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September 08, 2014

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9:00 PM | Holography entangles quantum physics with gravity
Spacetime geometry, and therefore gravity, emerges from quantum entanglement, analyses using tensor networks show.
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8:46 PM | Holography entangles quantum physics with gravity
ContextQuantum Physics by Tom Siegfried 5:00pm, September 8, 2014 The gravity of a black hole swallows the matter around it. The link between tensor networks and quantum entanglement may prove useful in studying the physics of black holes, some physicists propose.M. Weiss, Chandra X -ray Center/NASASecond of two parts (read part 1)If you want to understand gravity, it makes sense to study […]
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3:39 PM | Dr. SkySkull’s Monday Cavalcade of Interesting Science Stuff – September 8, 2014
In order to make my blogging a little more regular, I thought I would start doing a weekly roundup of interesting science-based posts from around the internet! Also, there’s so much good stuff out there that should be shared.  With … Continue reading →
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3:32 PM | Explainer: The Debate About Raising the Minimum Wage
With talk heating up once again about raising the minimum wage, Trace takes a look at both sides of the issue.
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1:40 PM | The Digital Humanities network on Twitter: Following or being followed?
Who’s following who in the digital humanities network ? Fully “digital”, the representatives of this discipline use Twitter to share and communicate. This post provides an outline of “friends/following” relations in a group of 800 digital humanists on Twitter, from a quantitative point of view. This approach offers a different perspective on this very specific scientific field. The complete network The graph below shows the dense “following” […]
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11:30 AM | A Chamber of the Stillness of Death: Phyllis M.T. Kerridge’s Experiments in the Silence Room
I’m beginning a new project on the historical contributions of women to otology, many of whom have been overlooked in scholarship. My current article investigates the physiological work of Dr. Phyllis Margaret Tookey Kerridge, who died on June 22, 1940, … Continue reading →
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9:56 AM | Manh(a)ttan Recap: Let’s Get Critical [SPOILERS]
Things are heating up all over in this week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan (“The New World”). Not only is the X10 nuclear reactor in Tennessee firing up, romantic sparks are flying on... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 07, 2014

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5:39 PM | Female Sculptures Guard Mysterious Tomb in Greece
Two female sculptures are uncovered in a Greek tomb that dates to the time of Alexander the Great. Continue reading →
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5:30 PM | Female Sculptures Revealed in Greek Tomb: Photos
See finely carved female figures found in a mysterious tomb in Macedonia.
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12:59 PM | Happy Birthday Plate-Tectonics !
September 7, marks the anniversary of the publication of an important paper, “Magnetic Anomalies Over Oceanic Ridges” (1964) describes the discovery of parallel stripes of magnetized igneous rocks along the ocean floor. These stripes are formed when lava pours out along the Mid-Ocean-Ridges, cools and solidifies and pushes aside older oceanic and continental crust. This [...]
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12:59 PM | Happy Birthday Plate-Tectonics !
September 7, marks the anniversary of the publication of an important paper, “Magnetic Anomalies Over Oceanic Ridges” (1964) describes the discovery of parallel stripes of magnetized... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 06, 2014

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11:00 AM | We made the finals!
Genotopia’s article “On city life, the history of science, and the genetics of race” has made the top 10 in the 3QuarksDaily science blog contest! Finalists will be judged by the distinguished primatologist and popular author Frans de Waal. Bite your fingernails for me–and stay tuned for further details.
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9:51 AM | Physics Week in Review: September 6, 2014
The folks at TED-Ed asked for my recommendations regarding Math 101: A reading list for lifelong learners. I also have a post up this week at the NOVA physics blog: Quantum Physicists Catch a Pilot... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 05, 2014

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7:50 PM | Mosaics Revealed at Alexander the Great-Era Tomb
No graves (including Alexander’s) have been discovered yet at the Kasta Hill site at Amphipolis in Macedonia, but new finds are increasing interest around the excavation. Continue reading →
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7:10 PM | Monet Discovered in Suitcase of 'Nazi Art' Hoarder
Reclusive son of a Nazi-era art dealer who amassed a giant secret collection snuck a Monet with him into the German hospital where he died in May.
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6:00 PM | 'Last Supper' Papyrus May Be One of Oldest Christian Charms
A 1,500-year-old fragment of Greek papyrus with writing that refers to the biblical Last Supper may be one of the oldest Christian amulets.
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4:31 PM | The real Delving of the Dwarves
“You fear to go into those mines. The dwarves delved too greedily and too deep“ In European folklore dwarves are often associated with mines and underground treasures, a myth also popularized by author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) with his underground city of  Khazad-dûm – the Delving of the Dwarves, a mining complex made by [...]
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4:31 PM | The real Delving of the Dwarves
“You fear to go into those mines. The dwarves delved too greedily and too deep“ In European folklore dwarves are often associated with mines and underground treasures, a myth also... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:37 PM | Explainer: What Billionaires Want for Their Political Cash
Piles of cash go to parties and pet causes on both sides of the political spectrum. Where do the big-donor philosophies differ, and is there any common ground?
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2:26 PM | The naming of America
Some weeks ago I stumbled into an exchange amongst historians on Twitter about the origin of the Name of America and was totally stunned to learn that a very successful English popular historian and television personality is convinced that the … Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Ancient Roman Jewelry Found Under Shop
The bracelets and necklaces, representing one of the finest collection of Roman jewelry, were buried in Colcester, U.K., by a terrified Roman woman. Continue reading →

September 04, 2014

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3:10 PM | Explainer: Why Russia and Ukraine Are Fighting
TestTube's Steve Goldbloom breaks down the current conflict in Ukraine -- what it's all about, and how the battling factions ended up squaring off.
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10:45 AM | “Went to Sir JB’s”: Charles Blagden’s diary and scientific life in Georgian London
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September 03, 2014

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1:58 PM | Explainer: Israel's Iron Dome Defense System
Israel has put its "Iron Dome" missile defense system to remarkably accurate use in its fight with Hamas. Trace examines the system itself and what it may or may not augur for the future.

September 02, 2014

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9:10 PM | Stonehenge Was Once A Complete Circle
Marks left behind by ancient, parched grass show that the iconic monument was once a perfect circle.
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9:00 PM | Psychedelic Culture Tripped Circa 500 A.D.
Mind-altering substances were all the rage 1,500 years ago, at least among certain elite members of a South American society.
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5:59 PM | Tensor networks get entangled with quantum gravity
Using tensors to describe quantum entanglement shows promise as a way to understand gravity.
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5:38 AM | Wikipedia: Zinaida Ermolieva
Zinaida Vissarionovna Ermolieva (Russian: Зинаида Виссарионовна Ермольева; 15 October 1898 [O.S. 27 October] – 2 December 1974) was a Russian microbiologist and epidemiologist who led the Soviet effort to generate penicillin during the Second World War. Biography Born on a farm in the Frolovo […]
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1:12 AM | Tensor networks get entangled with quantum gravity
ContextQuantum Physics by Tom Siegfried 1:59pm, September 2, 2014 First of two partsOne of the first steps toward becoming a scientist is discovering the difference between speed and velocity.To nonscientists, it’s usually a meaningless distinction. Fast is fast, slow is slow. But speed, technically, refers only to rate of motion. Velocity encompasses both speed and direction. In […]

September 01, 2014

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7:07 PM | Vintage Dinosaur Art: The Doctor Who Dinosaur Book
It's a very good day for those interested in palaeoart - its history, trends over time, the current consensus on restoring certain animals, and where it might be going. Firstly, there's Mark Witton's article in Palaeontology Online, in addition to one on the 'new' Spinosaurus on his own blog. Secondly, Darren Naish's latest blog post is also a look at the changing appearance of dinosaurs in art (what, again?).Here at LITC, we like to think we do our bit in aiding public understanding of the […]
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