New Perspectives On The U.S. Corn Belt
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Did BPA Bite The Dust?
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Existence Of Orbiting Supermassive Black Holes Confirmed?
At a distance of a mind-blowing 750 million light years from Earth, astronomers using the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a system made up of 10 radio telescopes across the U.S., say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes.They did it by ...
By News Staff
Revenge Of The Slimeballs: When US Labs Competed For Leadership In HEP
The clip below, together with the following few which will be published every few days in the coming weeks, is extracted from the third chapter of my book "Anomaly! Collider Physics and the Quest for New Phenomena at Fermilab". It recounts the pioneering measurement of the Z mass by the CDF detector ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Muon G-2: The Anomaly That Could Change Physics, And A New Exciting Theoretical Development
Do you remember the infamous "g-2" measurement ? The anomalous magnetic moment of the muon has been for over a decade in the agenda of HEP physicists, both as a puzzle and as a hope for good things to come. Ever since the Brookhaven laboratories estimated the quantity at a value over 3 standard ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
600 Attend To Outreach Event In Venice
On Saturday, July 8th, the "Sala Perla" of the Palazzo del Casinò was crowded by 600 attendees, who filled all seats and then some. The event, titled "Universo: tempo zero - breve storia dell'inizio", was organized in conjunction with the international EPS conference, which takes place until this ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
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
Can't Sleep? Blame Air Pollution
Tablet and phone marketing executives can sleep well tonight. While those devices are commonly blamed for recent sleep problems, beams of pure digital energy shot straight into the eyeballs will do that, a new paper seeks to shore up the failing claim that tiny particulate matter, PM 2.5 (2.5 microns ...
By News Staff
How Urban Trees Increase Ozone
Though the trend has been to listen to environmental claims about the benefits of trees in cities, in science they have a well-established dark side: in urban cities, they produce a lot of ground-level ozone, the very thing environmentalists spent decades lobbying against.During hot days,  ...
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Association Created Between Texas Weather, Monarch Butterflies And Glyphosate
A paper has linked Monarch butterfly populations to glyphosate - but only when it was first used, and not when it was most heavily used. It also linked the populations to seasonal variation. That is to be expected, except since it's 2017, they try to claim that's climate change rather than wetter ...
By News Staff
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 ...
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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 ...
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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
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
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
Osteopaths Overturn Toxicologists, Declare Mice Are Little People And Chemicals Are Magic
A new study from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine has found a connection between common household chemicals, quaternary ammonium compounds or "quats,", and birth defects, despite the fact that experts have never found evidence of harm.Quats are often used as disinfectants and preservatives ...
By News Staff
20 Percent Of Diagnosed Cancers Are Rare - And That's Good News
Though well-known cancers like breast and prostate cancer are still the most common, America has gotten really good at diagnosing rare cancers, according to a new study. This is a significant achievement, because rare cancers can be challenging to diagnose, often resulting in numerous physician ...
By News Staff
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
Lucid Dreams: Exploring The Dark Side
No, this post is not about some exotic new physics model predicting dark photons or other useless concoctions which physicists sometimes entertain with, in their frustration for the lack of guidance from experimental data of what really is it  that the Standard Model is an effective theory ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Even Piglets Prefer New Toys
Kids are stimulated by new experiences. So are pigs. If you watched the 2014 video where a camera falls out of a plane and crashes into a pig sty you saw how intrigued they were by it, even though it clearly was not food.A new study says that such "consumerism", a preference for shiny new stuff ...
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Gender-Blind Recruitment Process Leads To More Men Being Hired
It's been shown that there is no hiring deficit for women in science; women have been hired far more than men for new jobs. Yet women's groups have continued to point to total numbers as the problem, as if to say older men who have been supportive of more diversity and are making it happen on hiring ...
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For Amateur Cyclists, EPO Blood Doping Won't Help
Use of performance enhancing drugs is a major problem in many competitive sports and the 2017 prohibited list includes over 300 substances. However, the scientific evidence around these substances is scarce, partly because it is impossible to do trials with professional cyclists who are subject ...
By News Staff
Paola Nicoletti's Artwork
Tormented water masses with distant horizons in flames. Multicoloured reflexions over living oceans. Moving images with an astounding visual impact. These are the first words that come to my mind if I try to describe Paola Nicoletti's paintings. Needless to say, I like them a lot - but judge for ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Higgs Boson-Inspired Artwork By High-School Students
The "Art&Science" project is coming to the final phase as far as the activities in Venice are concerned. About 100 15 to 17-year-old students from high schools in Venice have assisted to lessons on particle physics and the Higgs boson in the past months, and have been challenged to produce, alone ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Climate change is a hot-button topic. It sparks many arguments between those who believe the climate...  more »
It is nice when somebody publishes an article and acknowledges your contribution, even when the...  more »
In Big History there are many transitions as complexity seems to grow in the natural ecosystems...  more »
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Rather than providing another functional construct to fit observational cosmology, a mechanistic...  more »