Titan and Mercury: Challenges to Billions of Years

first_img(Visited 47 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 News from Titan and Mercury continue to challenge current theories that they formed billions of years ago.MercuryScience Magazine highlighted new results from the MESSENGER spacecraft, now orbiting the inner planet, about deep ice found in shadowed craters in its polar regions.  For ice to be stable, it would have to be at a very low temperature to avoid loss by sublimation, requiring it remain permanently blocked from the heat of the nearby sun, and blanketed with an insulating layer of dust.  Theoretically, such temperatures can be achieved in shadowed craters, but can such deep deposits of water ice and organics be expected to survive for billions of years?1.  Planetary scientists are never at a loss to rescue the old ages with various “scenarios” of how the ice stays there.  Neumann et al. published evidence for bright and dark deposits at the poles.  The dark areas may have a protective blanket over the ice, but light areas appear to be “deposits of nearly pure water ice up to several meters thick.”  To account for these, they had to invoke comets as delivery vehicles to replenish the ice over geologic time:Detailed thermal models suggest that surface temperatures in the majority of the high-latitude craters with RB [radar-bright] deposits that MLA [Mercury laser altimeter] has observed to date are too warm to support persistent water ice at the surface, but the temperatures in their shadowed areas are compatible with the presence of surficial dark organic material. Modeled subsurface temperatures in these dark regions are permissive of stable water ice beneath a ~10-cm-thick layer of thermally insulating material. In contrast, thermal modeling of the bright areas is supportive of surface water ice. This interpretation of the surface reflectance at 1064 nm is fully consistent with the radar results as well as with neutron spectroscopic measurements of Mercury’s polar regions. The bright and dark areas can be ascribed collectively to the deposition of water and organic volatiles derived from the impacts of comets or volatile-rich asteroids on Mercury’s surface and migrated to polar cold traps via thermally stimulated random walk.2.  In another paper in the same issue of Science, Lawrence et al. agree with the comet hypothesis.  There’s a lot of water up there:Combined neutron and radar data are best matched if the buried layer consists of nearly pure water ice. The upper layer contains less than 25 weight % water-equivalent hydrogen. The total mass of water at Mercury’s poles is inferred to be 2 × 1016 to 1018 grams and is consistent with delivery by comets or volatile-rich asteroids.Even so, depletion of the ice by sublimation is rapid enough that they said, “The average thickness of the upper layer inferred from neutron spectrometry therefore suggests that Mercury’s polar water ice was emplaced sometime in the last 18 to 70 My” [million years], a tiny fraction of the assumed 4.5 billion years Mercury has supposedly been orbiting the sun.3.  Paige et al. took on the task of modeling how long water ice could survive for billions of years.  Yes, sublimation can be very slow (1 mm per billion years) if the conditions are right.  A lot depends on the assumptions and the temperature:…the temperature at which a water ice deposit can be considered thermally stable depends on the time scale under consideration. At a temperature of 102 K, for instance, a meter-thick layer of pure water ice would sublimate to space in 1 billion years, whereas at a temperature of 210 K, a meter-thick layer of pure water ice would sublimate in 35 days.But under certain measured conditions, a one-meter depth of ice would sublimate in just 1000 years, they said:Today, thick deposits of ground ice are found near 75°N in areas with biannual maximum surface temperatures in excess of 150 K. At these temperatures, pure exposed water ice deposited by a cometary impact would sublimate at a rate of 1 m per 1000 years. The ice deposit would disappear on time scales of tens of thousands of years if not thermally protected by a ~10-cm-thick layer of overlying ice-free material, but this geometry is problematic because the time scales for burial to these depths by impact-gardened soil from adjacent regions is estimated to be on the order of tens of millions of years.In short, they decided that the dark deposits require replenishment.  “Because metastable ice deposits must accumulate on time scales that are shorter than those at which they sublimate, the formation of the MLA-dark deposits by sublimation lag is compatible with episodic deposition of water and other volatiles by asteroids and comets.”4. In a review of these three papers in the same issue, Paul G. Lucey described a “wet and volatile Mercury” that requires ongoing dynamical processing to last very long.  His description of what is required sounds like a stretch, a composite explanation of maybe this, maybe that:Mercury’s polar cold traps appear to have been filled by one or more comet impacts that introduced massive quantities of water and other volatile vapors in the tenuous atmosphere that promptly migrated to the polar cold traps. Ices began to immediately sublimate, and to acquire organic lag deposits, probably from radiation-induced chemical synthesis. The colder parts of the poles now exhibiting radar anomalies retained water ice below the lag deposit, while in warmer portions the ice entirely sublimed away, leaving the low-reflectance organic residue. Not depicted are the rare very-high-reflectance spots that are confined to the coldest portions of the pole. These may indicate a slow continuous production of water from small wet meteorites, solar wind proton interactions with oxygen in Mercury’s surface, or inhibition by the very low temperatures of the organic synthesis occurring elsewhere.He says “the new data reveal a dynamic history of these deposits,” meaning that theory requires a dynamic history, not that the data actually reveal it.  The water ice won’t last long.  It requires continual resupply:The results also show that the charging of the cold traps can temporarily overcome thermal instability and can be used to derive a high lower limit on the amount of water vapor that can be at least transiently retained in a transient atmosphere of Mercury in a comet impact to account for the distribution of the dark deposits.TitanFar out in the cold at Saturn, Titan presents other long age problems.  After 8 and 1/2 years in orbit, the Cassini spacecraft has radar-mapped about 50% of the surface.  A study of Titan’s 30 or so craters discovered so far, compared with those on the comparably sized moon Ganymede at Jupiter, shows Titan’s craters generally shallower, suggesting infilling of some sort.  Some suggest the sand from the ubiquitous dunes that belt the equatorial regions.  A NASA press release echoed on Science Daily describes the head-scratching required between finding sources of methane (rapidly depleted by the solar wind) and crater-filling mechanisms, as revealed by the number of “However” clauses:“Since the sand appears to be produced from the atmospheric methane, Titan must have had methane in its atmosphere for at least several hundred million years in order to fill craters to the levels we are seeing,” says Neish. However, researchers estimate Titan’s current supply of methane should be broken down by sunlight within tens of millions of years, so Titan either had a lot more methane in the past, or it is being replenished somehow.Team members say it’s possible that other processes could be filling the craters on Titan: erosion from the flow of liquid methane and ethane for example. However, this type of weathering tends to fill a crater quickly at first, then more slowly as the crater rim gets worn down and less steep. If liquid erosion were primarily responsible for the infill, then the team would expect to see a lot of partially filled craters on Titan. “However, this is not the case,” says Neish. “Instead we see craters at all stages; some just beginning to be filled in, some halfway, and some that are almost completely full. This suggests a process like windblown sand, which fills craters and other features at a steady rate.”For those who want to relive the exciting landing of the Huygens Probe on Titan 8 years ago this month, Astrobiology Magazine posted the European Space Agency’s latest animation re-creating its bouncy, skidding landing from various angles.  Viewers will notice the cloud of dry dust cast up into the atmosphere, re-emphasizing the contrast between the predicted global ocean and the reality of a mostly dry world.One measure of the strength of a scientific hypothesis is the number of auxiliary hypotheses required.  A recent creation of these worlds requires very few additional assumptions.  But when secular astronomers have to bring in boatloads of comets and “wet asteroids” to keep Mercury’s poles icy, or an unknown mechanism for keeping Titan’s methane “replenished somehow” (see the hands wave), the burden is on them.last_img read more

Will Google Chrome OS Bring Us the Mythical GDrive?

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Picasa, unlike Docs, is a combination of desktop software and a web service. The service’s Web Albums feature is more like flickr, a place where photos are shared either publicly or privately with friends and family. However, it’s the desktop software that provides the organizational and editing tools needed to manage your photo library. Integrating Picasa into Google Docs now would only be a partially complete user experience – you still need the desktop software component to access all the functionality the service provides. Maybe Google is waiting to provide that complete experience via Chrome OS? It’s not that far-fetched. Picasa is already available in a Linux version (and Chrome OS will sit on a Linux kernel). But perhaps what really has us hopeful was one extra word in the Google Chrome OS announcement: “…most of the user experience takes place on the web.”Most? Maybe Chrome OS will let you manage your photos via desktop software that integrates with a web service and is accessible via your Google Docs interface? Will that interface then be “GDrive?” GDrive Needs Music…Or Does It? If you can’t save your tunes online to your cloud storage drive, then you don’t really have any cloud storage drive worth using, do you? Even if Google Docs added in Picasa, we’d still be looking at an incomplete GDrive solution if we didn’t have access to our music. For GDrive to become the true “hard drive in the sky” it needs to accommodate other sorts of files besides just documents and photos. It would make sense if Google leveraged their existing partnership with Amazon, who provides the music store on the T-Mobile G1 and the myTouch 3G, phones running Google’s mobile phone OS called Android. With Amazon’s online interface, you can already browse, listen to samples, and buy MP3s via the web. The question is, will Chrome OS integrate some sort of music store for letting you buy music (maybe via Amazon) from your computer? And if so, will you be able to download and save those files to the hard drive of the computer itself? Or will Google come up with some revolutionary new “music in the cloud” service that lets you accumulate an online library of songs available at any time for streaming from your computer? Or then again, does Chrome OS even need an iTunes alternative in order to compete? Maybe they will simply offer a web app like Pandora. There have been no hints as to what direction Google will go with this or if they will ignore users’ need for music altogether in the new OS.But like this author’s sister recently said after being told about Chrome OS: “why would I want a computer that couldn’t run iTunes?”We hope Google will keep that in mind.GDrive and Video? Would a true GDrive solution offer a way for users to store video files, too? It almost seems redundant to have an online storage system for video since Google also owns the giant video sharing portal that is YouTube. Still, you couldn’t really have a cloud storage system that restricted you to storing only documents and photos and call it “GDrive.” But integrating the supposed GDrive with YouTube – especially via Chrome OS – could be tough. Today, videos still need to be on your computer’s hard drive for editing purposes. And, of course, uploading a file from your computer is how you get them online to sites like YouTube. Althouugh GDrive could easily include a way for you to view your online files at YouTube, getting them there via Chrome OS would be more difficult. However, if Chrome OS allowed you to save files on its hard drive, then the YouTube uploader built into Chrome could simply know to look in that particular video storage location when you go to publish them online. Making this a seamless experience for the end user would be the challenge. Again, there are no hints as to Google’s plans in this department, but it would seem odd if Chrome OS didn’t attempt to integrate one of Google’s top properties deep into its system. What Else?Although this article is just pure speculation, we think that if we ever see GDrive revealed, there’s a chance that it would occur when it’s introduced as a part of Chrome OS. What do you think? Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez Tags:#Google#web Last week, Google announced some interface changes to their Google Docs service that are designed to make finding your files easier. The changes are relatively minor – the “shared with” list has gone away, there’s a new “Sharing” menu, and you now have the ability to save your searches – but that hasn’t stopped some bloggers from theorizing that the shiny new UI is bringing us one step closer to the often theorized, yet never realized, “Google Drive” service, aka “your hard drive in the cloud.”Although we know this service exists in some form as an internal tool, Google has yet to release a version for public use. But with the latest announcements about the new Chrome operating system, we wonder: will Google Drive finally become a reality thanks to Chrome OS?Hints of GDriveIn January of this year, blogger Brian Ussery discovered an interesting tidbit of information tucked into a file used by Google Pack, the bundle of tools that Google thinks computer users need to set up a new machine. The file contained a reference to a product called GDrive, described as an “online file backup and storage” system:“GDrive provides reliable storage for all of your files, including photos, music and documents. GDrive allows you to access your files from anywhere, anytime, and from any device – be it from your desktop, web browser or cellular phone.”Of course, the blogosphere immediately went crazy over this information, sure that this time Google Drive was about to become a reality. And yet, like all the times before, nothing happened. GDrive didn’t launch, Google didn’t release any announcement, and disappointed bloggers everywhere moved on…again. Still, the hope for a true GDrive system just won’t die. It very well may be one of the blogosphere’s longest-running rumors. And now, with the recent announcement of Google’s new Chrome Operating System, an OS where “web-based applications will automatically work,” we wonder: will the mythical GDrive be included with the OS?GDrive Needs Picasa IntegrationFrom what we already know, Google has somewhat integrated Picasa into the backend of Google Docs, but, for whatever reason, they have not yet switched this on. To see what we mean, visit this link: http://docs.google.com/#photos. You’ll be taken to Google Docs where a message will appear “No Photos.” In other words, Picasa image search works in Google Docs, but there’s nothing for it to search until the two services are fully integrated. But this functionality was discovered nearly a year ago. What’s the holdup? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Pamilar rues errors, praises team’s fighting spirit in loss to Pocari

first_imgPalace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Hardest part was saying goodbye Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Power Smashers coach Nes Pamillar. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPower Smashers head coach Nes Pamilar said Saturday that it was his team’s flurry of errors and poor reception that ultimately ended their comeback bid against Pocari Sweat in their semifinals series in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.The Lady Warriors upended the Power Smashers in five sets, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25, 15-12, to take a 1-0 series lead.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The Power Smashers were still in the match, 10-10, in the fifth period before Pocari scored three straight points to put some distance between the two teams. “We hung on, we just couldn’t minimize the errors, but the willingness to win event though we were down two sets was there,” said Pamilar. “The heart is there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “For most of the match, our first ball was really the problem and that caused us to go two sets down,” said Pamilar. “I just told my team to forget about the loss because we already know what our mistakes are.” Those mistakes are the 39 free points the Power Smashers gave the Lady Warriors in the form of errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe last one spelled disastrous for Pamilar’s team when guest player Kannika Tipachot, who had a game-high 20 points, hit a wide one to give Pocari the win.Pamilar, however, couldn’t help but praise his team for showing the guts to drag the Lady Warriors to a thrilling fifth set. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

CWG 2014: Indian flag shown upside down in official video song

first_imgThe Indian tricolour was shown upside down in the official CWG video songIndia has hit the headlines for reasons other than sporting in the just-begun Commonwealth Games here after it came to light that the country’s flag was shown upside down in the official song for the 11-day event.The official song titled “Let the Games Begin” is also the Glasgow Children’s 2014 anthem for Unicef.The song features the flags of all the participating countries but the makers have blundered while showcasing the tricolour.India, who finished second in the medals in the previous edition of the event in Delhi, has sent a 215-strong contingent this time.The Games kicked off yesterday with a colourful opening ceremony here.last_img

Ohio State womens volleyball ready for homestand against Indiana and Purdue

Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary (11) serves the ball during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerA change in mindset might alter the fortunes of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team this weekend.After dropping eight straight Big Ten matches, junior defensive specialist Alyssa Winner said the Buckeyes have a new focus point going into their next match.“This new thing we want to do is (win) five points at a time, so five sets of five in each game,” she said.Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe said the new outlook can help keep the team from looking too far ahead.“Kind of keeping the game in sight, not thinking about 25 (the number of points needed to win a set) automatically,” she said. “Thinking about first to five, first to 10 (instead).”OSU is scheduled to embrace this new philosophy as the team returns to St. John Arena this weekend to host Indiana at 7 p.m. Friday before welcoming No. 14 Purdue at the same time Saturday.The Hoosiers are one of only two Big Ten teams OSU has bested this season, along with Michigan, and also represent the Buckeyes’ most recent Big Ten victory.Since beating Indiana in five sets Oct. 5 in Bloomington, Ind., OSU has not won a match. Most recently, the Buckeyes lost to then-No. 14 Michigan State Nov. 1, before dropping a 3-2 decision at No. 17 Michigan Nov. 2.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary, who tallied a career-high 31 kills against the Wolverines, said there are still positives to take from the loss.“There’s a lot we can take from that game, I think we played really well,” she said. “We battled the whole game.”Leary said the team is getting close to a breakthrough.“Our team played well, so we’re getting closer to that win that we need,” she said. “(We’ll) just work really hard this week to get that ‘W’ this weekend.”Junior setter Taylor Sherwin agreed there can be positives taken from the losses in Michigan, but added there is room for growth going forward.“We just keep growing as a team and keep staying together and fighting on the court with each other,” she said.Winner said she is excited to be back on the Buckeyes’ home court, especially coming off another road trip.“It’ll feel really good, since we were away last weekend and we need to get a win,” she said. “Having our fans behind us will be great. It’ll be nice to be back here and not have to travel.”While the team will have the home support for its matches against Indiana and Purdue, the homestand will be short-lived. The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road again next weekend for matches against No. 9 Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 15 and No. 16 Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Nov. 17. read more

Track and Field Past Ohio State Rachel Weber still running toward dream

Rachel Weber running at Tracktown USA last June during the NCAA championship. Credit: Courtesy of Rachel Weber.She keeps her head up, chin down, eyes level while gliding through each stride with even distance as her hair whisks side to side. Rachel Weber, a fifth-year at Ohio State in strategic communications, is a runner’s runner.“I just fell in love with it and I fell in love and competing and the adrenaline that you get,” Weber said.Weber finished 13th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Tracktown USA last June in Eugene, Oregon. It was the last time she would run for the Buckeyes, but she doesn’t plan for it to be her last visit to that track.Although she has ran out of eligibility at Ohio State, this was not her last meet competing against other collegiate programs.Ohio State has continued to have ties to Weber’s post-collegiate running career almost a year after she took off her scarlet and gray jersey.Professional track and field isn’t as straightforward as well-known leagues like the NBA or NFL. Runners sometimes compete for track clubs, which are often smaller in scale, or they receive sponsorships from brands like Nike, Asics and Adidas that allow them to support their career.There also is separation between professional and post-collegiate. Weber runs for Columbus Running Company and it supports her. However she is not getting a salary to run for it, although it pays her for as an employee who works at its store.“I am really, really fortunate that Columbus Running Company supports me and they help support gear, travel and teammates and it’s awesome,” Weber said. “When I graduate hopefully I will be looking to be up more on that professional level with a professional contract.”She has a new coach, Rob Meyers, an Ohio State alumnus who has the fourth-fastest 1,500-meter time (3:41) in school history and the fifth-fastest mile time (4:03) in school history.Meyers met Weber through the running camps that he and his family host in the summer. Weber was a volunteer who brought an infectious smile to running, Meyers said.“I knew that she was really energetic and positive. She was passionate for the sport,” Meyers said. “As for as the running camp side of things go, we obviously invited her back.”Their relationship changed last summer when Weber reached out to Meyers to become her personal coach.“First I was a little caught off guard, but the more I thought about it, she needed to stay in Columbus to finish her education” Meyers said. “It seemed like something that I was able to work out and I was excited about.”Beyond working with Weber, Meyers coaches cross country and track and field at Fairfield Union High School. Weber has assisted him, working as a volunteer coach and training there for outdoor season. Competing for Columbus Running Company has sometimes led Weber to race against her old teammates. In the indoor season, Weber ran at the Meyo Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.“Meyo is one of the nearest and dearest meets to my heart. For I have had several really, really poor races there.” Weber said, “Like some of the worst races in my entire college career.”This past Meyo Invitational had some slight differences. Mainly, she was competing against Ohio State in the 800-meter run, the event in which she set the school record several months before — though none of Ohio State’s runners competed in the same heat.Weber’s goals for the meet also slightly changed. This year it was to make the U.S. Track and Field standard at 2:03 and the International Association of Athletics Federations standard at 2:02. Weber won her heat, but she ran a 2:07.Even while no longer with the Buckeyes, there was nothing new to the meet for Weber.“Even in college like we would show up with the team but then it was like I had my own up and a lot of times I was the only one running a certain event,” Weber said. “I had to get really good at being independent and having my own warmup routine and own warmup schedule.”During the winter, Weber also trained at the French Field House alongside the current Buckeyes and intermingled with them between exercises. She even saw a personal trainer from Ohio State before her practice. Sara Vergote, Ohio State’s distance and cross country coach, took some time and helped Weber out during one of her most intense practices of the year, in which the goal was for Weber to push herself as far as she could possibly go. Vergote said she stopped Weber when she started to lose her running form and risk injury. All along this road, Weber was driven by her love for running. Speed just followed her afterward.She started running 5ks with her mom, Christine Weber-Wheeler, when she was just five years old. Growing up Weber wanted always wanted to be an athlete — just in soccer. “I played club soccer and so I always envisioned myself like oh, ‘I’m going to be the next Mia Hamm,’” Weber said.But her passion switched to track, specifically the 400-meter dash. At Dublin Coffman, she moved up to the 800-meter run and finished third at the high school state championship meet, then came to Ohio State. During her time at Ohio State she broke the school record for the 800-meter run record (2:02) and posted the second-fastest 1,500-meter run. Weber’s passion for running spreads out much further though than the events she ran or the times she has clocked.“Like I still would choose to run again and again and again because of the friendships that it’s given me and the fulfillment that it gives you,” Weber said.She has gone to the Columbus Marathon, not to run, but to cheer on the runners. In addition to her work at Fairfield Union, she also volunteers at Dublin Coffman.“She is an amazing influence to have for these athletes.” Meyers said.For Weber, the Olympics has been the dream, but she knows the odds can be tough to predict. Olympic qualifying at Tracktown USA — back in Eugene — happens one day every three years.“I think it’s a wonderful gift to have to be able to compete and experience the joy and the freedom that running bring me.” Weber said, “So my goal is to enjoy the entire process leading up to the Olympics.” read more

Rice U physicist available to discuss Large Hadron Collider results

first_imgShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] U. physicist available to discuss Large Hadron Collider resultsPadley can comment on direct coupling of Higgs boson, bottom quarkRice University particle physicist Paul Padley, one of the scientific team leaders at the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC) Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, is available to discuss the latest findings about the Higgs boson.The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced today that both the CMS and ATLAS experiments — the same groups that jointly announced the discovery of the Higgs in 2012 — have each submitted scientific publications reporting definitive evidence of Higgs particles decaying into bottom quarks.Padley, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rice, said the find is extremely important because the direct decay of the Higgs boson to bottom quarks is actually the most frequent of all possible Higgs decays.“We have to be able to measure the things that we’re pretty confident about before we can go around measuring things that are complete surprises,” Padley said. “The Higgs-to-bottom quark coupling was an extraordinary experimental challenge because many processes can mimic the signature we needed to find.”Padley can discuss the science behind the Higgs decay and the role he and others from Rice, including students, played in the discovery, and he can explain the scientific challenges involved in finding and verifying the evidence of the decay.The new observation, together with earlier evidence that the Higgs couples to both top quarks and tau leptons, represents important steps toward a full understanding of the Higgs boson, but Padley said it will likely take another decade to “really sort out, in detail, what is going on with the Higgs.”Padley said physicists working at the LHC hope to find new physics that update our understanding of nature, and a detailed study of the Higgs boson may reveal that new physics.“We have to be prepared to find new physics at any point along the way,” he said.The LHC, a massive $6 billion machine that smashes together beams of particles traveling at nearly the speed of light, was built, in part, to find the Higgs, the last observed particle out of 18 that are contained in the set of equations known as the Standard Model that describes the fundamental forces and building blocks of atoms.Rice University has a VideoLink ReadyCam TV interview studio. ReadyCam is capable of transmitting broadcast-quality standard-definition and high-definition video directly to all news media organizations around the world 24/7. Rice also has a university backdrop and light kit for Skype interviews.To schedule an interview with Padley, contact: Jeff Falk, 713-348-6775 or [email protected]; or Jade Boyd, 713-348-6778 or [email protected] for download:http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/07/0704-HIGGS-Padley2-b.jpgPhoto courtesy of Rice University.This media advisory can be found online at news.rice.edu.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,970 undergraduates and 2,934 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview. AddThislast_img read more