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Thank You Guido
It is with great sadness that I heard (reading it here first) about the passing away of Guido Altarelli, a very distinguished Italian theoretical physicist. Altarelli is best known for the formulas that bear his name, the Altarelli-Parisi equations (also known as DGLAP since it was realized that ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Researchers' Night 2015
Last Friday I was invited by the University of Padova to talk about particle physics to the general public, in occasion of the "Researchers Night", a yearly event organized by the European Commission which takes place throughout Europe - in 280 cities this year. Of course I gladly accepted the ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Celebrate Science Indiana
If you live in Indiana, or at least near Indianapolis, you should go to the Celebrate Science Indiana science festival in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Saturday 3 October 2015 from 9:30am-5:30pm—it’s free. The Celebrate Science Indiana science festival is for ...
By Steve Schuler
Why Are Hydrated Salts A Slam Dunk Case For Flowing Water On Mars? And What Next?
Now we know, it's the second of those "Three mysteries" which they solved - by detection of water in the RSLs.  However, they didn't directly detect flowing water. Instead, they found hydrated salts. So let's look at this a bit more closely - why are they so confident this is evidence ...
By Robert Walker
Ocean Circulation Rethink Solves Global Cooling Conundrum
Researchers from the University of Exeter believe they have solved one of the biggest puzzles in climate science. The new study, published in Nature Geoscience, explains the synchrony observed during glacial periods when low temperatures in the Southern Ocean correspond with low levels of atmospheric ...
By News Staff
Better Trap For Greenhouse Gases
Emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels like coal, petroleum and natural gas tend to collect within Earth's atmosphere as "greenhouse gases" that are blamed for escalating global warming. So researchers around the globe are on a quest for materials capable of capturing and storing greenhouse ...
By News Staff
Pinpointing Gene That Regulates Repair And Regeneration In Adult Lungs
The sonic hedgehog gene, best known for controlling embryonic development, also maintains the normal physiological state and repair process of an adult healthy lung, if damaged, according to new research.  Tissues are not all created equal in their ability to regenerate. Skin and blood cells ...
By News Staff
The Solution To A 50-year-old Riddle: Why Certain Cells Repel One Another
When cells from the connective tissue collide, they repel one another - this phenomenon was discovered more than 50 years ago. It is only now, however, that researchers at the University of Basel have discovered the molecular basis for this process, as they report in the journal Developmental Cell ...
By News Staff
VB-111 Gene Therapy Doubles Survival In Recurrent Glioblastoma
Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain cancer that kills two-thirds of patients within five years. A patient's outlook with recurrence of the disease is considered to be weeks or months.An experimental gene therapy essentially doubled the overall survival of patients with recurrent glioblastoma ...
By News Staff
Root Microbiome Engineering Improves Plant Growth
Humans have been breeding crops until they're bigger and more nutritious since the early days of agriculture, but genetic manipulation isn't the only way to give plants a boost. In a review paper, two integrative biologists present how it is possible to engineer the plant soil microbiome to improve ...
By News Staff
Lung Cancer Screening Programs Do Not Increase Rates Of Unnecessary Surgeries
Lung cancer screening programs that utilize standardized reporting and include cardiothoracic surgeons as part of a multidisciplinary team can successfully be adopted into clinical practice without an increase in surgical intervention for non-cancerous disease, according to an article in the October ...
By News Staff
Replacing Exercise With A Pill
Everyone knows that exercise improves health, and ongoing research continues to uncover increasingly detailed information on its benefits for metabolism, circulation, and improved functioning of organs such as the heart, brain, and liver. With this knowledge in hand, scientists may be better ...
By News Staff
The Turing Fiasco Actually Is An Argument For Fixed Drug Prices
There have been a number of articles in the press recently about drug patents and pricing.  Much of the recent furor stems from the move by Turing Pharmaceuticals’ CEO Martin Shkreli to increase the price of pyrimethamine (trade name Daraprim), an ancient, generic antibiotic used to treat ...
By David Shlaes
Rare Cancer Responds Unusually Well To New Treatment
Patients with advanced gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) have limited treatment options and there are few oncologists who are specialized in this relatively rare disease. But now results from a multi-center randomized international trial of an innovative treatment show a marked improvement ...
By News Staff
76 Percent Of Millennials Want To Know What’s In Their DNA
More than half (53 percent) of U.S. consumers want to know what’s in their DNA, according to a new survey, yet only 7 percent of respondents say that their doctor has discussed genetic screening with them. The nationwide survey, conducted by marketing research company ORC International among ...
By News Staff
Men More Likely To Be Viewed As Creative Thinkers, Finds Survey
People tend to associate the ability to think creatively with stereotypical masculine qualities, according to a paper in Psychological Science, which suggests that the work and achievements of men tend to be evaluated as more creative than similar work and achievements produced by women. Research ...
By News Staff
Graduate Education Is A Mess. Can Universities Fix It?
Colleges and universities in the United States remain among the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the world. But, concerned about rising costs and the job prospects of young men and women with undergraduate degrees, Americans these days tend to view education as more of a business ...
By The Conversation
Ancestry Can Be Determined By Fingerprints
A proof-of-concept study finds that it is possible to identify an individual's ancestral background based on his or her fingerprint characteristics - a discovery with significant applications for law enforcement and anthropological research. "This is the first study to look at this issue at this ...
By News Staff
Online Market For Invasive Plants Is Booming
Goldenrod, Himalayan balsam, Chinese windmill palm: three plants, one problem. All are native to continents other than Europe, but were introduced to Switzerland as garden or ornamental plants. At some point they "escaped" into the wild, where they now threaten the native flora. This phenomenon ...
By News Staff
Almost Half Of US Seafood Supply Is Wasted, Mostly By Consumers
As much as 47 percent of the edible U.S. seafood supply is lost each year, mainly from consumer waste, according to a paper in Global Environmental Change, which takes advantage of a recent spotlight on the sustainability of the world's seafood resources.  The 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines ...
By News Staff
MASC Artificial Teeth Are As Tough As Real Ones
Teeth and seashells are among the stronger, more durable things in nature. The secret of these materials lies in their unique fine structure: they are composed of different layers in which numerous micro-platelets are joined together, aligned in identical orientation in each layer.Mimicking that ...
By News Staff
Understanding Self-Control: Eating And Spending Are Different Public Policy Issues
You can resist buying a candy bar while you're waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store--but you'll buy any pair of shoes that are on sale. Your best friend, in contrast, wouldn't dream of buying a pair of shoes he thinks he doesn't need, no matter how low the price--but he can't resist ...
By News Staff
G.K.Chesterton (1874 – 1936) visited the United States twice, in 1921 and 1930.  I...  more »
While smoking rates are rising in the Third World, and declining in America, one statistic seems...  more »
    The remarkable coincidence of the empirical Pythagorean equation for SM...  more »
What can high school kids do with the Pythagorean theorem that's possibly useful AND cool? You...  more »
NASA has announced that there is flowing liquid water on Mars.  Where there is water...  more »