Inflaming The Myths Of COVID-19 Vaccines
Six-muon Events Probe Proton Collision Dynamics
A Million-Year-Old Mammoth May Hold The Key...
Does Learning A Foreign Language Stimulate...
You'll Pry Your Massive Galaxy From My Cold Cosmic Carbon
Radio telescope observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed a cold stream of intergalactic atomic carbon gas feeding star formation in a massive radio galaxy in the young Universe. The findings of galaxy 4C 41.17 provide observational evidence ...
By News Staff
30 Billion X The Mass Of The Sun: One Of The Biggest Black Holes Ever Found
An object over 30 billion times the mass of our Sun has been detected thanks to gravitational lensing - where a foreground galaxy bends the light from a more distant object and magnifies it.This ultramassive black hole was detected using gravitational lensing and supercomputer simulations ...
By News Staff
Third MODE Workshop, Princeton July 24-26 2023
I am exploiting my column today to advertise a workshop that the collaboration I lead, MODE, is organizing at Princeton University this coming July. The workshop, the third of its series, aims to bring together physicists and computer scientists to join forces in the solution of complex optimization ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Northern Lights
These days I am spending a few months in northern Sweden, to start a collaboration with computer scientists and physicists from Lulea University of Technology on neuromorphic computing (I'll soon write about that, stay tuned). The rather cold weather of March (sub-zero temperatures throughout the ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Climate Doomism Is Bad Storytelling
When news about the climate is published, like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report, frightening headlines like “final warning” or “now or never” are often the norm. Some activists call this approach “climate doomism”, and are quick to criticize media publications ...
By The Conversation
The Racism Of Virtual Pollution
When smog was prevalent, it was easy to see. Particulate matter 10 microns in size hover in the air, the famous London Fog was not natural moisture, it was PM10 pollution. In one event, nature combined with smog in London to kill 12,000 people.After that, wealthier nations engaged in pollution ...
By Hank Campbell
Earth’s Water Did Not Come From Melted Meteorites
Water is over 70 percent of the surface of the earth but how that came to be, through what mix of random chance and extraterrestrial involvement, has been a debate. Earth is a relatively small planet and relatively near its star so creating large surface oceans is difficult.A new study analyzed ...
By News Staff
Solar Power May Get Environmentalists To Accept GMOs
Farms have a lot of open land and that has made them ideal for solar power installations. For example, though it is in defiance of the bucolic imagery sold by food and solar marketing groups, which show lush farms with an old tractor on one side and panels on homes charging an $80,000 Tesla on ...
By Hank Campbell
SARS-CoV-2 Infection May Mean Need For A CD8+ T Cell Response Booster
A recent study found that vaccination with two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine resulted in immune cell response considerably lower in people with prior SARS-CoV-2 infection than those without. The level of this key immune cell that targets the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, CD8+ T, was ...
By News Staff
Abnormal Amygdala Neural Networks In Dogs With Anxiety
A new study reports abnormalities in functional neural networks of dogs diagnosed with anxiety. Compared with healthy dogs, those with anxiety exhibit stronger connections between the amygdala and other regions of the anxiety network.Animal models of anxiety can benefit both veterinary and ...
By News Staff
Neuroimaging: From Dead Fish To Diagnostics?
For decades, functional magnetic resonance imaging, looking at changes in the brain's blood oxygen, has over-promised and under-delivered, which made it a punching bag in the science community. People in the field tried to claim changes in pretty pictures meant more neurons working and suggested ...
By Hank Campbell
Polio Still Exists And COVID-19 Showed Why WHO May Make It Impossible To Kill
Smallpox is no longer with us, but what gets left out of United Nations history is that smallpox was eradicated in spite of the World Health Organisation saying it could never happen, not due to UN leadership. It was driven by US advocates who went around UN bureaucracy, all while being told it ...
By Hank Campbell
Ivermectin Same As Placebo In Clinical Trial
If you buy TheraFlu or some other product and swear it helps, you may be right. The placebo effect is real and while OTC "remedies" and supplements can be sold with no proof needed, to be called actual medicine it can't simply work as poorly as a sugar pill.Yet about 30 percent of the time, people ...
By Hank Campbell
New Potential Treatment For Benzodiazepine-Resistant Epilepsy
A new small molecule may help people with benzodiazepine-resistant epilepsy. Epilepsy affects an estimated 3.4 million people in the U.S. and millions more worldwide and drugs work for most, but for the rest, Uncontrolled epilepsy and resulting frequent and prolonged seizures lasting five minutes ...
By News Staff
Reese's Is Making A Vegan Peanut Butter Cup - Here Are 3 More Ways To Make Candy Sound Healthy
Hershey is rolling out Reese’s Plant Based Peanut Butter Cups this month, and it is a great idea. Plant-based foods are all the rage - unless the entire market is about to collapse - and people who like vegan stuff are willing to overpay for food they can then annoy everyone at parties by going ...
By Hank Campbell
Digital Content May Be Shaping Visual Perception Itself
To adult audiences in 1977, "Star Wars" was the most realistic special effects they had ever witnessed while to younger people of today, the defects are obvious. Some of that is due to better technology, a cheap TV has better clarity and resolution that an IMAX screen a generation ago, but some ...
By News Staff
Science And Its Demons
I) An article recently published in Nature concludes that the percentage of disruptive scientific findings and patents is much lower than it was a few decades ago. The term “disruptive” designates something groundbreaking that abruptly changes a trend; the opposite of “disruptive” ...
By Martín López Corr...
Activists And Academics Really Want To Know If You Bought A Gun
The anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety says someone is fatally shot or injured in a road rage incident every 16 hours.  Is that number real? Yes and no. The Gun Violence Archive they drew their claim from lumps criminals doing drive-by shootings and criminals being shot by police committing ...
By Hank Campbell
Sheep Are Expensive Lawn Mowers - But Maybe Cheap Mental Health
If you have ever seen pictures of people doing yoga with goats or sunning their butt-holes(1), you may have assumed it is California, but that is unfair. It is just as likely to be any state on the west coast.In my town, people who claim they love poor people hate lawnmowers run by...poor people ...
By Hank Campbell
Despite COVID-19, The US CDC Remains Unprepared For Zoonotic Diseases
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed a great deal of weakness in the federal government's ability to control, much less prevent, any diseases at all. The concern had grown during the last decade, when it began to take 6 weeks for CDC to inform the public that lettuce was tainted with E. coli but found ...
By Hank Campbell
Athletic Optimization: 3D Printed Soles Measure Impact Inside The Shoe
Athletes use custom-​made insoles because they know a fraction of a second can make the difference between victory and defeat, but to do that specialists must first create a pressure profile of the feet. Athletes walk barefoot over pressure-​sensitive mats, where they leave their individual ...
By News Staff
Obamacare Linked To Over-Prescribing Antibiotics
An analysis of over 4,300,000 patients in 8,119 161 primary care visits found that publicly insured people, those using the Affordable Care Act public exchanges subsidized by government, were more likely to be given inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in cases of upper respiratory tract infections ...
By Hank Campbell
NIMBY: Superficial Allies Of Sexual Minorities, Unless They're Neighbors
NIMBY - not in my back yard - is an acronym for those allies who express support for a cause, as long as it is 'somewhere else.' Wind power, for example, is well-liked by people on the coasts of the US and Norway, until government decides to actually put wind power installations there. Then it's ...
By Hank Campbell
COVID-19 Quarantine Adherence: 25% Lied About Complying, 70% Were Women
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot of confusion about what would help mitigate risk and what would not, and when rules seemed arbitrary (e.g. you can go to a tattoo parlor but not get a haircut) it may have caused resentment - and therefore quiet dissent.A recent survey found that up ...
By Hank Campbell
The Restrict Act would ban anyone from accessing a online service ran by a US adverssary, which...  more »
I have recently watched two videos on climate change by Sabine Hossenfelder.  The first one...  more »
I am currently spending some time in South America, where I came to join my wife who was performing...  more »
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