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April 13, 2014

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12:23 PM | Jurij Gagarin: a dream during an orbit
by @ulaulaman about #YuriGagarin #space_esploration #Russia #ColdWar He was born in Klušino on the 9th March, 1934; he died on the 27th March 1968, in a plane crash. His death and the controversy that followed and especially the pioneering gesture for which I remembered him today, make me pull over to Hal Jordan, a comic book superhero. In fact, Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin, when he returned home from his space mission, was celebrated as a hero, as a man who was raised on humanity in all […]
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12:12 PM | Union College Hockey, NCAA Champions
One of the weird quirks of Union college, where I teach, is that the hockey teams compete in the NCAA’s Division I, something that doesn’t usually happen for a school with only 2200 students. That might seem like a ridiculously terrible idea, but last night, it worked surprisingly well: Union beat perennial hockey power Minnesota…
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11:20 AM | Projectile Motion: Pushing the Envelope
Think everything that's publishable for say an old classical topic like projectile motions has already been published?  Turns out the old 'lob the projectile at a constant velocity in a constant gravitational field' problem is still producing.  Check out this paper from J. L. Fernandez-Chapou, A. L. Salas-Brito, and C. A. Vargas published in 2004.  It eventually made its way into the American Journal of Physics.  In the paper, the authors show that if you write down the […]
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10:06 AM | New Chinese herbal medicine has significant potential in treating hepatitis C
Data from a late-breaking abstract presented at the International Liver […]
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10:01 AM | Splice Variants Reveal Connections Among Autism Genes
A team of researchers from the University of California, San […]
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7:47 AM | Probability: Part 2 (Distributions)
Probability: Part 2 (Distributions) Editors Note: This week, I’m busy with final exams here in Guelph, so my good friend Michael Schmidt has graciously agreed to do a guest post. Thanks, Mike! Hi everyone! Since last time I decided to talk about the basics of … Continue reading → The post Probability: Part 2 (Distributions) appeared first on The Physics Mill.
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3:10 AM | internet!me
It was the custom of the ancient Persians to reconsider while sober all Twitter avatar choices made while drunk, and vice versa. Me encouraging scientists to use Twitter sometimes feels like Bill Hicks saying, “I am available for children’s parties, by the way.”
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1:58 AM | This title isn’t nearly innovative enough
I’ve been pondering a question…and asking a few people, as well. What do you consider innovative? In particular, I’m wondering if people say it is only innovative to have a new idea that no one has thought of before.  What about a different scenario: would you consider it innovative if you came up with a viable […]

April 12, 2014

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5:49 PM | Backreactions
A frightening fraction of my open tabs are some of Bee’s posts at Backreaction – so to save my browsers, I dump them here for further future perusal: Are irreproducible scientific results okay and just business as usual? Shut up and let me think Should the Nobel Prize be given to collaborations and institution? Women…
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1:55 PM | Nine Charged in Conspiracy to Steal Millions of Dollars Using Zeus Malware
Nine alleged members of a wide-ranging racketeering enterprise and conspiracy […]
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1:32 PM | Odds that global warming is due to natural factors: Slim to none
Statistical analysis rules out natural-warming hypothesis with more than 99 […]
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1:15 PM | Yuri’s Night! April 12!
“Circling the Earth in my orbital spaceship I marveled at the beauty of our planet. People of the world, let us safeguard and enhance this beauty — not destroy it!“- Yuri Gagarin Soviet pilot and cosmonaut, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin, became the first human to travel to space when on April 12, 1961 his Vostok spacecraft successfully […]
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12:49 PM | The Hold Steady at The Hollow, Albany
This was kind of a dispiriting week in a lot of ways, but as mentioned in yesterday’s links dump, Kate and I had tickets for the Hold Steady in Albany last night. And since schools are closed next week, we packed SteelyKid and The Pip off to Grandma and Grandpa’s, and went to a rock…
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11:00 AM | Cosmological Quests for the Next Decade
The inaugural cosmology conference in April 2014 will celebrate 40th anniversary of KASI. The workshop will cover recent progresses in observational and theoretical cosmology including the galaxies and large-scale structures, […]
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9:19 AM | Physics Week in Review: April 12, 2014
There were several physics news items this week, coming on the heels of the APS April Meeting in Savannah Georgia. Like a BOSS: Astronomers make the most precise measurement yet of the expanding... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:36 AM | Hubble Plateaus
In times past we have lovingly tracked the proposal frenzy as the near annual Hubble Space Telescope proposal deadline approaches. As was noted by Julianne several years ago, and confirmed over the last half dozen cycles, the shape of the curve of number of submitted proposals as a function of time until the deadline is…
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5:30 AM | meta blogging
Notes on Academic Blogging – Crooked Timber pines for the Good Old days Old School Blogging – seeing a pattern here… Want an Academic job? Hold your tongue Is it Journalism or just a prepackage press release – Sunlight Foundation’s Churnalism tool.
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5:00 AM | The Impact of Feedback on Star and Galaxy Formation
After several decades of theoretical developments and spectacular observations of star formation sites and star forming galaxies, our understanding of star formation in the universe has profoundly evolved. Designing a […]

April 11, 2014

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10:30 PM | Lonely chairs at CERN | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics
Tomorrow's Today Programme yesterdayThis collection of moody furniture photos has started doing the rounds, and I feel it would be remiss of me not to share it with you. I love it.Having heard some bloke try to justify his creepy women-on-tube-eating-food facebook page this morning on BBC Radio Four's premier news programme, I confidently expect to hear how this "lonely chair" business is proper art tomorrow on all major outlets. So I thought the Guardian should get in. It's art. And the […]
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7:28 PM | Every devil I meet becomes a friend of mine
It’s not the Devil’s land, you know it’s not that kind Every devil I meet becomes a friend of mine Every devil I meet is an angel in disguise —”Jonas and Ezekiel“, The Indigo Girls The American West is rife with hellish nomenclature. Settlers pushing west from the organized United States into the Plains and […]
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7:14 PM | Australia Rejects Homeopathy
Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has determined that homeopathy is utterly, totally, glaringly useless. It's nice when governmental organizations get things right.You could read the NHMRC statement about their homeopathy ruling, or just watch the infinitely more entertaining send up on homeopathy by the comedy duo Mitchell and Webb You should enjoy the whole thing, but the key message comes at about 1:40 into the clip.I can see why some people might be taken in […]
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6:26 PM | In latest generation of tiny biosensors, size isn't everything
UCLA researchers overturn conventional wisdom on nanowire-based diagnostic devices.
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6:02 PM | La serie infinita del triangolo aureo
Un triangolo aureo è un triangolo isoscele in cui il rapporto tra uno dei lati uguali con la base è pari alla sezione aurea $\varphi$. Utilizzando un triangolo aureo di lato 1, è possibile dimostrare che \[1 + \frac{1}{\varphi^2} + \frac{1}{\varphi^4} + \cdots = \varphi\] \[\frac{1}{\varphi} + \frac{1}{\varphi^3} + \cdots = 1\] \[\frac{1}{\varphi} + \frac{1}{\varphi^2} + \frac{1}{\varphi^3} + \cdots = \varphi\] Il triangolo aureo qui sopra è lo screenshot della […]

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4:53 PM | How many quarks would a charm quark charm if a charm quark could charm quarks?
Fundamental physics is having quite a spectacular season.  In mid-March, the collaborators of the BICEP2 telescope announced the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation, answering a long-standing question about the beginnings of the universe. Now, on the heels of that … Continue reading →
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4:03 PM | Adventures in Hosing
We're trying a new type of roughing pump vacuum hosing.  We're moving away from the traditional classic, red rubber tubing and trying out Kuritech K7130 Polywire Hose!  The kids and I went on an adventure a week and a half ago to check the hosing out at Bryan Hose and Gasket!  Everyone was super nice, and it looked like if you turned up later in the day you could have free popcorn.  It was Sam's first science trip.  Jr. used to go on these all the time when were at […]
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3:46 PM | Shorter list for gamma-ray telescope sites, but no home yet
Where will host the world’s next generation ground-based γ-ray detector, the Cherenkov Telescope Array? The answer is, still no one knows. But a panel of funders have narrowed the field following a meeting in Munich, Germany, this week.  Read more
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3:34 PM | New physical phenomenon on nanowires seen for the first time
Scientists have demonstrated for the first time that both, efficient light emission and detection functionalities can be achieved in the very same nanowire material by applying mechanical strain.
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2:25 PM | The ATM strikes back - with nanoparticles
Hot foam may soon send criminals running if they damage ATM. Researchers have developed a special film that triggers an intense reaction when destroyed. The idea originates from a beetle that uses a gas explosion to fend off attackers.
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2:07 PM | Tuning a single nanowire improves solar cells and LEDs
Changes at the atom level in nanowires offer vast possibilities for improvement of solar cells and LED light. Researchers have discovered that by tuning a small strain on single nanowires they can become more effective in LEDs and solar cells.
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2:00 PM | What are we talking about when we talk about glass ceilings?
Every year, as the International Women’s Day approaches, a classic topic for the media is to summarize statistics related to the gender wage gap. […] Read more The post What are we talking about when we talk about glass ceilings? appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Admitting our ignorance: unexpected earthquakes under the magnifying glass The effects of Affirmative Action policies against discrimination Ownership control, transnational corporations and financial […]
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