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Revenge Of The Slimeballs - Part 3
This is the third part of Chapter 3 of the book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab". The chapter recounts the pioneering measurement of the Z mass by the CDF detector, and the competition with SLAC during the summer of 1989. The title of the post is ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
QED: First Direct Evidence Of High Energy Light-by-light Scattering, Where Photons Interact And Change Direction
Physicists from the ATLAS experiment at CERN have confirmed one of the oldest predictions of quantum electrodynamics (QED), finding the first direct evidence of high energy light-by-light scattering, a very rare process in which two photons – particles of light – interact and change direction ...
By News Staff
Why We Can't Use Hubble To See The Lunar Lander - How Could We See It In High Resolution?
Have you wondered why we can't see the Apollo landing sites from Earth? Moon is so far away that even the ISS at around 108 meters in length would span just over one pixel if Hubble were to photograph it on the Moon at its highest resolution. From NASA:Can Hubble see the Apollo landing sites on ...
By Robert Walker
Puzzle: Which Tank Fills First? What Happens If You Increase The Flow Rate? Someone Tried - With A 3D Printer
You may have seen this tank filling puzzle that's gone viral. But have you wondered what happens at a faster flow rate? Someone has tried it out, with a 3D printer. First though, let's look at the original puzzle.  Here it is.Look closely, as it says.Most people answer “G”.If that's ...
By Robert Walker
Even The Smell Of A Predator Can Cause Animal Extinction
There is ongoing concern about species extinction but it isn't just the fact that 99.999% of species have never been cataloged, so it's impossible to know how many are extinct, it's that Mother Nature may cause it long before we could.A new study suggests nature's ecological web is so tenuous that ...
By News Staff
Hawking Says Trump Could Tip Earth To Hot Venus Climate - Is It True? What Can Earth's Climate Tip To?
Stephen Hawking celebrated his seventy fifth birthday on the 2nd July. We can all be delighted that he lived so long, and continues in robust health, after he was diagnosed to survive only three years. May he continue to "live long and prosper" as the fictional Vulcans say in Star Trek (a UK man ...
By Robert Walker
"Food Evolution": A Tale Of Two Cities
Last night was the premiere of "Food Evolution", a documentary on the science in our dinner, and I saw it with a large audience for the second time.Wait, premiere? Second time? Which is it?It's both. And that is how it became a tale of two cities. And maybe even a metaphor for the two Americas ...
By Hank Campbell
New Perspectives On The U.S. Corn Belt
The nighttime satellite photos of the Earth reveal much about the population distribution of the developed world through the intensity of the artificial lighting being observed.  In the map of the eastern half of the U.S., some population patterns  can be easily seen, such as the linear ...
By David LePoire
Ravens Plan Ahead
In early times, a raven could be a bad omen, and a new study finds that ancient people were not wrong in thinking the raven might be planning on using a negative event to full advantage. It turns out, according to the paper, they plan ahead, just like humans, and can even forgo an immediate reward ...
By News Staff
Tardigrade, The World's Most Indestructible Species - What Would It Take To Make Them Extinct?
It won't matter if all the ice melts and seas rise 100 feet, even if frogs rain from the skies and dogs and cats are living together, one species will be around until the sun explodes.That species is the eight-legged micro-animal tardigrade, the world's most indestructible species.The water bear ...
By News Staff
Brain Performance Not Affected By Menstrual Cycle
Men who worry that women may not make the right decisions during a menstrual cycle, and women who claim biology is a valid excuse for being a jerk, you're both out of luck.An examination of three aspects of cognition across two menstrual cycles found that the levels of estrogen, progesterone and ...
By News Staff
How Nature's Bleach Protects Against Sun Damage
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is best known for use in bleach and hair treatments and is often invoked as a scary chemical by environmental groups promoting concern about food and products, but it is produced naturally in our bodies. A new study shows it is a useful chemical across nature; plants use ...
By News Staff
Metabolically Unhealthy Thin People
Just like some people are overweight but healthy - an obesity paradox - some people are thin but have a three-fold higher risk of mortality and/or cardiovascular events. Weight is not the best way to understand metabolic health, according to an analysis of lean, overweight and obese people ...
By News Staff
Is Anyone Safe From BPA?
Everyone has heard about bisphenol A (BPA).  It’s primarily used as a raw material to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, both of which are high performance materials used in many consumer products that help to make our lives better and safer.  But that’s probably ...
By Steve Hentges
A Small Number Of Physicians Prescribe The Majority Of Methadone
It's not an 80/20 rule but if you are addicted to opiods you are likely to be visiting a small number of physicians in Ontario, according to a new analysis.People in Ontario who have become addicted to opioids such as oxycodone and heroin are often prescribed a longer-acting but less euphoric opioid ...
By News Staff
Acupuncture Works, At Least In Some Patients With Non-Specific Pain
A randomized controlled trial of the use of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients who visit looking for relief from things like a self-reported ankle sprain, a headache (invariably called a migraine) ...
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
Trump's EPA Takes On Environmental Science Assault
The Trump administration is regularly accused by green activists in media as being opposed to science, but only the science they accept. On one recent policy decision the opposite is true and EPA is taking a stand against junk science by greens who had been unchecked before. That decision is related ...
By Angela Logomasini
Theories On Pulsar Phenomena Aren't Theories
A theory is a very precise thing in science - yet some scientists can't resist using the term to lend intellectual weight to what may be a hypothesis and is likely just reasonable speculation. It's a large part of the reason why the term has become colloquialized, and 'wellness' is equivalent to ...
By News Staff
California’s Very Expensive Free Healthcare
What will cost $400 billion, a giant leap over California’s total health care budget for 2018 of $179.5 billion, yet is not mentioned by California lawmakers? California's free "single-payer" healthcare proposal.Clearly providing greater health care access to American poor people, at giant cost ...
By News Staff
American Workers Have It Good, But Find Plenty To Complain About On Surveys
Survey results show that workers believe the American workplace is physically and emotionally taxing, and they don't like the social environment. Since we are only now recovering from an economic malaise, they also worry about unstable work schedules. Some cited unpleasant and potentially hazardous ...
By News Staff
Not Just Another Rant About TSA
No, this is a theoretically based rant about TSA. My students can get credit for reading it!I recapped the Theory of the Corporation as Externality-Generating Machine in this blog. Briefly, it says that corporations exist to internalize profits and externalize (socialize) costs and risks. The ...
By Fred Phillips
Tense Situation On North Korea - Not Like Cold War Cuban Missile Crisis However
With all the tense situation about North Korea, I thought I should do a new post about the situation there. I'm doing this as part of my "Doomsday Debunked" articles I do to help people who are often very scared that the world will end in one way or another. First this is not a risk of global nuclear ...
By Robert Walker
Membership Associations Breed Future Leaders
Shrinking travel budgets and the availability of online training have conspired against today's professional associations, the typical first-victims of operational austerity.  Public institutions eager to appease their elected leaders are especially quick to freeze travel during challenging ...
By John Collins
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