Md. prof shares Nobel over faster growing universe

October 4, 2011 By JESSICA GRESKO , Associated Press
In this Sept. 19, 2008 handout photo provided by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, astronomer Adam Riess sits in his office at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences says American Saul Perlmutter, U.S.-Australian citizen Brian Schmidt and U.S. scientist Adam Riess share the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics. The trio were honored Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 "for the discovery of the acclerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae." (AP Photo/The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Gail Burton)

A Johns Hopkins University professor was one of a trio of scientists awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for discovering that the universe is expanding at a faster and faster rate, contrary to science's conventional wisdom.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that Adam Riess, an astronomy and physics professor at the university, won the prize with fellow American Saul Perlmutter and U.S.-Australian citizen Brian Schmidt. Perlmutter heads the Supernova Cosmology Project at the University of California, Berkeley. Schmidt is the head of the High-z Supernova Search Team at the Australian National University in Weston Creek, Australia

Working in two separate research teams during the 1990s - Perlmutter in one and Schmidt and Riess in the other - the scientists raced to map the universe's expansion by using telescopes to study and analyze a particular type of supernovas, or exploding stars. They were surprised to find that far-away galaxies were racing away from each other at an ever-increasing speed.

Riess, 41, said he got a phone call around 5:30 a.m. Several Swedish men were on the line, at which point "I knew it wasn't Ikea," the Swedish furniture retailer.

"My jaw dropped. I couldn't believe it. I didn't know if this would happen ever," he said in a telephone interview.

The work Riess is being honored for stems from a 1998 discovery that the rate at which the universe is expanding is speeding up, a discovery Riess called "truly startling."

The discovery contradicted conventional scientific wisdom that the universe's expansion would be slowing down as a result of what Riess calls the "gravitational glue" of the rest of the universe. The work led to the discovery of what's called dark energy, which is believed to be responsible for the universe's accelerating expansion, though researchers still don't know much about it.

Riess, who has an undergraduate degree in physics MIT and a doctorate in astrophysics from Harvard, said he spends the last two classes of his introductory astronomy course at Johns Hopkins talking about the discovery. He tells students in his "Stars and the Universe" class that they are fortunate to have such an "exciting mystery" to help solve.

"I sort of turn to them at that point and say, `I hope many of you continue on in this field and help us understand this mystery,'" he said.

Riess said that as a child he loved science and wanted to study dinosaurs. He didn't use a telescope until graduate school, he said. He says he finds looking through a telescope awe inspiring.

"Most of it's a mystery," he said of looking out at the universe. "If we very carefully study this ancient tired light we can get some clues as to what really is the universe."

A professor at Johns Hopkins University last won a Nobel Prize two years ago. Carol Greider shared the 2009 prize in medicine for her work helping solving the mystery of how chromosomes protect themselves from degrading when cells divide.

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5 / 5 (4) Oct 04, 2011
As a definite future winner of this award myself, I to would like to congratulate these researcher, for also finding evidence that shakes conventional theory.

Unconventional theories and lifestyle are areas I know well, alas the current explanations as to why the "Omataverse" is expanding do not encompass my finding on Repulsive Neutron, The Huggs Bozo-on and "Dense Aether-Wobbly-Plamsa" everything else theory, until the acceptance of this Troika of the Absurd I doubt much true science will be done and the world will never again attain the greatness the was available to the "Repulsive Neutron" fearing populace of Atlantis, sunk beneath the waves so many years ago by the dread Illuminati, whose plans to warm this planet by causing the next Ice-age need to be addressed in the halls of power before its to late.

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."
Bertrand Russell
1 / 5 (4) Oct 04, 2011
They were surprised to find that far-away galaxies were racing away from each other at an ever-increasing speed, because . . .

In our infinite, cyclic cosmos [1]:

a.) Neutron-emission from the surface of a neutron star - driven by neutron repulsion [2] - occurs faster from smaller fragments of parent neutron stars, just as

b.) Water evaporates occurs faster from smaller water droplets!

This discovery negates the need for

c.) A "Big Bang" origin of the universe, and

d.) "Dark Energy" to keep it expanding!


1. "Is the Universe Expanding?", Journal of Cosmology 13, 4187-4190 (2011)


2. "Neutron repulsion", APEIRON Journal, in press (2011)

With kind regards,
Oliver K. Manuel
Former NASA Principal
Investigator for Apollo
5 / 5 (2) Oct 04, 2011
Spam is not a reasoned response to my questions. Nor do the Nobel prize winners support you nor does their research support you.

Indeed it DISPROVES you. Can't have a cyclic universe that has ACCELERATING expansion.

So just how do Neutron Stars form when neutron repulsion is alleged by you to be so powerful that it stops Black Holes from forming no matter how large the mass?

Ignoring the question won't magically make you right Oliver. The ideas are contradictory and I bet even the Plasma Universe Cranks can see that now that it has been pointed out.

Join The Cause. Force Physorg To Enforce Their Own Rules On Oliver.



2.8 / 5 (6) Oct 04, 2011
Bertrand Russell: "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

It's questionable, who is cocksure here. For example, mainstream physicists don't test the dense aether model, just because they're cocksure, this model is wrong (because they never tested it, etc..). They even don't test the cold fusion and many other findings from the same reason. This obstinate ignorance is strikingly similar (actually dual) to persistence of many crackpots.

Adalbert Chamisso (1781 - 1838): "Pythagoras made one sacrifice to the Gods who sent him this enlightenment; one hundred oxen, slaughtered and burned, professed his gratitude. The oxen, since that day when they scented that a new truth divulged itself, roared inhumanely."

In addition, intelligent people have a good reason to doubt: they have employment and they want to keep it.
not rated yet Oct 04, 2011
Oliver, do you not know of phase 2 of the plan? see kissinger and nixon knew about neutron repulsion and it being the main source of the suns and the universes power but chairman mao did not. as the world all followed their lead in the conspiracy they said it was to prevent nuclear war. however under the guise of that the united states had different reasons. as the climatoligists/scientists destroy our economy and power while funneling money to third world nations for supportung the scam the chinese will soon grow too strong and overpopulated for anyone but the us to even have a chance of stopping the chinese from taking over the world, at that moment neutron repulsion will be officially "discovered" and cheap easy neutron repulsion energy will be used both to power production of weapons and supplies and as weapons of mass destruction themselves in neutron repulsion bombs. saving the united states and allowing us to finally take over the whole world without looking like the bad guys...
1 / 5 (3) Oct 04, 2011
Sub: Universe-Multi-Universe-Cosmos
Multi Universe Concept as part of cosmos -introduced by me during Dec 1999 and Cosmology Knowledge Expansion -from Heart and Center of Unieverse.See my books and scribd
Cosmology needs best of Brains trust.
It is a welcome trend to see curiosity to sustain the Spirit of Cosmology Studies. The origins cosmology Vedas Interlinks help in this direction for east West Interaction.
Vidyardhi nanduri [Visitor-Chicago]
not rated yet Oct 07, 2011
So how do we know we which way we are expanding in relation to the other stars based on our perspective? If what we see from our view point is millions of years in the past; meaning all the stars we study as points of references. Maybe we are going down the proverbial toilet bowl and moving away from the other stars towards an ultimate demise in a black hole death spiral. This would be one explanation for the acceleration and a back hole can be considered a form of dark energy. Everyone seems to think this expansion is a result of the Big Bang, but what if the process has stopped millions of years ago and we are now reversing towards the collapse cycle and the acceleration we see is based on this shift.
not rated yet Oct 07, 2011
Something else to consider, if matter was accelerating outward would the laws of physics and gravity more accurately explain gravity, elliptical orbits, and mass forming circles as compared to a collapsing universe with increased pressure that would cause gases to condense and orbits to form? Sort of a whirlpool effect if you would. If you compare an explosion event to our Big Bang created universe that is accelerating would matter exhibit its present state if it were expanding at an increased rate or more likely to exhibit the apparent characteristics of acceleration and gravity caused by the pressures of a collapse ?

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