057 EU Meetup November 13th 2018


In 1929 Hubble published his works describing red shift was related to velocity. But he then spent the next 25 years attempting to dispute his own work. No one listened, an expanding universe is necessary for accepting special relativity. Hubble was ignored.



Halo Substructure in the SDSS-Gaia Catalogue: Streams and


“Dust Up” on International Space Station Hints at Sources of Structure

A series of experiments on the International Space Station show that electrically charged dust in microgravity is surprisingly orderly.

Article ID: 703307

Released: 2-Nov-2018 1:05 PM EDT

Source Newsroom: American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics

Credit: Credit: CASPER, Baylor University

Figure SEQ Figure \* ARABIC 1: (Left) The glowing pink neon gas in the Plasma Kristall-4 (PK-4) experiment. Dust is injected into the tube with the plasma. Credit: MPE–M. Kretschmer – Fink, Martin A., Markus H. Thoma, and Gregor E. Morfill., Microgravity Science and Technology 23.2 (2011): 169-171. (Top Right) Dust ordered in straight lines formed in a plasma in the PK-4 experiment; their motion is recorded by a video camera. Credit DLR/ROSCOSMOS. (Bottom Right) Computer model showing the organization of the plasma around the dust particles, represented by black dots. The charged dust attracts the ions in the plasma. Higher concentrations of ions are shown in red.


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Newswise — PORTLAND, Ore.—Imagine looking under your couch and instead of finding fluffy dust bunnies, you see the dust is arranged in straight lines—you might wonder what caused this order. Scientists are experiencing that same feeling, not with dust under a couch, but with electrically charged dust in the microgravity of space.

The dust the scientists are studying is made up of tiny spheres 10 times smaller than the width of a human hair. This dust becomes electrically charged when it collects electrons from an energetic gas called a plasma.

In a lab on Earth, electrically charged dust generally lines up either along the downward pull of gravity or across it. Scientists at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering Research (CASPER), at Baylor University, got a surprise when examining data from a similar experiment on the International Space Station orbiting 248 miles above Earth where gravity is much weaker. Rather than the dust bouncing around randomly, the dust often wiggled around in straight lines, even without gravity.

“Gravity on Earth is at least as strong as the electric forces between the dust grains. In microgravity we expected the dust particles to spread out,” said Truell Hyde, director of CASPER, who leads the study. “Instead, we found that the small forces between the dust particles and the atoms in the plasma impose order on the system.” Dr. Hyde and his research group are presenting their findings at the American Physical Society Division of Plasma Physics meeting in Portland, Ore.

The study was carried out on the PK-4 experiment (Figure 1), short for Plasma Kristall-4, which was built through a partnership between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). The research is the first project of this kind on the space station with direct involvement of U.S. research groups and is funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA.

Learning that dust grains line up in microgravity is potentially important for understanding how groups of things attain structure. At small sizes, forces between atoms provide structure for molecules and proteins, while at very large sizes gravity provides the structure for stars and galaxies. Hyde said, “This experiment may help explain how structures form when they are between very small and very large sizes.”


Truell Hyde, Baylor University, Truell_Hyde@baylor.edu


CO8.00001 Aligned Chains within the PK-4 Environment

CO8.00006 Thermally Excited Dust Lattice Waves in PK-4 Complex Plasmas CO8.00007 Dust chains in the strongly coupled liquid regime

Session CO8: Dusty Plasmas, Sources, and Diagnostics

2:00 PM–5:00 PM, Monday, November 5, 2018OCC Room: C120-122

JP11.00079 Self-consistent simulation of dust-plasma interactions in micro-gravity

Session JP11: Poster Session IV: Education and Outreach; Undergraduate or High School Research; Plasma technology, Fusion reactor Nuclear and Materials Science; Propulsion; Materials Interfaces

Room: OCC Exhibit Hall A1&A

TP11.00010 Dust chain formation in microgravity complex plasma

TP11.00023 BU Ground PlasmaKristal-4 (PK-4) Striation Studies and their Correlation to Dust Cloud Morphology

Session TP11: Poster Session VII: Basic Plasma Physics: Pure Electron Plasma, Strongly Coupled Plasmas, Self-Organization, Elementary Processes, Dusty Plasmas, Sheaths, Shocks, and Sources; Mini-conference on Nonlinear Waves and Processes in Space Plasmas – Posters; MHD and Stability, Transients (2), Runaway Electrons; NSTX-U; Spherical Tokamaks; Analytical and Computational Techniques; Diagnostics

Room: OCC Exhibit Hall A1&A

TO12.00001 Ionization waves in the PK-4 direct current neon discharge 

Session TO12: DPP/GEC Joint Session: Low Temperature Plasmas II


FIGURE 2.3 Kink instability of the central column produced in spheromak formation experiment at the California Institute of Technology. This kink, believed to be intrinsic to spheromak self-organization, occurs when the jetlike central column becomes sufficiently long to satisfy the Kruskal-Shafranov instability threshold. It can also be considered as a good simulation of the kink instability of an astrophysical jet. Courtesy of S.C. Hsu and P.M. Bellan, California Institute of Technology.


‘The Big Bang theory .. came under sharp criticism .. at the International Conference on Cosmology’



Three Golden Myths: Gradualism
The primary tenet of academic linguistics is that every linguistic theory [and narrative] must strictly adhere to the Gradualist view of history i.e. Catastrophism is a heresy.

Three Golden Myths: Romance Language
The second tenet of academic linguistics is that the Romance Languages form an independent linguistic branch derived from Latin and it is a heresy to demonstrate the Romance Languages were shoehorned into just 26 Latin letters by conquering clerics.

Three Golden Myths: Indo-European Languages
The third tenet of academic linguistics strictly prohibits academics from directly connecting Sanskrit with European languages. Instead, academics must confine themselves to a vague, network of [fictional] hypothetical languages which can never be evidentially substantiated [by definition].