Posted by: scienceutopia | September 20, 2007

Parallel Universes!

I recently came across quite a gripping, yet somewhat creepy article regarding the idea of parallel universes. It sounds like a bizarre theory, but scientists are deliberating the possibilities of it. Here is the article, from the BBC:

“Everything you’re about to read here seems impossible and insane, beyond science fiction. Yet it’s all true.

Scientists now believe there may really be a parallel universe – in fact, there may be an infinite number of parallel universes, and we just happen to live in one of them. These other universes contain space, time and strange forms of exotic matter. Some of them may even contain you, in a slightly different form. Astonishingly, scientists believe that these parallel universes exist less than one millimetre away from us. In fact, our gravity is just a weak signal leaking out of another universe into ours…”

Click Here to read the full article.

There is also a full 45 minute documentary on this, also issued by the BBC:

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Posted by: scienceutopia | September 8, 2007

A new, more effective CPR procedure?

After recent studies, biomedical engineer, and Purdue University professor Leslie Geddes has developed a new method of carrying out CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

The new, alternative method, which works by pushing against the abdomen rather than the chest, is said to increase the blood flow by an incredible 25 percent more than the current CPR process.

According to studies, the current CPR method only has a 5 to 10 percent success rate, and can vary depending on the efficiency at which the CPR was performed. This, according to Geddes, is far too low a rate to cope with, who says that, “Any medical procedure that had that low a success rate would be abandoned right away, but the alternative is not very good, either – don’t do CPR and the person is going to die.”

Geddes enumerated some of the major problems with the current, standard CPR, which included the risk of transferring infection from mouth-to-mouth breathing, the possibility of breaking the ribs if one were to push too hard against them, and added, “but if you don’t push hard you won’t save the person”.

According to Geddes, the new CPR method should obviate the occurrence of some of these risks.

The research appears in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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Posted by: scienceutopia | September 3, 2007

Imagining the Tenth Dimension – Sounds crazy!

I’ve always had this lingering curiosity about the various dimensions, and never really understood past the 4th. We are told by physicists that, in string theory, the subatomic particles that make up our universe are created within ten spatial dimensions, by the vibrations of extremely small “superstrings”. Most of us have probably adapted to the idea of living in the 4th dimension and visualizing our world through a 3 dimensional perspective, and the average person wouldn’t be able to envisage past this. However, this video that I came across called “Imagining the Tenth Dimension” enables you to better understand the 10 dimensions. Really, to us, the 10th dimension sounds like a mind-boggling and crazy concept, but the video simplifies it by giving us basic examples of how to conceive it. Take a look:

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Posted by: scienceutopia | September 3, 2007

Astronomy Cast

Attention all astronomy freaks! I have found a very informative and useful astronomy blog by the name “Astronomy Cast”. It has a large accumulation of podcasts of it’s own, along with transcripts and articles. You may be seeing me posting some of the more interesting podcasts here, so that you can get them straight. Click here to go to Astronomy Cast, or follow the link below:

http://www.astronomycast.com/

Enjoy 😉

Posted by: scienceutopia | September 3, 2007

Podcast: Black Holes – Big and Small

First of all, I would just like to say – Hello World! This is Science Utopia’s debut and this being it’s first post. So I will introduce myself as Jai (my username being Sci-Fry on the forums). I will guide you the the world of science as it comes, and keep you updated with all the latest news. Let’s begin with my first topic – black holes!

I, myself, am quite interested in astronomy, particularly black holes, primarily due to the fact that their physics is so incredible, and there are a plethora of unsolved mysteries behind black holes, yet to be solved. I recently came across a very interesting podcasts, explaining the basic physics and nature of black holes, and the two kinds: Stellar mass and supermassive. I was highly absorbed in this conversation that took place between Fraser Cain of Astronomy Cast (which is where I found the podcast) and Dr Pamela Gay.

Click on the link below to begin the audio podcast, or right click and press “Save As” to download it. If you wish to stream it straight off our website, then you can hover the mouse over the download link and a media player should pop up. If you would rather just read the transcript, click “Read More”, and you will find the whole podcast in text.

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Podcast and transcript provided courtesy of Astronomy Cast.

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