Monthly Archives: December 2011

Shroud of Turin – Fake or Not

By Arif Khan

A few news articles on the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin again appeared in the news a few days back (see the end). Arif Khan, a good friend who has written many articles on Should of Turin has most kindly submitted the following on request.

Was the Shroud not Proved Fake in 1988 by Carbon Dating?

Dating of a sample, performed independently by 3 laboratories did return dates ranging from 1260-1390 in 1988, and yet the controversy rages on. The biggest issue was that the dating lead to more questions than it answered. How did the image form? Who formed the image and why?

Recent research, from 2005, by the late Raymond Rogers showed strong evidence to support the idea that the section that was used to cabron date the Shroud of Turin was from re-woven section. This effectively rendered the carbon dating result irrelevant for dating the cloth. Continue reading

Salam +50 Conference

On Saturday 7th July 2007, there were a series of public talks marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival at Imperial College of the late Nobel Laureate Professor Abdus Salam. Below is the Recording. You can also read an excerpt from the Book Salam +50 here in Google Books: Salam +50.

Finally if you want to buy the book here is the link to amazon… Click here

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Nature’s laws may vary across the Universe

The idea that the laws of physics remain constant across the universe is arguably a very important and universal concept in Physics. In fact in the case of the gravitational force this has been specifically stated in Einstein’s equivalence principle.

Recently experiments seem to enforce the idea that is not the case certainly for the fine structure constant (alpha). The first hints for a variability of alpha came from analysing observations of the Keck Observatory, in Hawaii. The new data from  the European Southern Observatory’s ‘Very Large Telescope’ in Chile was analysed by Professor Webb and others. He comments:

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Dangerous Knowledge

In this beautiful documentary the presenter presents four stunning characters from history that rocked the foundations of physics, mathematics and philosophy combined. Their work invariably destroyed the picture of certainty, plunging us into the abyss of uncertainty and captures the romantic adventure of finding knowledge. A fitting documentary considering what has been happening in current modern physics… another revolutions awaits it seems. Absoluteness it seems is set to be destroyed absolutely! Enjoy!

Antarctica Shines as Icy Bastion of Space Science

[Article obtained from, by Charles Q.Choi]

Antarctica may be the bottom of the world, but the coldest, driest, highest continent is the best place for looking up at the heavens from Earth.

Next week marks the 100th anniversary of humanity first reaching the South Pole, when Roald Amundsen planted the Norwegian flag there on Dec. 17, 1911.

Astronomy in Antarctica will soon experience a centennial of its own — the very first meteorite discovered in the Antarctic, the Adelie Land Meteorite, or ALM, was found on Dec. 5, 1912. “I regard the discovery of the ALM as the start of astronomy in Antarctica, which will thus be 100 next year,” said astronomer Michael Burton at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Astronomers are now carrying out cutting-edge research in the South Pole that could shed light on the greatest secrets of the universe. [Images: Peering Back to the Big Bang & Early Universe]

Higgs Boson, “Catch me if you can”

I am sure you have heard it, if not, which planet have you been living in? But just in case you are unaware about this celebrity particle, “The Higgs Boson”, we have provided some short introductory videos with also the latest news from CERN. Physicist may have just received a very early Christmas Present… or a very very late Eid Present. :) Check the latest.

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Obituary: Sammy Franks

[article from the Gaurdian]

Leonard Maurice Franks, fondly known as “Sammy”, who has died aged 90, was regarded as the doyen of prostate pathologists. Particularly important was his research into the high frequency of prostate cancer in ageing men, which led to the appreciation that if a man lives long enough, he will develop prostate cancer. Sammy was also a pioneer in the application of cell culture and electron microscopy to cancer research. He was for decades a revered authority on tumour biology.

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