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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
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
For Immune System Stem Cell Studies, Mice Aren't Enough
If mouse studies were transferable to humans, we'd have cured every disease thousands of times. That is the big reason why you shouldn't accept scaremongering about the chemical of the week in the New York Times, or claims about Miracle Vegetables in the Washington Post.Stem cell therapy is all ...
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
Arabian Herbs Analyzed As Potential Cancer Treatments
Cancer is a leading cause of illness and death worldwide. In 2015, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recorded 8.8 million cancer-related deaths and nearly twice that are diagnosed each year. Since people are living longer, cancer diagnoses is likely to continue to increase by about 70% for at ...
By News Staff
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
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
The World Is NOT Going To End On 23rd September - Or October - David Meade & Nibiru - FAKE PROPHET ALERT
For the last several weeks I’ve been getting messages from scared people nearly every day. They are worried that the world is going to end on 23rd September. We have had numerous such dates, about a dozen a year at present. The chap who has been promoting that date all summer has now changed ...
By Robert Walker
On Turtles, Book Writing, And Overcommitments
Back from vacations, I think I need to report a few random things before I get back into physics blogging. So I'll peruse the science20 article category aptly called "Random Thoughts" for this one occasion.My summer vacations took place just after a week spent in Ecuador, where I gave 6 hours of ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
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 »