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Opposer At A PhD Defense
Yesterday I was in Oslo, where I was invited tro serve as the leading opposer in the Ph.D. defense of a student of Alex Read, who is a particle physicist and a member of the ATLAS collaboration. Although I have served in similar committees several times in the past, this turned out to be a special ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Acknowledging Giorgio's Mentoring Superpowers
Yesterday I gladly attended a symposium in honor of Giorgio Bellettini, who just turned 90. The italian physicist, who had a very big impact in particle physics in his long and illustrious career, is still very active -e.g. he makes all the hard questions at the conferences he attends, as he has ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
A Cool Rare Decay
By and large, particle physicists confronted with the need to awe and enthuse an audience of laypersons will have no hesitation in choosing to speak about the Higgs boson and its mysteries - undoubtedly a fascinating story that requires one to start with the 1960ies and the intuition of a handful ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Move Over - The Talk I Will Not Give
Last week I was in Amsterdam, where I attended the first European AI for Fundamental Physics conference (EUCAIF). Unfortunately I could not properly follow the works there, as in the midst of it I got grounded by a very nasty bronchial bug. Then over the weekend I was able to drag myself back ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Sen. Sanders Still Opposes Nuclear Energy But The American Science Community Marches On
If you tell me an old white person in America opposes nuclear power, I can tell you how they vote. I can also tell you with alarming accuracy what they think about lots of science, like food and medicine. They think natural gas is why climate change happens.The reality is that climate change happened ...
By Hank Campbell
A Boom In Carbon Capture Is Upon Us, But The Impact On Greenhouse Gas Emissions Is Uncertain
Carbon capture and storage (CCS), the process of separating, treating and transporting carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial sources to long-term storage locations, is on the cusp of reaching unprecedented scale. This process has been driven by government policy efforts such as preferential financing ...
By Mark Pierce
More Like Lizards: Claim That T. Rex Was As Smart As Monkeys Refuted
A year ago, corporate media promoted the provocative claim that dinosaurs like Tyrannorsaurus rex had so many neurons they had to be substantially more intelligent than assumed, since these high neuron counts could directly inform on intelligence, metabolism and life history.They even added that ...
By News Staff
Oil Kept Congo From Starving - Western Academics Don't Seem To Like That
If even a wealthy like Germany has to lie about emissions to placate government-funded environmentalists and burn wood and buy gas from Russia, it seems unfair to criticize a poor country like Congo, but the culture war on oil can't think about any of that.If you don't want to look like a rich ...
By Hank Campbell
Brown Fat’s “Off-Switch” Isn't A New Ozempic Diet Exploit
Brown adipose tissue is different from the white fat around human belly and thighs. Brown fat helps to turn calories into heat and it was once thought that only small animals like mice and newborns had brown fat but some adults retain it.If some people have it, perhaps others can activate it also ...
By News Staff
How Generative AI Is Transforming Healthcare
The world is aging. After centuries of relentless growth, many advanced economies are getting older, and even in poorer nations, the share of elderly people is rising. Larger and older populations are creating historic pressures on health care systems across the world. There are not enough doctors ...
By Mark Pierce
45 Percent Of People Try Diets And That's A Good Thing, Even If They Fail
Most people who try a diet don't succeed in keeping weight off long-term and that is trumpeted as a huge failure of dieting by people who, wait for it, are often selling a competing diet.The health truth is that even if you fail, you improved your health. Claims that people whose weight go up and ...
By Hank Campbell
Opioid Addicts Are Less Likely To Use Legal Opioids At The End Of Their Lives
With a porous southern border, street fentanyl continues to enter the United States and be purchased by recreational drug users, all while the U.S. government continues to treat suffering cancer patients like criminals when it comes to legitimate pain medication access. It isn't much better in ...
By News Staff
Study: Caloric Restriction In Humans And Aging
In mice, caloric restriction has been found to increase aging but obviously mice are not little people, and mice are weaned on a starvation diet. That cannot and will never happen in humans. Yet  restricting calories even by 20 percent has been shown to promote longer life in animal models ...
By News Staff
Is It Safe To Buy Food At A Farmers Market?
There is populist rhetoric about Buy Local but what few in the public realize is that the definition is subjective. Restaurants in Manhattan often claim they buy local, but in the fine print it reads 'when available', and they don't tell you when it was not locally available, and local to them ...
By Hank Campbell
The Upside To AI And Young Creativity
Artificial Intelligence - AI - isn't really AI at all, which may be why it has been so disappointing to companies that aren't trying to sell you a new leaf blower. Instead of doing something practical, like the dishes or laundry so you have more time to do art or music, AI is doing music and art ...
By Hank Campbell
Vermont Should Stop Showing Leadership In Overruling Scientists On Farming
Despite Vermont's Agricultural  Innovation Board (AIB), created to inform regulatory recommendations using science, flatly stating there was no basis for a ban on a class of safe pesticides called neonicotinoids, and agreement by Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, the Vermont ...
By Hank Campbell
Evolutionary Psychology: Your Parents Income During Pregnancy Made You Gay
Evolutionary psychology, the discipline that claimed we're being manipulated by flowers and evolved to like the appearance of black men, also made the bold assertion that the income of your parents during pregnancy made you...gay?It's even crazier than that cock-fixated megalomaniac at Berkeley ...
By Hank Campbell
The World Is Richer Than Ever, But It's Not Due To Communism Or Capitalism, It's Science
There are lots of stories about the poor in America, and have been for decades. Smart demographers know that, like racism, if everyone is talking about The Poor, it's almost eliminated.One of the giant cracks in the communist dictatorship called the USSR last century was when the television program ...
By Hank Campbell
COVID-19 Made Stereotyping Of Asians Uncool - Mostly To Gain Political Traction
Only a few years ago, American colleges used a "secret sauce" of race in admissions that voided test scores and replaced those with arbitrary demographic selection. Due to such clear racism, and despite being a minority with less than 5 percent of the population, Asians were least likely to be ...
By Hank Campbell
Declaring War On Frappuccino And Diet Soda Is Not A Valid Government Nutrition Guideline
You're not  a Frank-people because you eat Doritos, despite what people writing lifestyle/diet books and New York Times journalists who gush over them want you to believe.Such claims are pure food populism by rich white people for rich white people. It's not science, it's instead not even ...
By Hank Campbell
Physician Burnout Is Common - And Informal Rationing Is One Big Cause
If the government promises every home a great gardener, most people recognize they won't get a great gardener at all, they will probably get someone who couldn't get a better job while the lawn service they used to use is priced out of reach.There has always been disparity in health care, but that ...
By Hank Campbell
The northern lights as one would expect and see them if they were in the frozen reaches of Canada...  more »
Sheer beauty — a beautiful Euhoplites ammonite from Folkstone, UK. These lovelies have a pleasing...  more »
March is here, and with it begins a season of intense travel for me - something which for some...  more »
This plant above is what is regarded as a typical fern. However, a quite different looking type...  more »
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