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April 27, 2015

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7:40 AM | Thou Shalt Worship No False Lagrangians
I’m usually quite restrained with this blog – I try to keep it mostly to facts about cool physics/maths interspersed with more personal bits and pieces about life as a PhD student. This post, though, might provoke strong opinions, and I’ve rewritten it quite a few times already. In fact, this current draft was originally […]
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7:40 AM | Thou Shalt Worship No False Lagrangians
I’m usually quite restrained with this blog – I try to keep it mostly to facts about cool physics/maths interspersed with more personal bits and pieces about life as a PhD student. This post, though, might provoke strong opinions, and I’ve rewritten it quite a few times already. In fact, this current draft was originally […]

April 26, 2015

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7:00 PM | Faculty may prefer female applicants for STEM professorships
But, if so, why are there so few female faculty in some fields?
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5:27 PM | A gentle nudge with a nuke: deflecting Earth-bound asteroids
Armageddon is a bad model for saving Earth, but nukes might still be useful.

April 25, 2015

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1:00 PM | Researchers map the connection between mantle and Yellowstone caldera
Partially molten material may occupy 45,000 cubic kilometers.

April 24, 2015

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4:12 PM | The downside of “Drill, baby, drill!”—degraded North American ecosystems
As wells go in, vegetation loss and water use skyrocket.
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11:45 AM | 25 years of the Hubble Space Telescope
It's less an observatory than a platform that's been renewed regularly.

April 23, 2015

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10:34 PM | 170-year-old champagne provides clues to past winemaking
Found in a Baltic Sea shipwreck and subjected to modern chemical analysis.
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12:00 PM | Magma beneath the Cascade volcanoes might be special blend
Wringing water from warm oceanic plate causes some of the plate to melt.

April 22, 2015

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11:05 PM | Research team edits the DNA of fertilized human embryos
Group finds lots of problems with the existing techniques.
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7:25 PM | The science (and lack thereof) behind the FBI’s retreat on hair analysis
It was a long road to an admission that agents systematically overstated evidence.
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6:45 PM | Magic placebo more effective than ordinary placebo
Researchers find placebo combined with more care is better than a drug alone.

April 21, 2015

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10:30 PM | Inside Apple’s ResearchKit
Informed consent and pre-built UIs make gathering medical data a snap.
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1:15 PM | Maybe climate science news makes a difference?
Study suggests science news affects opinions despite culture war.

April 20, 2015

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10:45 PM | Genetically modified crops? Nature got there first
The sweet potato has been genetically engineered by bacteria.
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7:00 PM | Money and education both needed to give toilet use a big boost
And, if done intensively, this duo can create a social multiplier effect.
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1:00 PM | How malaria is evolving to survive our most potent drug
Mutations stabilize a protein that our best drug targets.
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1:00 AM | New evidence that dark matter could be self-interacting
Colliding galaxies suggest dark matter interacts with forces other than gravity.

April 18, 2015

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12:00 PM | Science by robot: Outfitting the world’s “smartest” lake
A major project on a New York lake goes big on data—for science.

April 17, 2015

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2:20 PM | Solar powered Blue Cell provides cellular backhaul without wires
Expands cellular service with no power, network cabling required.
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12:00 PM | Understanding Greenland’s wild climate swings
Zeroing in on cause of climate whiplash in the glacial North Atlantic.

April 16, 2015

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9:00 PM | SpaceX releases deck camera footage of Falcon 9 almost-landing
Precision touch-down is still a tremendous achievement—but it needs more touch.
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1:00 PM | 45 years after Apollo 13: Ars looks at what went wrong and why
You’ve probably seen the film—but the reality is a lot more complicated.

April 15, 2015

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9:22 PM | SpaceX releases film of Falcon’s crash landing
Rocket makes it to barge, tips over, explodes.
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5:30 PM | Supernova differences could change our understanding of dark energy
The "standard candle" supernovae aren't quite as standard as we thought.
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3:44 PM | Physicists spy on random motion of electrons with defective diamonds
Spurned electrons throw light on electronic noise at very small length scales.
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2:32 PM | US energy future looks like independence, efficiency, and renewables
The Energy Information Administration looks ahead to 2040.

April 14, 2015

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8:20 PM | Falcon 9 successfully lifts off—landing on target, but too forceful
Things look good for the Dragon mission to the ISS.
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6:42 PM | Apple releases open source ResearchKit framework to developers
ResearchKit can use data from your phone for medical research.
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4:59 PM | Curiosity finds evidence of a daily water cycle on Mars
Conditions allow salts in the soil to pull water from the atmosphere.
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