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A New Free Tool For The Optimization Of Muon Tomography
Muon tomography is one of the most important spinoffs of fundamental research with particle detectors -if not the most important. It was realized already some sixty years ago that muons produced in the upper atmosphere by energetic cosmic radiation (protons or light nuclei) constituted a very ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
On Overfitting In Statistics And In Machine Learning
I recently held an accelerated course in "Statistical data analysis for fundamental science" for the Instats site. Within only 15 hours of online lectures (albeit these are full 1-hour blocks, unlike the leaky academic-style hours that last 75% of that) I had to cover not just parameter estimation ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
An Idea For Future Calorimetry
A calorimeter in physics is something that measures heat. However, there are mainly two categories of such objects: ones that measure macroscopic amounts of heat, and ones that measure the heat released by subatomic particles when they smash against matter. I am sure you guess which is the class ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Comparing Student Reactions To Lectures In Artificial Intelligence And Physics
In the past two weeks I visited two schools in Veneto to engage students with the topic of Artificial Intelligence, which is something everybody seems to be happy to hear about these days: on the 10th of January I visited a school in Vicenza, and on the 17th a school in Venice. In both cases there ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Carbon Offsets Won't Work Until There Is Science In How Trees Are Planted
Former Vice-President Al Gore has a giant mansion but buys carbon offsets to mitigate the damage. Do they work?It depends, and that means it is unlikely. Lots of corporations dove into the carbon offset market, Mr. Gore made hundreds of millions of dollars investing in them, but there is no standard ...
By Hank Campbell
New Analysis Adds To The Heat Pump Controversy
Decades before solar and wind took over green marketing dollars, back when environmentalists still promoted natural gas and hydroelectric power, heat pumps became an energy-saving fad.The problem with them became evident nearly as fast as that electric car range you think you'll get - it is only ...
By Hank Campbell
New York Has A Mild Winter Two Weeks In - Global Climate Change Implicated
We're only two weeks into winter and a New York university is already declaring above-average temperatures in 2023 a result of global climate change. Cornell University scholars say 28 cities in the region have experienced top-five warm temperatures, but they cite claims from as far back ...
By Hank Campbell
Bringing Climate Change Into Physics Classrooms
Physics is one of the most remarkable scientific subjects there is. It incorporates many incredible discoveries, like The Quantum Leap, the Law of Falling Bodies, Universal Gravitation, and the Laws of Motion. However, understanding how extraordinary physics is doesn’t mean you’ll excel ...
By Mark Pierce
Cigarettes Have Long-Term Consequences For The Immune System
Cigarettes are a co-morbidity for almost everything and a risk factor for the rest, but it isn't just first-order disease that may be in the future of cigarette smokers.A cohort of 1,000 healthy volunteers aged 20 to 70 in 2011 were examined to see why human immune systems vary significantly in ...
By News Staff
Seizures Implicated In SIDS And SUDC Deaths
An examination of more than 300 sudden, unexpected deaths in young children, which usually occur during sleep,  commonly known as SIDS in babies or SUDC in toddlers, including extensive medical record analysis and video evidence donated by families to document the inexplicable deaths ...
By News Staff
We're So Wealthy Even Poor People Can Afford To Be Fat - Ask For Less Fatty Liver Disease For Christmas
The upside to greater wealth equality than at any point in human history is that nearly everyone can afford food for the first time ever. The famines of the 1980s have been effectively eliminated by science. The downside is that cultural maturity has not kept pace with our biological mandate to ...
By News Staff
It's About Calories, So Kimchi Is Not A Weight Loss Superfood - But You May Eat Less
Fermented foods have become popular in recent years, partly due to their perceived health benefits.For instance, there is some evidence eating or drinking fermented foods can improve blood glucose control in people with diabetes. They can lower blood lipid (fats) levels and blood pressure in people ...
By The Conversation
COVID-19: Healthcare Workers Exited At Dramatically Higher Rates
Like some soldiers become conscientious objectors if they end up in an actual military situation, or when over 300 armed government union employees suddenly forgot they had guns while kids were being murdered in Uvalde, healthcare workers, 18.8 million strong just in the US, were more likely to ...
By Hank Campbell
Safe: In Utero Exposure To Maternal COVID-19 Vaccination
An analysis of 2,261 and 1,940 infants ages 12 and 18 months, respectively, found that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy had no impact on infant neurodevelopment. There was concern about vaccines by pregnant women because American epidemiologists had spent decades promoting the belief ...
By Hank Campbell
The Link Between Stomach Woes And Bad Breath
If you have bad breath and it hasn't been an issue your entire life, the most common cause may be that garlic and Limburger cheese sandwich you ate at lunch, but sometimes it's not a lifestyle issue. It could be an oral issue but it could also be a stomach one.Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) ...
By News Staff
Reduce School Violence By Eliminating Grades, Say Academic Psychologists
One of the few things that can get a government union employee in a mandatory industry like education fired is hitting a student. Yet the link between increased tolerance and less accountability for students has correlated to increased violence by teachers. If there are no repercussions for behavior ...
By Hank Campbell
Sociology: The Illegal Immigration Problem Is Making All Latinos More Stressed
A sociological look at data from 2011-2018 led the authors of a new paper to cite an increase over time in psychological distress among Latinos, including citizens, in the U.S. They cite changes in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was deemed illegal by the courts ...
By News Staff
Barely Half Of The Public Now Trusts Science - What To Do
When I was young, conservatives and liberals had equally high levels of trust in science. And it was high. Only progressives thought science was not a force for public good.In the 1980s, President Reagan wanted to fund a lot more of it, while Democrats in Congress wanted student loans to be unlimited ...
By Hank Campbell
Minorities Don't Buy Populist Rhetoric Of Either US Party As Much As Whites Do
America is one of the most religiously, racially and ethnically diverse countries in the world, but that doesn't mean Latinos, Asians or Blacks believe that Democrats and Republicans want them as anything more than reliable voting blocs.A new analysis finds that though voting eligible Asians were ...
By Hank Campbell
Gender Bias: Both Men And Women Prefer To See Women In Google Image Searches
If Google image search results overwhelmingly returned results showing men, that would be evidence that ending gender bias still has a long way to go. In the bias community, results showing women are the same thing.And the authors of a new paper say female and male gender associations are more ...
By Hank Campbell
The Most Likely To Confront Racism Are White People
White people are more likely to confront those who post racist content on social media. On surveys, at least, but on surveys very few people say they are anti-science, or even anti-vaccine. Not from 1998 to 2021, when coastal cities dominated vaccine exemptions, and not from 2021 on when middle ...
By News Staff
AI And The End Of Human Exceptionalism
Over the last two years, generative AI has smashed our ideas of what intelligence means, what AI can and cannot do, and of our place in the cosmos. A two-thousand year old journey from Aristotle to today, has culminated in a moment where human exceptionalism has finally been challenged. The barriers ...
By Mark Pierce
The Harvard Anti-Semitism Controversy Also Revealed The Scholarship Cancer Inside Academia
University of Kentucky political science Professor Stephen Voss, who was plagiarized by Harvard President Claudine Gay, said it was no big deal. It was even expected she would use his work without attribution? He seems to think so. “It would have been quite natural for her to borrow ideas from ...
By Hank Campbell
March is here, and with it begins a season of intense travel for me - something which for some...  more »
The online discourse of our time has come to the issue of plagiarism. Now Claudine Gay and Neri...  more »
This plant above is what is regarded as a typical fern. However, a quite different looking type...  more »
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