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November 21, 2014

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9:08 PM | EPA Clean Power Plan Explained!
What to give thanks for this year….my wife, the Milwaukee Bucks, doughnuts…or how about the leaders of two world superpowers coming together and agreeing on new carbon emission reduction standards for 2030!  Oh, and when I say superpower, I mean … Continue reading →

Fowlie, M., Goulder, L., Kotchen, M., Borenstein, S., Bushnell, J., Davis, L., Greenstone, M., Kolstad, C., Knittel, C., Stavins, R. & Wara, M. (2014). An economic perspective on the EPA's Clean Power Plan, Science, 346 (6211) 815-816. DOI: 10.1126/science.1261349

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November 19, 2014

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3:03 PM | The effect of beer foam on resisting beer spills
Beer foam, as a subject of experimental inquiry, will be on tap at a physics meeting next week: Abstract: H16.00009: “Damping of liquid sloshing by foams: from everyday observations to liquid transport“ 67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Sunday–Tuesday, November 23–25, 2014; San Francisco, California, Session H16: Free-Surface Flows V: General, […]
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1:57 PM | High Precision, Not High Energy: Video
Back in August, I gave a talk in Stockholm at the Nordita workshop for science writers, about precision measurement searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. There’s now video of this online: The video quality isn’t great, but if you’d like a clearer look at the slides, I’ve posted them on SlideShare. The talk was…
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12:00 PM | When Your Congressman IS a Rocket Scientist...
Source: Link belowNote: Dr. Holt represented New Jersey, but hey: we're close enough! Okay, he was actually a plasma physics person, but you get the drift. Go with the bit...Rush Holt, a physicist, educator, and eight-term Democratic member of Congress, has been named the new CEO of AAAS (which publishes ScienceInsider). He will succeed Alan Leshner, a neuroscientist who is stepping down this winter after leading AAAS since 2001.Holt, 66, has represented a New Jersey district since 1999, but in […]
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11:00 AM | Used Tips – ‘graphene’
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2:26 AM | Eliminating correlations from evolutionary ecology
De novo creation of olfactory receptor genes clearly links food odors via amino acid substitutions to cell type differentiation in mosquitoes, and in nematodes, flies, honeybees, etc. It would be surprising if cause and effect did not extend to vertebrates...Read more
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1:11 AM | Is the Higgs boson really the Higgs boson? University of...
Is the Higgs boson really the Higgs boson? University of Florida Professor of Physics Darin Acosta explains what we know about the Higgs boson and what is left to discover. By: National Science Foundation.
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12:00 AM | Science Book a Day Interviews Philip Ball
Special thanks to Philip Ball for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Invisible: The Dangerous Allure of the Unseen Philip Ball is a freelance science writer. He worked previously at Nature for over 20 years, first […]

November 18, 2014

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11:20 PM | Watch This Gigantic Wall of Snow Engulf Buffalo, New York
This snow storm is so intense that it looks like a thick, dense cloud has blanketed part of the city of Buffalo. And that's what's extraordinary about it. This is an intensely localized storm, which dumped several feet of snow on just one narrow slice of the city. Read more...
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8:40 PM | What the Hell Is This Tentacled, Geometric Structure?!
What is in this picture? Grout building up on industrial equipment? A melting screw and bolt? Seaweed on a recovered bit of the Titanic? I'll give you a hint. It's very, very small.Read more...
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8:16 PM | Sound Science I know hyperbole is über-fashionable these days,...
Sound Science I know hyperbole is über-fashionable these days, but I am not exaggerating one bit when I say this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. New Zealand musician Nigel Stanford presents "CYMATICS", a music video created with a host of mind-boggling physics experiments. To accompany the song, Nigel employed all sorts of scientific tools to make the invisible visible, allowing us to “see” sound via magnetic fields, electric arcs, flickering flames, and […]
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7:20 PM | The Chameleon in the Vacuum Chamber (Synopsis)
The particles of the standard model, some type of dark matter and dark energy, and the four fundamental forces. That’s all there is, right? What if that isn’t true? What if dark energy, for example, isn’t simply energy inherent to space itself? What if it isn’t just an unusual property of gravitation, but rather a dynamical…
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4:00 PM | This Real Physics Phenomenon Would Make The Perfect Fictional Bomb
Ever heard of Wigner energy? It caused the worst nuclear disaster in British history. That's because it works much better in fiction than in reality.Read more...
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2:50 PM | Return of the Revenge of the Project for Non-Academic Science
I’ve been doing a lot of darkness-cursing lately (mostly off-line), so we could stand to have a little candle-lighting. It’s been a few years since I last did a round of profiles of scientists outside academia, so let’s see if that will fly again… So, if you 1) Have a degree in a STEM field…
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2:04 PM | GPS Might be Tool in Detecting Mysterious Dark Matter, Physicists Say
Two physicists – Dr Maxim Pospelov from the University of Victoria and Prof Andrei Derevianko of the University of Nevada, Reno – have proposed a novel method for search of the mysterious and elusive material called dark matter. Dark matter is a mysterious substance thought to account for about 80 % of the mass in [...]
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1:21 AM | Molecular modeling and physics: A tale of two disciplines
For its development physics relies both on time for understanding and on multiple other disciplines that make tools like the LHC possible (Image: Universe Today)In my professional field of molecular modeling and drug discovery I often feel like an explorer who has arrived on the shores of a new continent with a very sketchy map in his pocket. There are untold wonders to be seen on the continent and the map certainly points to a productive direction in which to proceed, but the explorer […]

November 17, 2014

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9:28 PM | Are mutations beneficial?
Researchers develop non-invasive method to detect tumor-causing mutations in saliva Excerpt: “…a multiplexible electrochemical sensor uses electrode chips to enable vesicular entities in saliva called exosomes to rapidly release molecular constituents (DNA, RNA and proteins) while simultaneously detecting any mutations...Read more
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8:16 PM | Communication with spatially modulated light through turbulent...
Communication with spatially modulated light through turbulent air across Vienna via mindblowingscience: World first: scientists have sent images across Vienna using “twisted light” For the first time ever, information has been transmitted outdoors using the “twist” of a visible light beam - a technique that could help revolutionise the way we communicate data. In a world first, green twisted light has been beamed 3 km across Vienna, Austria, carrying three images […]
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3:27 PM | Quantum Whirlpool Stirred By Spiral Laser Beam
A whirlpool of hybrid light-matter particles called polaritons has been created using a spiral laser beam. Polaritons are hybrid particles that have properties of both matter and light. The ability to control polariton flows in this way could aid the development of completely novel technology to link conventional electronics with new laser and fibre-based technologies. Polaritons form in semiconductors when laser light interacts with electrons and holes (positively charged vacancies) so […]
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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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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 […]

November 16, 2014

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6:15 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! Just the Facts, Psychoneuroimmunology, MOOCs, and Kim Kardashian
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Bath and Body WorksDBTEscepticafeminismgrounded parentsKim KardashianLena DunhamMOOCsParentingphysicspseudosciencepsychoneuroimmunologyschool of doubtSciencesex abuseskepticismspecial needs childrenteachingTeen SkepchickVeteran's DaySunday Funny: Landing (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 119: Turn Up the Heat After several weeks off, Mindy is back with a brand new Physics Philes! DBT ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Gravitational Waves Could Unlock Secrets Of The Black Hole Universe
When two giant LIGO detectors are switched on in the US next year, they will help scientists pick up the faint ripples of black hole collisions millions of years ago, known as gravitational waves.  Black holes cannot be seen, but scientists hope the revamped detectors, which act like giant microphones, will find remnants of black hole collisions - and theoretical physicists hope experimentalists will give validation for their numerical model.read more
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9:54 AM | A New Search For The A Boson With CMS
I am quite happy to report today that the CMS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider has just published a new search which fills a gap in studies of extended Higgs boson sectors. It is a search for the decay of the A boson into Zh pairs, where the Z in turn decays to an electron-positron or a muon-antimuon pair, and the h is assumed to be the 125 GeV Higgs and is sought for in its decay to b-quark pairs. If you are short of time, this is the bottomline: no A boson is found in Run 1 […]

November 15, 2014

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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** The big […]
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2:10 PM | Morsels For The Mind – 14/11/2014
Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** The big […]
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10:45 AM | Physics Week in Review (Philae Edition): November 15, 2014
“The Philae has landed!” Excitement over the Rosetta mission has been building for weeks, with tons of explanatory blog posts on what the lander is meant to find, helpful historical... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:00 AM | A Second Law for Open Markov Processes
guest post by Blake Pollard What comes to mind when you hear the term ‘random process’? Do you think of Brownian motion? Do you think of particles hopping around? Do you think of a drunkard staggering home? Today I’m going to tell you about a version of the drunkard’s walk with a few modifications. Firstly, […]

November 14, 2014

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9:41 PM | freshphotons: Large Brick Collider by JK Brickworks (YouTube)....
freshphotons: Large Brick Collider by JK Brickworks (YouTube). Via. THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY. I really like the fact that it’s a female minifig who’s flipping the switch.
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7:27 PM | How Does A Rocket Work? Rockets are the perfect way to get...
How Does A Rocket Work? Rockets are the perfect way to get around in space. But how do they work? By: Fraser Cain.
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