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Today I am giving the opening speech at a workshop with the same title of this post. The workshop takes place at the Center for Particle Physics and Phenomenology of Université catholique de Louvain, in Belgium, and it is in a mixed formula - we will have 33 in-person attendees and 72 more attending by videolink>
Dr Tommi Markkanen, an expert on the False Vacuum has kindly answered these questions in an email interview: 1. Does a false vacuum decay due to quantum tunneling have a realistic chance happening in my lifetime or already be on its way? The answer is a resounding ‘no’. I’m assuming the>
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the American public fell back in love with science. In the first 19 years of this century, Californians denied vaccines to such an extent a law had to be passed to prevent coastal parents from creating a Whooping Cough pandemic. Every building had cancer warnings somewhere - even oncology>
A “mechanically programmable” metamaterial held by Bastiaan Florijn, Leiden University. Photo credit: Ben P. SteinBy Ben Stein, Inside Science(Inside Science Currents Blog) -- It’s rare when a scientific term is both cool sounding and precise, but the word “metamaterial” might just fit the bill. Although>
The landing of a cute robot on Mars really resonated with American popular culture this past weekend; and so the first few images Curiosity snapped have caught fire as well, including a blotch that was no longer there in later pictures.Curiosity landed at 10:32 p.m. Aug. 5 PDT near the foot of a mountain three miles>