a wonderful educational project. They explain Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing very concisely in the cartoon format. When I viewed the visuals and read the text I appreciated Scott Aaronson’s talent in stating the … Continue reading

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Updates (November 2016)

Erik Verlinde’s latest paper on his effort to develop a new (emergent) theory of gravitation received a lot of attention in the media. This theory (still in its early stages) certainly deserves a careful look. ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ Steven Weinberg thinks that Quantum Mechanics … Continue reading

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The 500 article milestone: time for reflection

This is my 501st article in the Renaissance Universal blog. Before this one I have published 492 (dated) posts and 8 (undated) pages here. I have another blog for my Turkish readers (98 posts and 10 pages so far). The … Continue reading

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Updates (April 2016)

Image credit CERN LHC is waking up after the winter shutdown. I follow the progress of accelerator physicists, engineers and technicians from here. These log entries take me back to my Fermilab days (1988-1992) where I was doing similar work in … Continue reading

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Updates (March 2016)

There are many physics blogs but there are only few that are dedicated to particle physics. My favorite these days is Adam Falkowski’s blog (Resonaances) .  His concise and informative posts do an excellent job explaining the most relevant aspects of … Continue reading

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Different kinds of mass

Most physicists admit that they don’t know what mass is but they all say that they know how to measure it. That’s an oversimplification. The measurement of mass is a non-trivial subject. Millions of man-hours and millions of dollars have … Continue reading

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Sanskrit term Purusha should be translated as Soul

In the spiritual philosophy literature the Sanskrit term Puruśa (pronounced Purusha) is often translated into English as “consciousness.” In my opinion the English word Soul is a better word for Purusha. In the Definitions and Summary of Soul Monism, I mentioned the … Continue reading

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A strong reason to express yourself

Image credit Every writer, every artist, every musician and yes, even this scientist, sometimes experiences self-doubt. Creative persons are driven by an instinct to express themselves. The driver of this instinct is the ego. This is one of the positive … Continue reading

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Super-rotation of the inner core of Earth

Earth’s solid inner core rotates slightly faster than the rest of the Earth The solid iron inner core is about the size of the Moon. The inner core rotates relative to the mantle in the eastward direction at an angular … Continue reading

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