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November 17, 2014

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5:05 PM | Researchers create and control spin waves, lifting prospects for enhanced info processing
A team of physicists has developed a method to control the movements occurring within magnetic materials, which are used to store and carry information. The breakthrough could simultaneously bolster information processing while reducing the energy necessary to do so.
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4:02 PM | Spiral laser beam creates quantum whirlpool
Physicists at ANU have engineered a spiral laser beam and used it to create a whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons. “Creating circulating currents of polaritons – vortices – […]
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3:53 PM | Home cooking is a main ingredient in a healthier diet
People who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier, consume fewer calories regardless of where they ate dinner People who frequently cook meals at home eat healthier and consume fewer […]
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3:51 PM | Chlamydia knock out the body’s own cancer defence
By breaking down the cancer-suppressing protein p53, Chlamydia prevent programmed cell death and thereby favour the process of cancer development Infections due to the sexually transmitted bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis often […]
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3:49 PM | Less Sex + More Greens = A Longer Life
Doctors tell us that the frenzied pace of the modern 24-hour lifestyle — in which we struggle to juggle work commitments with the demands of family and daily life — […]
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3:48 PM | Adjusting Earth’s thermostat, with caution
Harvard scientists say aspects of solar geoengineering can—and should—be tested without need for full-scale deployment A vast majority of scientists believe that the Earth is warming at an unprecedented rate […]
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3:45 PM | Tumor suppressor also inhibits key property of stem cells
A protein that plays a critical role in preventing the development of many types of human cancers has been shown also to inhibit a vital stem cell property called pluripotency, […]
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3:43 PM | Entomologists hope vigilance, research stop newly discovered spotted lanternfly
People seeing the spotted lanternfly for the first time are struck by its sometimes-flashy appearance. But don’t let its colorful, butterfly-like veneer fool you, caution entomologists in Penn State’s College […]
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3:24 PM | Eureka: Bridge to Dark Matter
The first time you hear about dark matter, it sounds kind of crazy– asserting that we’re surrounded by tons of invisible stuff is usually a good way to get locked up. But the process of its discovery is surprisingly ordinary: it’s just what you do when you play cards. Here’s the second green-screen video I’ve…
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3:00 PM | Experimental economics in the electricity sector deregulation
This is the English version of a section in Ferreira (2014) , a paper dedicated to overview the experiments in Industrial Organization that appeared in […] Read more The post Experimental economics in the electricity sector deregulation appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:Experimenting with markets Private health insurance: adverse or propitious selection? Game Theory explains professionals’ play
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1:31 PM | Magic tricks created using artificial intelligence for the first time  
Researchers working on artificial intelligence at Queen Mary University of London have taught a computer to create magic tricks. The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a […]
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1:01 PM | Aurora borealis and thoughts about November
In ten days ago (7.-8.11.2014), I observed nice northern lights in Kuusamo town. Weather was quite crispy during the night, temperature was about -15 degrees below zero! Sky wasn’t very dark during my observing session, almost full Moon was shining in the sky, and also the lights of the town were interfering the show of […]
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12:00 PM | Mysteries of Matter...
Image and video sourceFor more high energy and particle physics information, see:International Journal of High Energy Physics: CERN Courier
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11:26 AM | I am not a smart man
“I’m a physicist”… “Wow, you must be clever!” This is an interaction most physicists would admit to having at some point. Physics is difficult: everyone knows this. We take pride in it. Ours is the most difficult subject, the most worthy; we are the scientific elite. We are confident about our standing in academia. But […] The post I am not a smart man appeared first on physicsfocus.org.
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10:09 AM | Researchers discern the shapes of high-order Brownian motions
For the first time, scientists have vividly mapped the shapes and textures of high-order modes of Brownian motions - in this case, the collective macroscopic movement of molecules in microdisk resonators.
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8:46 AM | Printing complex electronic circuits using a common t-shirt printer
Resistors, transistors and capacitors, the key components of a complex electronic circuit, are printed using non-toxic organic materials like silver nanoparticles, carbon and plastics.
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6:00 AM | What's in your bag? | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics
On roadmaps, scanners, ducks, and a mystery objectI just went through security at St Pancras, to catch a Eurostar to Brussels for discussions on a new ESFRI roadmap. ESFRI is the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure and provides a mechanism for setting priorities in big science infrastructure in Europe, as a guide to investment by governments and the EU. I am attending as a follow-on from being involved in the European strategy update for particle physics. Those priorities have to […]
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5:04 AM | Someone was stupid on the internet
See more on Know Your Meme Even though I am a woman who is working as an engineer at an academic institution, I have no ability or authority to discuss anything having to do with women in hard sciences. Totally reasonable, right? The person who told me this is a man who works in sports medicine. […]
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5:00 AM | Around the World in 52 Months
The Department of Energy’s ARM Climate Research Facility has selected six field campaigns to take place from 2015 through most of 2019. These new efforts kick off in the summer of 2015 at the Southern Great Plans site.
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5:00 AM | INCITE Grants Awarded to 56 Computational Research Projects
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science announced 56 projects aimed at accelerating scientific discovery and innovation that will share 5.8 billion core-hours on America’s two fastest supercomputers dedicated to open science.
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4:00 AM | MUSE ‘fotografa’ uno spettacolare ‘incidente cosmico’
Il nuovo strumento MUSE (Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer) installato sul VLT (Very Large Telescope) dell’ESO ha fornito ai ricercatori la miglior veduta di uno spettacolare ‘incidente cosmico’. Le osservazioni rivelano per la prima volta il moto del gas che viene strappato dalla galassia ESO 137-001, una galassia una galassia a spirale situata a circa 200 milioni di anni […]

November 16, 2014

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9:27 PM | Public Shaming in the Interest of Orthodoxy
In re: Time magazine’s poll of words which are, like, grody to the max OK, let’s give Steinmetz a big heaping dollop of benefit-of-the-doubt. Suppose you really are just exasperated by celebrities being, you know, celebrities in interviews. Sure. Fine. Then shouldn’t you direct your ire to the media apparatus which persists in caring about […]
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9:05 PM | Milky Way View From Japanese Observatory
Taken on Sept. 16th 2014, found it today via NAOJ"This panorama combines 7 pictures taken with a diagonal fisheye lens.The conditions inside Mizusawa VLBI Observatory are good and it is possible to see the Milky Way, but if you travel 30 minutes by car to the city outskirts, the city lights decrease and it is even easier to see.Objects like the Great Summer Triangle and the Andromeda Galaxy are pictured around the rainbow shaped Milky Way."Image Credit: National Astronomical […]
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7:21 PM | Weekend Diversion: Norway vs. Kenya
The greatest international internet meme war dates back to 2005. Many brave pixels were wounded.Continue reading on Medium »
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4:06 PM | Carnaval de (#micro)Matemáticas, edición Alan Turing: los ganadores
Las matemáticas están en todas partes. Las matemáticas nos permiten calcular al detalle como debemos lanzar una sonda para que tras 10 años se encuentre con un cometa. Podemos tener aparatos que conocen el punto exacto en el que estamos gracias a la señal de varios satélites y a la resolución de unas ecuaciones. Tenemos […]
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3:00 PM | MI weekly selection #101
Massive storms on Uranus baffle scientists. Astronomers have detected a wave of powerful storms touching down on the planet Uranus, surprising scientists who previously […] Read more The post MI weekly selection #101 appeared first on Mapping Ignorance. Related posts:The Oxford Questions on the foundations of quantum mechanics Game Theory explains professionals’ play Sieving at the nanoscale: desalination of seawater through nanoporous graphene
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2:41 PM | What does the NSA think of academic cryptographers? Recently-declassified document provides clues
Brighten Godfrey was one of my officemates when we were grad students at Berkeley.  He’s now a highly-successful computer networking professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studies the wonderful question of how we could get the latency of the Internet down to the physical limit imposed by the finiteness of the speed of light.  (Right now, […]
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2:01 PM | Jaynes on Mathematical Courtesy
Edwin Jaynes rails against modern mathematical writing.
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1:15 PM | Benefits of an Academic Day Job
I’ve been quieter than usual here, partly because I’ve been crushingly busy, but primarily because most of the things I want to talk about, I can’t. Not yet, anyway. But I’m still alive, and this murderous term will be over soon, at which point blogging will pick up a bit. I will throw in a…
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12:00 PM | The Shadow Knows...
Image SourceThe Shadow knows (or, at least "they" do)."They" know without any critical thinking skills, reason, logic or investigative training. "They" know without any expertise that climate change is a hoax (even write books of pseudoscience on it), get reelected with committee appointments in congress over environmental regulation. Clean air; clean water; survival of the species: no problem! I guess the Department of Defense can scrap that whole pesky, fact-based road map.The […]
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