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The Physics Of Boson Pairs
At 10:00 AM this morning, my smartphone alerted me that in two months I will have to deliver a thorough review on the physics of boson pairs - a 50 page thing which does not yet even exist in the world of ideas. So I have better start planning carefully my time in the next 60 days, to find at least ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Gravitational Wave GW170814 Hits Earth
Three detectors tracking gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes have brought science a little closer to locating a gravitational wave's birthplace in space. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time created when two massive, compact objects such as black holes merge ...
By News Staff
Top Quarks Observed In Proton-Nucleus Collisions For The First Time
The top quark is the heaviest known matter corpuscle we consider elementary. Elementary is an overloaded word in English, so I need to explain what it means in the context of subatomic particles. If we grab a dictionary we get several possibilities, like e.g.- elementary: pertanining to or ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
CMS Reports Evidence For Higgs Decays To B-Quark Pairs
Another chapter in the saga of the search for the elusive, but dominant, decay mode of the Higgs boson has been reported by the CMS collaboration last month. This is one of those specific sub-fields of research where a hard competition arises on the answer to a relatively minor scientific question ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
No, Yellowstone Is Not Going To Erupt As A Supervolcano Soon. No, It Can’t Destroy Mankind!
There are many stories about Yellowstone today by journalists saying it will erupt as a super volcano soon and that the effects will be devastating. No that is not what the study was about.First, there is no sign of it erupting.Then what about the study? The  scientists looked at when it last ...
By Robert Walker
Organic Food Leads To Surge In Manure Methane Emissions
The realization that livestock like cows are ruminants - and produce a lot of methane while chewing - was a real boon to vegetarian activists because they got to say curbing meat would mean less global warming.Methane has 23X the warming power of the more popular CO2 in climate change estimates ...
By News Staff
Bumble Bee Studies Show How Science Can Be Massaged
Two recent studies on the health of bumblebees and links to neonicotinoids were published simultaneously last month in sister publications of the prestigious science journal empire Nature.Both examined closely similar scientific questions, with somewhat different experimental methodologies. They ...
By Jon Entine
USDA Scolds National Organic Program For Lax Enforcement
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General recently did an audit of the National Organic Program, which is part of its Agricultural Marketing Services group.Marketing? Yes, that is the only real thing that the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 set out to accomplish. The AMS ...
By Hank Campbell
The Insect Spreading Citrus Death
In recent years the citrus industry has suffered a dramatic decrease in production. The iconic Florida citrus industry is in a disease-induced decline, ravaged by a pathogen that has cut the production to half of what it was only a decade or so ago.Why is This Happening? This devastating decline ...
By Anne Schwartz
Genetic Quality Of Fathers Influences Gender Of Offspring
In determining the gender of offspring, fathers may be getting shortchanged. Because mothers can influence their offspring in a number of ways, from copulation to birth, while fathers have control over sperm only, it has long been assumed mothers are more important. In mammals, it is also ...
By News Staff
Brain-Computer Interface Turns Thoughts Into A Musical Score
Brain-computer interfaces can replace bodily functions to a certain degree and now they can even compose music. At least in a sense.Derived from an established brain-computer interface method which mainly serves to spell - more accurately - write, a team writing in PLOS One has shown how they developed ...
By News Staff
The Myth Of The “Bee-pocalypse”
Should we ban cars because of their potential to crash? Or stop selling painkillers in case someone takes too many? If we take the logic the EU applies to regulating pesticides, then the answer should be a resounding “yes”. Thankfully, EU lawmakers have looked at the weight of evidence and ...
By Howard Minigh
Cause Of Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma In The Liver Identified
Fibrolamellar hepatocellular carcinoma, a form of liver cancer mainly found among children and young people, currently has surgery as the only treatment available. But even then less than 40 percent of patients will survive beyond five years.It might help to discover what causes it.In a study published ...
By News Staff
Moms Told They Must Sleep On Their Side In Late Pregnancy - But Evidence Is Lacking
Expectant moms get a lot of advice from the Internet, friends, and even strangers. It's a lot of judgment, given that this miracle of birth has already happened 13 billion times without anyone telling mothers to eat purple vegetables or their child won't get into Stanford.The digital age, where ...
By News Staff
Since It's Not Medicine, Medical Students Aren't Trained To Prescribe Medical Marijuana
Although 29 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana use for medical purposes, there is no evidence it is medicine. Obviously some of the reason for that is because it's illegal and therefore hard to study, but regardless of the past it seems odd that scholars at Washington University ...
By News Staff
BPA Exposure In Canada - How Low Can You Go?
A recent analysis of published data on human exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) revealed more than 140 studies with over 85,000 data points from 30 countries.  Taken together the data show that exposure to BPA around the world is hundreds to thousands of times below the science-based safe ...
By Steve Hentges
Does Rope Cause Suicide?
A new paper claims that guns are only involved in 5 percent of suicide attempts but are 50 percent of suicide deaths. Despite everyone claiming to want to be data-driven about gun deaths, few are and this is no exception.  The activist group Americans for Responsible Solutions, founded by ...
By News Staff
Sly Grog Traders: The Sophisticated Methods Of Alcohol Bootleggers In Australia
The dominant Australian community would very much like to keep Indigenous communities from alcohol, but indigenous communities aren't having it. A giant black market has sprung up and such non-government alcohol sells for up to 1100 percent of the retail price.To learn about these "sly grog traders" ...
By News Staff
Smoking Is No Longer Cool Among American Kids - Peer Pressure Is Why
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seem more scared than elated by United States smoking rates. They have migrated from a war on the world's top killer, smoking, to being in a war on a chemical, nicotine.They needn't be concerned. Science and health have won, and it wasn't because of ...
By News Staff
Nomophobia: Made Up Disease Or Real Smartphone Anxiety Condition?
Nomophobia, defined as smartphone separation anxiety,  is when people perceive smartphones as part of their extended selves.Counselors, lawyers and therapists are aggressively pushing it as the fad diagnosis of 2017, but what behaviors and descriptors can help identify people with high ...
By News Staff
Racism Beliefs Prove Why Polling Is Often Worthless
Admittedly, I hold a rather dismal view of my fellow human beings. The average person just isn't all that bright or informed. Google "Jay Leno Jaywalking," "Lie Witness News," or "Florida Man," and you'll see what I mean.That's why I don't understand why pollsters ask Americans what they think ...
By Alex Berezow
Trump: “Must It Be Today Jesus? Three Years Left Of My Presidency!” David Meade’s Bonkers Prophesies For October
This will seem utterly bonkers to most of you. But while reading this please bear in mind that very young children, many as young as 14 and younger, have been driven to the edge of suicide by these prophesies. More on this later but I want to open out by showing to them how bonkers his ideas are ...
By Robert Walker
Trevor Hastie Lectures In Padova
Trevor Hastie, the Stanford University guru on Statistical Learning (he coined the term together with his colleagues Tibshirani and Friedman) is in Padova this week, where he is giving a short course on his pet topic and a seminar. I am happy to report this as this was partly made possible by the ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
What Do CT, MA, NY And California Share In Common? Voting And Anti-Vaccine Beliefs
When corporate media revealed during the 2016 U.S. Presidential election campaign that Donald Trump had expressed anti-vaccine sentiments, Democrats in "blue states breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, journalists could claim anti-vaccine sentiment was bipartisan.Until then, it was solidly embraced ...
By News Staff
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