What are tachyons?

Tachyons- A class of particles proposed in the late 1950’s by physicist Arnold Sommerfeld, which are thought to travel faster than the speed of light. All light travels at approximately 2.99792468 *108 meters per second - an increasingly high speed so intense that it would take one-tenth of a second to travel around the world at the equator. As a result, people often question the origins of such a large speed, and in order to […]

The Vision of a Hammerhead

Ever wondered what evolutionary benefit could possibly arise from having a T-shaped head? Well, the hammerhead shark can certainly attest. In a recent study on hammerhead sharks at Florida Atlantic University, team study member Michelle McComb found that hammerhead sharks had amazing peripheral vision. Michelle’s team performed lab tests on different varieties of sharks that included sweeping a light in various arcs around the shark’s head and measuring electrical activity in the eye. What they […]

Bless You: What nosey scientists have unearthed about the secrets of sneezing

“ACHOO” is more than just the sound made when sneezing; it is actually the acronym for the Autosomal-dominant Compelling Helio-Opthalmic Outburst syndrome, in which one sneezes upon sudden exposure to bright light. When people think of sneezing, the most common causes people relate it to are colds or irritations in the nose, such as pepper.  This is logical, considering the function of a sneeze (also known as a sternutation) – to cleanse the nasal passages […]

Will Copenhagen Count?

The impending Climate Change Conference that is scheduled to start December 7th in Copenhagen has created quite a stir internationally. With over 190 nations planning to attend (almost every nation in the world will be represented), along with various non-governmental organizations, the United Nations has raised the stakes concerning global climate change. Unfortunately, the barrage of references to the gathering in Denmark has allowed the public to tune out mentions of the meeting as simply […]

ALICE Experiment

Of the six detectors being constructed at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one is A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE), a specialized detector for heavy ion physics.  Scientists hope ALICE will be key in solving the mystery of the origin of matter. All matter is composed of atoms, consisting of a core nucleus made up of protons and neutrons. These are formed by quarks held together by gluons. ALICE will utilize a solenoid magnet to […]