Physics News of the Week (October 6-13)

| October 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Once again, this week had some amazing discoveries in the world physics, however the most important news were the announcement of Nobel prize winners. For this and more important news read on. Also, if you would like to check out the older news, check out our news archive.

1. Nobel Prize in Physics 2012 Goes to Quantum Control Pioneers (October 9)

Two quantum control pioneers, Serge Haroche and David Wineland, shared the Nobel Prize, worth of £750,000, for important contributions in manipulating and measuring individual quantum systems. According to Nobel committee member Anne L’Huillier, the pair’s work represents “the first tiny steps towards building a quantum computer”. For more information, check out this link.

2. A New Paper Extends Einstein’s Special Relativity Beyond the Speed of Light Limit (October 10)

Ever since the famous Einstein’s theory was released in 1905 it was passionately discussed whether something could travel faster than light. A group of mathematicians from the University of Adelaide have suggested an expansion of Einstein’s theory from speeds greater than the speed of light. “We are mathematicians, not physicists, so we’ve approached this problem from a theoretical mathematical perspective,” said Dr Cox. “Should it, however, be proven that motion faster than light is possible, then that would be game changing.” Read the full article here.

The Nobel Prize medal

3. A Group of Physicists Propose a Method to Test if the Universe is a Simulation (October 12)

An interesting research paper recently appeared on arXiv suggesting a possible way of testing the simulated universe theory. Now for those who have never heard about it, the simulated universe theory simply states that our universe is some sort of a simulation — either computer generated or generated in some sort of other way. As crazy as it sounds, this idea has been tackled by the great philosophers throughout the centuries.  A group of physicists from the University of Bonn offered a possible way of testing the bizarre theory. According to the physicists, with a computerized simulations, it’s necessary to create a so called lattice to account for the distances and  the progression of time. So in principle, it should be possible to detect the end points or edges of this lattice, which would most likely be based on quantum chromodynamics. More info here.

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