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January 26, 2015

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9:30 AM | Thesis: Beginning of the End
“The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know. Still, the struggle itself is worthwhile.” – Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself As I write this, I’m sitting here in my room in Oxfordshire, thinking about the future. Tomorrow I travel back to St Andrews again and in the immediate future I’m wondering […]
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9:00 AM | Metglas spintronics – the next step for this 1980s smart material?
Back in the early 1980s scientific and commercial interest in metallic glass materials was beginning to take off. And in recent years there have begun... The post Metglas spintronics – the next step for this 1980s smart material? appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
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9:00 AM | Metglas spintronics – the next step for this 1980s smart material?
Back in the early 1980s scientific and commercial interest in metallic glass materials was beginning to take off. And in recent years there have begun... The post Metglas spintronics – the next step for this 1980s smart material? appeared first on Spin and Tonic.
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5:00 AM | How Ionic: Scaffolding is in Charge of Calcium Carbonate Crystals
Using a powerful microscope that lets researchers see the formation of crystals in real time, a team led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that negatively charged molecules — such as carbohydrates found in the shells of mollusks — control where, when, and how calcium carbonate forms.
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5:00 AM | Office of Science Salutes New APS Fellows
Thirty-two researchers from DOE national labs are elected as American Physical Society Fellows.
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4:00 AM | Dai paradossi della cosmologia a nuove idee sull’Universo
Alcune semplici osservazioni del mondo che ci circonda sembrano contraddire le leggi della fisica. Risolvere questi paradossi potrebbe cambiare il modo con cui comprendiamo l’Universo. Spesso le rivoluzioni scientifiche arrivano dallo risoluzione di paradossi che sembrano irrisolvibili. Si sa, quando gli scienziati si concentrano intensamente sulla ricerca di una soluzione finale, di solito si arriva ad … Continue reading Dai paradossi della cosmologia a nuove idee […]

January 25, 2015

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9:24 PM | Il (non) carnevale della fisica #5
E siamo giunti, con l'ultima domenica di gennaio 2015, alla quinta edizione del (non) carnevale della fisica, appuntamento che, spero, sia atteso da sempre più lettori. L'introduzione di questa edizione è dedicata a Philipp Eduard Anton von Lenard, che ha vinto il quinto Nobel per la fisica, nel 1905, per il suo lavoro sui raggi catodici.Nato il 7 giugno del 1862, iniziò a interessarsi dei raggi catodici nel 1888. I raggi catodici sono un fascio di elettroni prodotti […]

Lenard, P. (1894). Ueber Kathodenstrahlen in Gasen von atmosphärischem Druck und im äussersten Vacuum, Annalen der Physik, 287 (2) 225-267. DOI: 10.1002/andp.18942870202

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9:23 PM | Annihilator: Hollywood, the galaxy and everything
by @ulaulaman a review of #Annihilator, a #cosmic #comics by Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving Rabbits are animals extremely prolific, almost legendary in their rate of reproduction, so that Leonardo Fibonacci, thanks to these cute rodents, discovered (or re-discovered) the series that bears his name: 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 and so on, and where each number is the sum of the previous two.However, it is astonishing to note how pervasive within nature this series of numbers is: we can find it, for […]
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9:04 PM | Weekend Diversion: Superman vs. Baseball
With superhuman speed, strength and precision, how far could the man of steel hit a baseball?Continue reading on Medium »
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8:35 PM | Will the ocean follow the land? Marine ecosystems at a tipping point to follow terrestrial defaunation
I’m late on this, but still an important story to discuss…a review in Science last week highlights the precipice on which we as a society perch regarding the potential massive loss of marine ecosystems.  The article reviews similar signs in … Continue reading →

McCauley, D., Pinsky, M., Palumbi, S., Estes, J., Joyce, F. & Warner, R. (2015). Marine defaunation: Animal loss in the global ocean, Science, 347 (6219) 1255641-1255641. DOI: 10.1126/science.1255641

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7:35 PM | About saturation
Time to kick off a new year of blog posts! For my first post of 2015, I'm continuing a series I've had on hold since nearly the same time last year, about the research I work on for my job. This is based on a paper my group published in Physical Review Letters and an answer I posted at Physics Stack Exchange. In the first post of the series, I wrote about how particle physicists characterize collisions between protons. A quark or gluon from one proton (the "probe"), carrying a fraction of that […]
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3:12 PM | Ain’t No Party Like a SteelyKid Party
I’ve mentioned in a few places that SteelyKid frequently comes home from school/ camp/ day care singing garbled versions of current pop hits. So for the first time since about 1990, I added a Top 40 station to my car radio presets, so I would know what she was actually trying to sing. This leads…
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3:00 PM | MI weekly selection #113
Scorpion fly first to feed on human corpses. Researchers working with human cadavers were surprised to see scorpion flies arrive first to feed on […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #113 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:MI’s 2014: the ten most read articles MI’s 2014: Editors’ Picks Melodies of proteins
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12:58 PM | Deflategate: The Final Chapter
The low-level cold I’ve been nursing for a month now finally exploded into the full unpleasantness of my usual winter illness Saturday, or else I would’ve been more active following up on my Deflategate article and my ideal gas law post. As it was, for most of the day, I could barely keep on top…
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9:54 AM | Caution: This piece contains a lot of mentions of the word ‘jargon’.
When writing one of my first pieces for The Hindu, I remember being called out for using a lot of jargon. While the accusation itself may have been justified, the word my supervisor chose as an example of the problem was surprising: “refraction”. He wanted me to spell it out in 10 words or so […]
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9:13 AM | Sometimes a Particle Isn’t Possible
Sometimes a Particle Isn’t Possible Last time, I showed you how you could construct a photon, a light particle, in a configuration of mirrors called a ring cavity. This time I’ll show you that sometimes, you can’t make just one particle—they only come in pairs. … Continue reading → The post Sometimes a Particle Isn’t Possible appeared first on The Physics Mill.
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5:46 AM | Light pillars in fantasy world
In the night between 23rd and 24th of January 2015, the scenary in Kuusamo, Finland was just like in a fantasy world! There was lots of snow and trees wee covered in thick layer of frost! The sky was cloudy, and some ice crystals were raining from the stratus -clouds hanging at low level. The […]

January 24, 2015

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5:03 PM | IYL 2015 Events #4 | Week 26 January – 1 February
Originally posted on International Year of Light Blog:Find below the activities listed on the IYL 2015 Event Programme starting between 26 January and 1 February. Click on the links for more information on the different activities. New Conference on the Year of Light Programme in Graz (Graz, Austria) | 26 January Official Opening of…
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2:50 PM | Soil #1: incrinare la perfezione
A partire da Lost in particolare (ma si potrebbe già citare Il prigioniero della BBC degli anni Sessanta del XX secolo, o la più recente Alias, sempre restando al pre-Lost) le serie televisive hanno iniziato a ragionare in maniera molto più "supereroistica", se così si può dire, ovvero proponendo episodi con una forte continuity interna, esaltata da una trama forte, come i sopravvissuti da un incidente aereo nel caso di Lost, o un agente segreto che cerca di […]
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12:48 PM | Life & Physics in pictures - No. 3
Not much time to write this weekend, but here are some more Life-and-Physics-related snaps, at least some of which may be “quite interesting”, as Stephen Fry might put it Continue reading...
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10:45 AM | Physics Week in Review: January 24, 2015
Sunday brought two NFL playoff games, whereby the Seattle Seahawks eked out an unlikely victory over the Green Bay Packers, and the New England Patriots trounced the Baltimore Colts. But the latter... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:00 AM | Galaxies Inside and Out
The aim of the workshop is to discuss the latest developments on the studies of galaxies, including new results and current and upcoming surveys, combined with an overview of the themes covered in the workshop, outlined below.  The themes to be covered in the workshop are: Structure and dynamics of galaxies Star formation in galaxies … Continue reading Galaxies Inside and Out →
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4:00 AM | Cosmology on Safari
The past decade has seen a significant growth in cosmological observations that have placed increasingly tighter constraints on the cosmological model and the basic parameters that describe it. While we have an excellent phenomenological model a more fundamental picture is largely missing, considering both the very earliest times where high-energy processes are relevant and in … Continue reading Cosmology on Safari →

January 23, 2015

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11:28 PM | Ask Ethan #72: The timeline of the Universe
We claim to know the Universe’s history to incredible precision. But is this justified?Continue reading on Medium »
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9:54 PM | Tonal languages require humidity
The weather impacts not only upon our mood but also our voice. An international research team including scientists from the Max Planck Institutes for Psycholinguistics, Evolutionary Anthropology and Mathematics in […]
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9:53 PM | Lucid dreams and metacognition: Awareness of thinking — awareness of dreaming
To control one’s dreams and to live out there what is impossible in real life – a truly tempting idea. Some persons – so-called lucid dreamers -can do this. Researchers […]
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9:52 PM | A 3-D view of the Greenland Ice Sheet opens window on ice history
Scientists using ice-penetrating radar data collected by NASA’s Operation IceBridge and earlier airborne campaigns have built the first comprehensive map of layers deep inside the Greenland Ice Sheet, opening a […]
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9:52 PM | The latest fashion: Graphene edges can be tailor-made
Theoretical physicists at Rice University are living on the edge as they study the astounding properties of graphene. In a new study, they figure out how researchers can fracture graphene […]
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7:16 PM | Improvements in transistors will make flexible plastic computers a reality
Researchers at Japan's National Institute for Materials Science revealed that improvements should soon be expected in the manufacture of transistors that can be used, for example, to make flexible, paper-thin computer screens.
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7:09 PM | Diaper compound may expand power of microscopes
Expansion microscopy is a process that enlarges cell structures, allowing scientists to take nanoscale pictures of healthy and disease tissue throughout the body using common microscopes.
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