Faster than light. In nothingness…

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It has long been known that charged particles, such as electrons and protons, produce the electromagnetic equivalent of a sonic boom when their speeds exceed that of photons in the surrounding medium. This effect, known as Cherenkov emission, is responsible for the characteristic blue glow from water in a nuclear reactor, and is used to detect particles at the CERN Large Hadron Collider.

According to Einstein, nothing can travel faster than light in vacuum. Because of this, it is usually assumed that the Cherenkov emission cannot occur in vacuum. But according to quantum theory, the vacuum itself is packed full of “virtual particles,” which move momentarily in and out of existence.

These ghostly particles are usually not observable but, in the presence of extremely strong electric and magnetic fields, they can turn the vacuum into an optical medium where the speed of light is slowed down so that high velocity charged particles can emit Cherenkov gamma rays. This is totally unexpected in a vacuum.

A group of Physics researchers at Strathclyde have found that in extreme conditions, such as found at the focus of the world’s most powerful lasers, and the huge magnetic fields around neutron stars, this ‘polarised’ vacuum can slow down gamma rays just enough for Cherenkov emission to occur. (1)

In the cosmos of phenomena, even nothing is not real.

And in the void of existence, something will always be.

In a universe ruled by light, things still travel faster than it.

Defying the rules. For the only rule is that there are no rules.

In a cosmos of being, everything can and will exist.

Only to show that being is defining the definitions.

Watch that particle travel faster than light.

It is not traveling at all, you know.

You are…

Ask it and it will tell you. It is standing still.

Watching you traveling faster than light…

And yet, it makes the same mistake as you did.

It never asked you whether you feel running…

Pluto. The lonely planet…

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New Horizons.

A historic fly-by. Near Pluto. (1)

Pluto, the planet (yes, I still call him a “planet”, I am an astronomy-anarchist) furthest from the Sun. A small lonely planet.

Cold and away from the Sun.

But wait a minute.

Why “lonely”?

Why do we keep projecting our own point of view to the others?

We are “lonely” as Pluto sees us from back there.

We are away from his rich neighborhood with his 5 known satellites. (2)

Try to see things from Pluto. Wandering on his cold surface, passing by his high desert mountains, you catch a glimpse of a small blue dot. Close to the hot Sun, with only one satellite. What a lonely planet you think. And keep on walking…

Perception. Being inside. Being outside. A comet’s tail…

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 The European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission has sent back some amazing photos as it approaches comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet and prepares to land on its surface. But we have a question: Where’s the tail?

Gerhard Schwehm, former manager of the Rosetta mission, tells Popular Science that the tail as we see it from Earth looks very different up close. “It’s like being in fog,” he says.

Looking at a foggy city from far away, the buildings can seem smothered in a thick gray cloud. But walk the streets and it’s a different story. Clouds of particles can reflect and refract a great deal of light over long distances while still being completely transparent up close.

In a comet’s case, the cloud isn’t very thick at all. (1)

See things from the inside.
See things from the outside.

Nothing is the same.
Not in time.
Not in perspective.
Not in perception.
Not even with itself.

A cosmos created by our mind.
A cosmos full of manifestations of our mind.
A cosmos so illusionary, that it can only be true.

Stop thinking.
Just accept what you experience.
The comet has a tail.
The comet does not have a tail.
All at the same time…

Gut, viruses, life itself…

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Odds are, there’s a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. A new study has found that more than half the world’s population is host to a newly described virus, named crAssphage, which infects one of the most common gut bacterial species, Bacteroides. This bacterium thought to be connected with obesity, diabetes and other gut-related diseases. (1)

We are all sick.
We all have viruses and bacteria inside us.
We all have that disease called “life”.
And it has 100% mortality rate.
Can you live with that?

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