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Anomaly!: Book News And A Clip
The book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab" is going to press as we speak, and its distribution in bookstores is foreseen for the beginning of November. In the meantime, I am getting ready to present it in several laboratories and institutes. I am posting here ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Post-Doctoral Positions In Experimental Physics For Foreigners
The Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics offers 20 post-doctoral positions in experimental physics to foreigners with a PhD obtained no earlier than November 2008. So if have a PhD (in Physics, but I guess other disciplines are also valid as long as your cv conforms), you like Italy ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
The Daily Physics Problem - 13, 14
While I do not believe that this series of posts can be really useful to my younger colleagues, who will in a month have to participate in a tough selection for INFN researchers in Rome, I think there is some value in continuing what I have started last month. After all, as physicists we are ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
The Mayans May Have Had Their Own Copernicus
The Venus Table of the Dresden Codex, an ancient Mayan book containing astronomical data, has been studied for 120 years, with some confusion and accuracy. If you can recall the Mayan calendar Doomsday prophecy, it stated that at the end of a 13th period of 400 years, known as Baktuns, on the equivalent ...
By News Staff
Chemtrails Just A Conspiracy Theory
Atmospheric scientists overwhelmingly deny the existence of a secret, elite-driven plot to release harmful chemicals into the air from high-flying aircraft, according to the first peer-reviewed journal paper to address the "chemtrails" conspiracy theory. Researchers from the University of California ...
By News Staff
Your Coffee Habits May Be Written In Your DNA
Researchers have identified a DNA variation in a gene called PDSS2 that appears to curb coffee consumption. The authors suggest that the gene reduces the ability of cells to breakdown caffeine, causing it to stay in the body for longer. This means that a person would not need to consume as much ...
By News Staff
Adonis At 1075 Years: Europe's Oldest Known Living Inhabitant
In history, 941 A.D. was unspectacular. Small local politics happened, a temple was built, Kievian Rus and the Byzantine Empire had another outbreak of hostilities - but in modern times, it has an interesting distinction. It was the year Europe's oldest living inhabitant was born.A Bosnian pine ...
By News Staff
The First Stage Of The G Cascade
G proteins are molecular switches on the insides of cell membranes. They convey important signals to the inner workings of the cells. The associated receptors are targeted by all kinds of medications. Scientists are now shedding light on precisely how the individual amino acids of the G protein ...
By News Staff
High And Low Levels Of HDL Cholesterol Linked To Premature Death
Too much cholesterol used to be bad for you. Then some cholesterol was good for you. Now too little cholesterol is bad for you.A giant chunk of the public no longer trusts science, because scientists have not yet put epidemiology over with the social sciences and the humanities on the credibility ...
By News Staff
On Sexuality, You Weren't Born That Way, Says Paper
A new paper by Lawrence S. Mayer, M.B., M.S., Ph.D. and Paul R. McHugh, M.D., both of Johns Hopkins University, uses more than 200 peer-reviewed studies across a variety of scientific fields including epidemiology, genetics, endocrinology, psychiatry, neuroscience, embryology, and pediatrics to ...
By News Staff
Calcium Supplements Linked To Dementia Risk In Women
A new study in Neurology associates calcium supplements with an increased risk of dementia in older women who have had a stroke or other signs of cerebrovascular disease.  Calcium from food affects the body differently than calcium from supplements and is safe or even protective against vascular ...
By News Staff
Long-Term Obesity Linked To Cancer Risk In White US Women
The duration of overweight and obesity in women's adult lives is correlated with cancer risk in a PLOS Medicine longitudinal study. Yet its finding are not going to be taken seriously because they use body mass index (BMI) and link it epidemiologically to the risk of developing several types ...
By News Staff
Helicopter Parenting Has A New Worry: Trampoline Parks
Indoor trampoline park injuries are an "emerging public health concern," warn doctors in Injury Prevention - because over 6 months, 40 children needed medical treatment at just one trauma center following a visit to one of these venues.Yes, they looked at results from one business and declare that ...
By News Staff
Gender Determines Views On Division Of Chores
Wealthy elites try to portray traditional values as something held by poor people, but a new sociology paper contends it is based on gender, not wealth or education. And that's why women are more likely to shoulder the bulk of housekeeping and childhood duties.This even holds for gay couples, where ...
By News Staff
ACA Coverage Hikes Prescription Drug Use - But It's Cheaper
People who gained health coverage following the implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act's coverage expansion sharply increased their use of prescription drugs, while their out-of-pocket spending for medications dropped significantly, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Studying ...
By News Staff
Gender Bias In Surgical Clinical Research
An analysis of about 1,300 peer-reviewed research articles found that few studies included men and women equally, less than one-third performed data analysis by sex, and there was wide variation in inclusion and matching of the sexes among the specialties and the journals reviewed, according to ...
By News Staff
Do Dogs Prefer Praise Or Food?
Pavlov's famous behavioral experiment involved a dog. Dogs want food. Maybe not so clear, according to a paper in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.Given the choice, many dogs prefer praise from their owners over food, suggests the work, which combines brain-imaging data with behavioral ...
By News Staff
Airline Bag Charges Linked To More Flights Departing On Time
Customers may grumble about having to pay fees for everything on an airplane, American airport security and a la carte pricing has certainly turned travel into a third world experience, but a new analysis has found that checked baggage fees have improved the biggest aspect of flying - getting to ...
By News Staff
The Seasonal Spike In Divorce Filings
Associate sociology professor Julie Brines and doctoral candidate Brian Serafini claims there is quantitative evidence of a seasonal, biannual pattern of filings for divorce - determined by analyzing filings in Washington state between 2001 and 2015. Statistics show that they consistently peaked ...
By News Staff
Why 9/11 Terrorism Efforts Focused On Illegal Immigration
America had an illegal alien problem long before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but with the border to Mexico so porous, homeland security quickly focused on heightening surveillance - and this racialized Latino immigrants, according to a sociology paper which used media accounts ...
By News Staff
Swing Voters Win Elections, So Why Do Presidential Candidates Ignore Them?
In 2012, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was criticized for speaking an uncomfortable truth; 47 percent of voters are voting for the same party regardless of the actual policies. In academic science, the turnout will be huge for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton because her actual ...
By News Staff
New Physics from Regularities of the Many Standard Model Free Parameters Presented at ...  more »
Edward Frenkel slams strong AI, evildoer Ray Kurzweil, and brain uploads in his YouTube “Outline...  more »
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I am truly sorry about certain things that I wrote. For example, I have previously written about...  more »
Chad Orzel wrote a column on his blog last week about James Blachowicz’s opinion piece in...  more »