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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
Can JP Aerospace's Future Giant Airships Slowly Accelerate To Orbit? Looking At The Numbers
A while back I wrote my article "Can Giant Airships Slowly Accelerate to Orbit Over Several Days" . It lead to a lot of discussion and as usual whenever you discuss John Powell's ideas, there were physicists and aeroengineers saying it is impossible. So anyway as part of this I had an especially ...
By Robert Walker
IAU Planet Definition Has "Use Before Date" - Within Decades - Let's Call Pluto, Ceres & Our Moon Planets Right Now!
The IAU famously decided that Pluto is not a planet any more, calling it a "dwarf planet" instead, along with Ceres. However, their definition works as well as it does only because of a historical accident of our solar system and the bodies we have discovered in it so far. There are good reasons ...
By Robert Walker
Debunked:The Planetary Protection Racket - Zubrin's Claim That There Is No Need To Protect Earth From Mars Microbes
This is an article by the space engineer and Mars colonization enthusiast Robert Zubrin, The Planetary Protection Racket claiming that we don’t need to protect Earth from Mars microbes or Mars from Earth microbes. This is not the first time he has said controversial things like this, and they ...
By Robert Walker
NASA's NOT RISKY Plan - Drill Into BASE Of Yellowstone Magma Chamber - Generate Electricty - Stop Eruptions CENTURIES From Now
This is a good example of a story that has morphed and changed as it gets passed from one paper to another. They all cite the same source, from the BBC but the reporters haven’t read the source. I think they just read each other. The science is actually rather interesting. But just about everything ...
By Robert Walker
If Regular Farming Is Now "Factory" Style, Why Do Only 0.4% Of Farms Pay Estate Taxes?
The President has declared he is against the Estate tax, and he is not alone. For decades it has seemed punitive to levy a special tax on wealth people already paid taxes on just because the person who paid the taxes died. In North Dakota, President Trump said he would "protect small businesses ...
By Hank Campbell
Cold Houses Are Far More Likely To Kill Us Than Heat Waves
A pervasive myth in Australia is that hot weather is the greatest danger to our health. In reality, it’s more likely cold weather will kill you. For all our concern about the dangers of heatwaves, simple analysis of mortality data suggests the cold months present a much greater health risk. Almost ...
By The Conversation
Moon Water May Be More Common Than We Think
Satellite data have detected widespread water within ancient explosive volcanic deposits on the Moon. That means its interior may contain more indigenous water than previously believed. The ancient deposits are believed to consist of glass beads formed by the explosive eruption of magma coming ...
By News Staff
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
Childhood Obesity May Be A Psychological Disorder
Researchers looked at frequency magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) images to compare neural responses to food cues in overweight and normal weight adolescents. They noted that food stimuli activated regions of the brain associated with reward and emotion in all groups but overweight adolescents ...
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
In Early Stage Breast Cancer, Even Small Tumors Can Be Aggressive
Even small tumors can be aggressive, according to a study in patients with early stage breast cancer presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid.  They found that nearly one in four small tumors were aggressive and patients benefited from chemotherapy. Aggressive tumors could be identified ...
By News Staff
'Good' Cholesterol Also Linked With Excessive Mortality
Center for Science in the Public Interest, a litigation group that sues food companies, may be dusting off some of its old materials after new report which finds "good" cholesterol, also known as HDL, might not be as good as we think.The new paper contradicts findings from the last 25 years that ...
By News Staff
Licorice Is A Hot Alternate Medicine Trend For Hot Flashes, But Is It Safe With Real Medicine?
Licorice roots have a diverse history, having been used throughout history as a flavoring agent and as an ingredient in some licorice candies, while in ancient Egyptian times it was a tea and the Chinese used it for medicinal purposes. One trend in the alternative medicine movement, which seeks ...
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
Fast Food Restaurant Density Correlated To Lower Levels Of Obesity
We know that corporations go where their market is. Whole Foods sets up shop in wealthy, progressive counties while smaller companies like Monsanto market to rural farmers. What about fast food companies? The claims have been that since there are obese people near places where high densities of ...
By Hank Campbell
World Won't End Tomorrow 23rd September - Don't Kill Yourself Over This BS- Advice To Help Those Anxious, Scared And Suicidal
I'm getting numerous pm's from very scared and sometimes suicidal people who think the world will end tomorrow. To those who are scared and suicidal - what do you do if you are scared like this? I've written this article to help you. If you are feeling suicidal right now, of course contact any ...
By Robert Walker
Most Americans Get Science News From Corporate Media - And That's Bad
Though every politician and both U.S. parties claim to be pro-science, that isn't reflected in corporate media coverage. The New York Times will publish conspiracy theories drafted by US Right To Know, a corporate front group created by Organic Consumers Association. Washington Post will host a ...
By Hank Campbell
Letters From Indochina, 1952-54: The Tragic Story Of A 18 Year Old Enrolled In The Legion Etrangere
In 1952 my uncle Antonio, then 18 years old, left his family home in Venice, Italy to never return, running away from the humiliation of a failure at school. With a friend he reached the border with France and crossed it during the night, chased by border patrols and wolves. Caught by the French ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Nibiru As Daft As Extra Continent In Pacific - Not Particularly Christian - Bullshitter - 23rd September Numerology Nonsense
I thought I should do another debunking article, as there are lots of people who are getting really scared by this BS. The Daily Express particularly is promoting David Meade's book heavily with more than two articles a day on this totally non notable author for the last week. The other "red top ...
By Robert Walker
Until recently, we hadn't observed brightening of Boyajian's Star (KIC 8462852) over time. There...  more »
Abstract Physical reality must be simple. This reasoning is the general idea behind Occam’s...  more »
The Voynich Wikiwars - Episode 2This is a follow-on to my previous article about an opinion piece...  more »
Arthur Eddington and others tried numerous times to test Einstein's general theory of relativity...  more »
All across America people are dreaming of a better life, thanks to the government-sponsored gambling...  more »