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No Higgs Needed: 5 Ways Particle Accelerators Have Changed The World
The Large Hadron Collider is probably the world’s most famous science experiment. The 27 km-long ring-shaped particle accelerator beneath the edge of the Alps grabbed the world’s attention in 2013 when it proved the existence of the Higgs boson particle. This helped physicists confirm that ...
By The Conversation
Native Grass Make Super-Thin Condoms
Fibres from the Australian native spinifex grass are being used to improve latex that could be used to make condoms as thin as a human hair without any loss in strength. Working in partnership with Aboriginal traditional owners of the Camooweal region in north-west Queensland, the Indjalandji ...
By News Staff
Giddings: The 750 GeV Diphoton Resonance Is A Graviton
After the ATLAS and CMS collaboration disclosed their first Run 2 results on diphoton searches, less than two months ago, the realization that it would be impossible to keep up-to-date with all the theoretical ideas that were being put forth was immediate. The flood of papers discussing the 750 ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
From The Great Wall To The Great Collider
With a long delay, last week I was finally able to have a look at the book "From the Great Wall to the Great Collider - China and the Quest to Uncover the Inner Workings of the Universe", by Steve Nadis and Shing-Tung Yau. And I would like to report about my impressions here.First of all, appearances ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Future Transatlantic Flight Delays Blamed On Global Warming
Planes flying between Europe and North America will be spending more time in the air due to the effects of climate change, a new study has shown. By accelerating the jet stream -- a high-altitude wind blowing from west to east across the Atlantic -- climate change will speed up eastbound flights ...
By News Staff
Glyphosate Now Most Popular Weed Killer In History, Laments Economist Chuck Benbrook
Monsanto's signature herbicide glyphosate, first marketed as "Roundup," is now the most popular weed-killer in the history of chemical agriculture in both the U.S. and globally, according to a paper in Environmental Sciences Europe written by economist Dr. Chuck Benbrook, a staunch opponent of ...
By News Staff
Crystal 'Sunstones' - How The Vikings Discovered America?
Ancient records tell us that the intrepid Viking seafarers who discovered Iceland, Greenland and eventually North America navigated using landmarks, birds and whales, and little else. There’s little doubt that Viking sailors would also have used the positions of stars at night and the sun during ...
By The Conversation
When Conservationists Stop With 'Park Vs. People' Thinking, Wildlife Wins
What is a great way to ensure that conservation has no support at all from the public? Hand nature over to centralized bureaucrats and create environmental groups full of lawyers to sue to make sure people are treated as the enemy.Or just have centralized government tell people what to do, as in ...
By News Staff
Horses Can Read Human Emotions
Horses have been shown to be able to distinguish between angry and happy human facial expressions, according to psychologists who studied how 28 horses reacted to seeing photographs of positive versus negative human facial expressions. The horses were recruited from five riding or livery stables ...
By News Staff
Being A Morning Person Is Partially In Your DNA
A genome-wide association study has identified genetic variants associated with being a morning person. The authors identified 15 locations in DNA (loci) associated with "morningness."Morningness - being a morning person - is governed by differences in circadian rhythm, which have previously been ...
By News Staff
Why Rest Is Critical After A Concussion
Doctors recommend several days of rest after a person suffers a concussion, but that is often good advice for many things. It works, but why? New data from animal models explains why.   Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientists say rest allows the brain to reset neural networks ...
By News Staff
Vibratory Urticaria Breakthrough: Genetic Cause Of Rare Allergy To Vibrations
Scientists have identified a genetic mutation responsible for a rare form of inherited hives induced by vibration, also known as vibratory urticaria. Running, hand clapping, towel drying or even taking a bumpy bus ride can cause temporary skin rashes in people with this rare disorder. By studying ...
By News Staff
Stop Using BMI To Determine Health
When it comes to health and nutrition, academia goes through fads, they make their way to government panels, and then popular culture is stuck with them.So it goes with the Body Mass Index (BMI), now decades into being used by health insurance companies, health experts and government pundits as ...
By News Staff
MLL1 Enzyme Key To Link Between Age-Related Inflammation And Cancer
Researchers have shown that an enzyme key to regulating gene expression -- and also an oncogene when mutated -- is critical for the expression of numerous inflammatory compounds that have been implicated in age-related increases in cancer and tissue degeneration, Inhibitors of the enzyme are being ...
By News Staff
Dietary Supplements Could Seriously Mess With Your Medication
Doctors typically prescribe several drugs to patients with mental health conditions in order to treat the various symptoms. For example, a person with bipolar disorder may be prescribed one drug to treat mania and another to treat depression. But there’s limited evidence on how combinations of ...
By The Conversation
Generic Drug Price Gouging Has Physicians Raising Red Flags
Pharmaceutical companies take a lot of cultural heat for high prices, politicians routinely criticize them to score political points, but at least they did real discovery. One out of 5,000 candidates will make it to market, and then it has to be successfully promoted to make back costs that routinely ...
By News Staff
Internet Searches Reflect Increase In E-Cigarette Popularity
The Oxford Dictionaries selected "vape"--as in, to smoke from an electronic cigarette or inhalation device --as word of the year in 2014. Internet users' search behavior tells a similar story.   E-cigarettes and other hand-held vaporizers began appearing on American shelves in the mid ...
By News Staff
Effectiveness Of Phone And Web-Based Smoking Cessation Programs In Four States
A new analysis indicates that states’ Web-based and phone-based tobacco cessation programs can help people quit smoking, but certain personal characteristics may lead individuals to prefer one type of program over the other. Quitline (telephone-based counseling) programs are effective tools ...
By News Staff
Smoking Bans Reduce Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease In Non-Smokers
A Cochrane Library review suggests that smoking bans may reduce harms of passive smoking, unclear as they are, since there has never been evidence that second-hand smoke has harmed anyone. Yet epidemiologists have linked it to risks of heart disease and some have even claimed third-hand smoke ...
By News Staff
Argument: Schizophrenia Does Not Exist
The term "schizophrenia," with its connotation of hopeless chronic brain disease, should be dropped and replaced with something like "psychosis spectrum syndrome," argues Professor Jim van Os at Maastricht University Medical Centre in The BMJ. The official glossary of mental disorders used to ...
By News Staff
China Is Going To Grow, And A Small Cap And Trade Market Won't Stop That
A new paper finds that China's new efforts to price carbon could lower the country's carbon dioxide emissions significantly without impeding economic development over the next three decades.But the authors leave out one important reason; the Chinese have never once been honest about their emissions ...
By News Staff
A.I. May Tell Us What's Going To Be Big In Science This Year
Over the past decade, there has been increasing interest in being able to understand what the future will look like when it comes to scientific and technological emergences. Indeed, these advances are the foundations that will underpin future innovations in health care, drug manufacturing and biotechnology ...
By News Staff
Social Media Is Looking Old, Tired And Grumpy
It is 5 years since the potential of social media was considered limitless. Not only was social media revolutionary, but it was literally capable of bringing about revolutions such as the uprisings of the “Arab Spring”. There was no part of our social lives that platforms like Facebook, Twitter ...
By The Conversation
The Doctor-Less Hospital Future
Imagine your child requires a life-saving operation. You enter the hospital and are confronted with a stark choice.Do you take the traditional path with human medical staff, including doctors and nurses, where long-term trials have shown a 90% chance that they will save your child’s life?Or do ...
By The Conversation
LIGO the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory may announce the detection of&nbsp...  more »
In an unprecedented decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has sort-of overruled a lower Circuit Court's...  more »
(Click this link for a step-by-step derivation of the "Hamilton-Jacobi Schrödinger" equation)...  more »
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” - George Bernard Shaw, Man...  more »
Being back in blogging mood, I decided I would make a poll among the most affectionate readers...  more »