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- Watch: 3 Astronauts going to China’s new orbiting space stationon 17/06/2021 at 09:35
- Reasons why China’s new Space Station is importanton 17/06/2021 at 08:15
The addition of a space crew to the space station
- Explained: The significance of China’s new space stationon 17/06/2021 at 05:38
While China concedes it arrived late at the space station game, it says its facility is cutting-edge. It could also outlast the International Space Station, which is nearing the end of its functional lifespan.
- Rocket blasts off carrying first Chinese crew to new space stationon 17/06/2021 at 02:26
Lift-off happened at 9:22 am (0122 GMT) from the Jiuquan launch centre in northwest China’s Gobi desert, with the rocket rising in clouds of smoke against a blue sky.
- China set to send first crew to new space station Thursdayon 16/06/2021 at 06:59
The three met with reporters Wednesday from inside a germ-free glassed-in room, hours before they are due to blast off on Thursday morning.
- Why is everyone so obsessed with going to Mars? Here are some other worlds ripe for explorationon 16/06/2021 at 06:02
Last year the United States, the United Arab Emirates and China all launched missions to Mars, taking advantage of the relatively short journey time offered by the two planets’ unusually close proximity.
- A 3D-printed mask that attacks coronaviruson 15/06/2021 at 05:33
A Pune-based startup in collaboration with Technology Development Board (TDB) of the department of science and technology has developed a special kind of cost-effective 3D-printed mask that is coated with anti-viral agents known as virucides.
- Meet Grace, the healthcare robot COVID-19 createdon 13/06/2021 at 06:48
Dressed in a blue nurse’s uniform, Grace has Asian features, collar-length brown hair and a thermal camera in her chest to take your temperature and measure your responsiveness. She uses artificial intelligence to diagnose a patient and can speak English, Mandarin and Cantonese.
- $28 million: The cost of flying into space with the world’s richest man Jeff Bezoson 13/06/2021 at 05:56
The Amazon founder revealed this week that both he and his brother Mark would take a place on board the company’s New Shepard launch vehicle on July 20, to fly to the edge of space and back.
- Coronavirus variants can evade antibodies by spreading via super-cells, says new researchon 13/06/2021 at 05:09
Scientists recently asked this question for SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19. This highly infectious coronavirus can change human cells, making them fuse with two or more nearby cells. These super-cells, with large merged cell bodies, are excellent viral factories.
- View: Did Covid come from a Wuhan lab? Either way, technology’s mystique must be challengedon 12/06/2021 at 05:04
Irrespective of whether Covid-19 actually came out of a Wuhan lab, what’s indisputable is that virologists have for some time engaged in dangerous ‘gain of function’ experiments – whereby viruses are engineered to become more efficient in spreading disease.
- UK, Indian scientists develop low-cost sensor to detect COVID-19 in wastewateron 10/06/2021 at 09:41
Researchers from the University of Strathclyde and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have developed a technology that can be used to detect COVID-19 in wastewater. This low-cost sensor can be used to detect fragments responsible for COVID-19.
- Rocket in place to send 3 crew to Chinese space stationon 10/06/2021 at 05:18
The space agency plans a total of 11 launches through the end of next year to deliver two laboratory modules to expand the 70-ton station, along with supplies and crew members. Next week’s launch will be the third of those, and the first of the four crewed missions planned.
- Annular Solar Eclipse: Will it be visible from India?on 10/06/2021 at 04:43
The annular solar eclipse occurs when the sun, the moon and the earth are in a straight line. The moon comes between the sun and earth, casting a shadow on Earth, fully or partially blocking the Sun’s light in some areas.
- Scientists devise novel method for early detection of tropical cycloneson 09/06/2021 at 12:08
So far, remote sensing techniques have detected them the earliest. However, this detection was possible only after system developed as a well-marked low-pressure system over the warm ocean surface.
- Project to help India fight future pandemics on the anvil, ILSF hopes to fundon 09/06/2021 at 08:15
ILSF also announced that Biocon founder and Executive Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has contributed Rs 5 crore to the organisation dedicated to funding promising life science research.
- Annular solar eclipse tomorrow: Timing, live streaming info & where it will be visible fromon 09/06/2021 at 06:39
The path of the eclipse will not touch almost any part of India, barring the North-Eastern extremes of the country in Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh, Director of M P Birla Planetarium, Debiprasad Duari, said in Kolkata on Tuesday.
- Severe Covid-19 could reduce brain’s gray matter, warn neurologistson 08/06/2021 at 10:29
Patients, particularly those recovered after ventilation support should be careful and watch out for post-Covid-19 symptoms, warned neurologists. Such patients can have problems in concentrating and may show slowness in their activities. Mood disturbances, hallucinations, and other cognitive issues were also observed in some patients, as per a ToI report.
- Battle against COVID: ISRO develops 3 types of ventilatorson 07/06/2021 at 08:37
A low-cost and portable critical care ventilator, ‘PRANA’ (“Programmable Respiratory Assistance for the Needy Aid’) is based on the automated compression of an AMBU (Artificial Manual Breathing unit) bag.
- How scientists are using drones to lower the risk of catastrophic flooding from large glacial lakeson 07/06/2021 at 07:29
Heavy rainfall and rock, snow or ice avalanches can raise water levels in moraine-dammed glacial lakes, generating waves that overtop the moraine dam or cause it to collapse, releasing huge amounts of water. These natural disasters are only expected to become more common in Peru – and around the world as climate warming melts glaciers at historically unprecedented rates.
- Algorithm uses mass spectrometry data to predict identity of moleculeson 17/06/2021 at 21:10
An algorithm designed by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University’s Computational Biology Department and St. Petersburg State University in Russia could help scientists identify unknown molecules. The algorithm, called MolDiscovery, uses mass spectrometry data from molecules to predict the identity of unknown substances, telling scientists early in their research whether they have stumbled on something new or merely rediscovered something already known.
- Drought saps California reservoirs as hot, dry summer loomson 17/06/2021 at 21:08
Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation’s crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires.
- After 9 years and $10M, Georgia spaceport nears FAA approvalon 17/06/2021 at 21:08
After nine years of planning and $10 million invested by local taxpayers, county officials in Georgia’s coastal southeast corner came a big step closer Thursday to winning federal approval of a project engineered to literally inject the local economy with rocket fuel.
- EXPLAINER: What’s behind the heat wave in the American West?on 17/06/2021 at 21:06
Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer.
- Intensive water management in California promotes ‘live fast, die young’ cycle in floodplain forestson 17/06/2021 at 21:02
Woodlands along streams and rivers are an important part of California’s diverse ecology. They are biodiversity hotspots, providing various ecosystem services including carbon sequestration and critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. But our land and water use have significantly impacted these ecosystems, sometimes in unexpected ways.
- Mountain fires burning higher at unprecedented rateson 17/06/2021 at 20:59
Forest fires have crept higher up mountains over the past few decades, scorching areas previously too wet to burn, according to researchers from McGill University. As wildfires advance uphill, a staggering 11% of all Western U.S. forests are now at risk.
- A new rapid assessment to promote climate-informed conservation and nature-based solutionson 17/06/2021 at 20:57
A new article, published as a Perspective in the journal Conservation Science and Practice, introduces a rapid assessment framework that can be used as a guide to make conservation and nature-based solutions more robust to future climate.
- Changing a 2D material’s symmetry can unlock its promiseon 17/06/2021 at 20:56
Optoelectronic materials that are capable of converting the energy of light into electricity, and electricity into light, have promising applications as light-emitting, energy-harvesting, and sensing technologies. However, devices made of these materials are often plagued by inefficiency, losing significant useful energy as heat. To break the current limits of efficiency, new principles of light-electricity conversion are needed.
- ‘Nanodecoy’ therapy binds and neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 viruson 17/06/2021 at 20:52
Nanodecoys made from human lung spheroid cells (LSCs) can bind to and neutralize SARS-CoV-2, promoting viral clearance and reducing lung injury in a macaque model of COVID-19. By mimicking the receptor that the virus binds to rather than targeting the virus itself, nanodecoy therapy could remain effective against emerging variants of the virus.
- How cells ‘read’ artificial ingredients tossed into genetic recipeon 17/06/2021 at 20:51
If the genome is the recipe of life, base pairs are the individual ingredients listed. These chemical structures form DNA, and every living organism on Earth has just four. The specific arrangements of these four base pairs—A, T, C, G—make us who and what we are.
- Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act–Againon 17/06/2021 at 16:30
By a vote of 7-2, the court declined to overturn the landmark health care law for the third time — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- China Launches Astronauts to New Space Stationon 17/06/2021 at 16:15
The nation’s first crewed liftoff in nearly five years is the third of 11 planned launches to complete the station’s construction — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- GM Bets Big on Electric Vehicleson 17/06/2021 at 15:45
The automaker will spend $35 billion through 2025 on batteries, cars, even trains — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Why the Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Went Mysteriously Dim Last Yearon 17/06/2021 at 14:00
High-resolution images suggest the star spewed out so much dust that its brightness dropped by two thirds in 2020 — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- The Quiet after the Stormon 17/06/2021 at 13:30
After a year of living cautiously and more isolated, here’s how to resume public routines — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- From $1-Million Lotteries to Free Beer: Do COVID Vaccination Incentives Work?on 17/06/2021 at 12:00
Doling out cash rewards and lifting mask mandates could increase vaccine uptake, some research suggests — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Hidden Black Scientists Proved the Polio Vaccine Workedon 17/06/2021 at 11:00
Tuskegee Institute researchers showed Jonas Salk’s vaccine protected children by developing a key test — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- AI Could Spot Wildfires Faster Than Humanson 17/06/2021 at 10:45
A prediction system undergoes testing as the U.S. West braces for another potentially devastating wildfire season — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Don’t Worry about CO2, Worry about the Earth’s ‘Energy Balance’on 16/06/2021 at 19:15
The “most fundamental” climate metric takes a troubling turn — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Can Science Survive the Death of the Universe?on 16/06/2021 at 19:00
Three physicists envision ways in which the quest for knowledge can last forever — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
- Synopsis: The Smallest Quantum Computer Yeton 17/06/2021 at 10:00
Author(s): Rachel BerkowitzA trapped-ion-based quantum computer that fits in two boxes, each the size of a studio apartment’s shower, can create a fully entangled 24-particle quantum state.[Physics 14, s73] Published Thu Jun 17, 2021
- Synopsis: Pulsar Halo Hints at Slow Diffusion of Cosmic Rays on 16/06/2021 at 10:00
Author(s): Marric StephensObservations made by the LHAASO gamma-ray observatory show huge differences in the rate at which charged particles propagate through the Milky Way.[Physics 14, s77] Published Wed Jun 16, 2021
- Synopsis: Cantilever Experiments Update Description of Thermal Noise on 15/06/2021 at 10:00
Multiple sources of mechanical dissipation seem to explain why a cantilever subject to an extreme temperature gradient has less thermal noise than theory predicts. [Physics 14, s76] Published Tue Jun 15, 2021
- Viewpoint: When the Disorder is Just Righton 14/06/2021 at 10:00
Author(s): Philip W. PhillipsA new model suggests that disorder can be a crucial ingredient for producing non-Fermi-liquid behavior in a system of interacting fermions.[Physics 14, 88] Published Mon Jun 14, 2021
- Focus: Surface Effect Contributes to Small Structures’ Surprising Strengthon 11/06/2021 at 10:00
Author(s): Dan GaristoExperiments that compress cubes containing gold nanowires suggest that a previously overlooked feature may help explain the surprising strength of tiny objects.[Physics 14, 87] Published Fri Jun 11, 2021
- Synopsis: An Optical System Defies Conventional Band Theoryon 10/06/2021 at 10:00
Author(s): Rachel BerkowitzSqueezed wave functions reshape an open quantum system’s bulk-boundary properties and generate a new class of parity-time symmetry.[Physics 14, s70] Published Thu Jun 10, 2021
- Synopsis: An Efficient Way to Predict Water’s Phaseson 09/06/2021 at 10:00
Author(s): Marric StephensA machine-learning technique maps water’s phase space as reliably as gold standard ab initio calculations but at a much smaller computational cost.[Physics 14, s67] Published Wed Jun 09, 2021
- Synopsis: Robo-Fish Replicates Real Swimming Actionon 08/06/2021 at 10:00
Author(s): Katherine WrightA robotic fish whose swimming action is initiated in the same way as that of real fish could help researchers test predictions about these underwater creatures, using well-controlled conditions.[Physics 14, s69] Published Tue Jun 08, 2021
- Research News: Upgrading a Hybrid Computing Algorithmon 08/06/2021 at 10:00
Author(s): Katherine WrightResearchers outline a protocol for performing a popular quantum-classical machine-learning algorithm with a so-called measurement-based quantum computer, which could allow for more resource-efficient calculations.[Physics 14, 86] Published Tue Jun 08, 2021
- Viewpoint: Cooling a Thermal Cloud to a Supersolidon 07/06/2021 at 10:00
Author(s): Chinmayee MishraWhen a cloud of cold atoms goes through a supersolid phase transition, its coexisting superfluid and crystalline phases do not emerge simultaneously.[Physics 14, 85] Published Mon Jun 07, 2021
- How to characterize drying liquidson 17/06/2021 at 11:23
A simple yet powerful measurement protocol enables the direct, real-time probe of the liquids’ viscosity and other rheological properties. <br/>
- Behind the Cover: June 2021on 16/06/2021 at 10:29
Our bodies are mazes of moving cells. Our June cover displays that slow, collective cellular churn. <br/>
- Maurice Barnett “Barney” Webbon 15/06/2021 at 08:00
The surface scientist devised an approach to use low-energy electron diffraction as a probe of atom arrangements. <br/>
- Energy agency report details narrow path to global net-zero emissions by 2050on 15/06/2021 at 07:56
A conversion to carbon-free energy in time to abate climate change is still possible, but a scarcity of critical minerals will make the goal even more difficult than anticipated. <br/>
- A primordial merger of galactic building blockson 14/06/2021 at 11:06
One of the Milky Way’s satellite galaxies is likely the result of the merger of two dwarf galaxies that took place when the universe was 4% of its present age. <br/>
- David Arthur Shirleyon 14/06/2021 at 08:05
The chemist spearheaded the creation of the Advanced Light Source at Berkeley Lab. <br/>
- Joseph W. Motzon 14/06/2021 at 08:00
The physicist is remembered for his work in applied x-ray physics. <br/>
- Promoted physics studies are cited moreon 11/06/2021 at 08:32
A statistical analysis of Physical Review Letters papers shows correlations between number of citations and press coverage. <br/>
- A robotic fish mimics real swimmingon 10/06/2021 at 11:40
Researchers replicate a sense of proprioception in a bioinspired robot. <br/>
- Earl W. Prohofskyon 08/06/2021 at 08:40
The longtime Purdue professor introduced mathematical and computational techniques to the then new field of biological physics. <br/>
- Accelerating quantum start-ups, meet the CEO of D-Wave Systemson 17/06/2021 at 15:16
This podcast focuses on the business of quantum science and technology The post Accelerating quantum start-ups, meet the CEO of D-Wave Systems appeared first on Physics World.
- Novel brachytherapy device treats eye cancer with intensity-modulated radiationon 17/06/2021 at 09:00
A brachytherapy eye plaque with gold shielding delivers conformal radiation to ocular tumours The post Novel brachytherapy device treats eye cancer with intensity-modulated radiation appeared first on Physics World.
- Has Betelgeuse’s ‘Great Dimming’ finally been explained?on 16/06/2021 at 15:00
Cold spot and condensing gas cloud reduced light from nearby red supergiant, say astronomers The post Has Betelgeuse’s ‘Great Dimming’ finally been explained? appeared first on Physics World.
- ‘Talking’ quantum dots could be used as qubitson 16/06/2021 at 14:02
Computer model simulates how interactions extend exciton lifetimes The post ‘Talking’ quantum dots could be used as qubits appeared first on Physics World.
- Personalized 3D-printed shields protect healthy tissue during radiotherapyon 16/06/2021 at 09:00
Patient-specific shielding based on CT images can reduce dose to healthy tissue during radiotherapy The post Personalized 3D-printed shields protect healthy tissue during radiotherapy appeared first on Physics World.
- Helgoland and the captivating origins of quantum theoryon 15/06/2021 at 15:13
Carlo Rovelli discusses his new book and the role of philosophical thought in physics The post Helgoland and the captivating origins of quantum theory appeared first on Physics World.
- Quantum microscope uses entanglement to reveal biological structureson 15/06/2021 at 13:35
Squeezed-amplitude light reduces shot noise in laser The post Quantum microscope uses entanglement to reveal biological structures appeared first on Physics World.
- Light-squashing ‘spaceplates’ could lead to paper-thin smartphoneson 15/06/2021 at 11:06
Material layers compress empty space between optical components The post Light-squashing ‘spaceplates’ could lead to paper-thin smartphones appeared first on Physics World.
- Application of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in lithium-ion batterieson 15/06/2021 at 10:40
Join the audience for a live webinar on 14 July 2021 sponsored by Hiden Analytical and Gamry Instruments, in partnership with The Electrochemical Society The post Application of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in lithium-ion batteries appeared first on Physics World.
- Novel stereotactic QA with film-class resolution: First clinical experience with myQA SRSon 15/06/2021 at 10:33
Join the audience for a live webinar on 7 July 2021 sponsored by IBA Dosimetry The post Novel stereotactic QA with film-class resolution: First clinical experience with myQA SRS appeared first on Physics World.
- Giant rhino fossils in China show new species was ‘taller than giraffe’on 18/06/2021 at 04:08
The Paraceratherium linxiaense was taller than a giraffe and weighed as much as four large African elephants.
- ‘Living fossil’ fish may live for up to a centuryon 17/06/2021 at 16:27
The coelacanth was thought to live for about 20 years, but a new study suggests it’s nearer 100.
- Nuclear energy: Fusion plant backed by Jeff Bezos to be built in UKon 17/06/2021 at 11:48
Canadian company General Fusion is set to build a $400m fusion demonstrator near Oxford.
- China space station: Shenzhou-12 delivers first crew to Tianhe moduleon 17/06/2021 at 09:07
Three astronauts successfully take off for China’s longest ever human spaceflight mission.
- UK warned it is unprepared for climate chaoson 17/06/2021 at 07:17
Homes need to be more resilient and the government is in a worse position than five years ago, report says.
- Thousandth dormouse brought back to the wildon 16/06/2021 at 23:50
The captive-bred hazel dormouse is now settling into its new woodland home in Lancashire.
- UK could be left behind in the electric car race, warns reporton 15/06/2021 at 23:27
The UK might soon be reliant on electric vehicles imported from abroad, warns an influential group.
- Drone cameras record social lives of killer whaleson 15/06/2021 at 23:00
A new study suggests killer whales may socialise with each other based on age and gender.
- Isles of Scilly: Egyptian vulture seen in UK for first time in 150 yearson 15/06/2021 at 13:27
The sighting of the Egyptian vulture, if confirmed to be wild, would be the first for 153 years.
- Secrets of tiny diving mammals revealedon 14/06/2021 at 23:44
Biologists have uncovered the genetic secrets of water shrews, the world’s smallest diving mammals.
- Mathematicians Prove 2D Version of Quantum Gravity Really Workson 17/06/2021 at 13:56
In three towering papers, a team of mathematicians has worked out the details of Liouville quantum field theory, a two-dimensional model of quantum gravity. The post Mathematicians Prove 2D Version of Quantum Gravity Really Works first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- How Animals Color Themselves With Nanoscale Structureson 16/06/2021 at 14:59
Animals sculpt the optical properties of their tissues at the nanoscale to give themselves “structural colors.” New work is piecing together how they do it. The post How Animals Color Themselves With Nanoscale Structures first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- The Materials Scientist Who Studies the Innards of Exoplanetson 15/06/2021 at 14:13
Federica Coppari uses the world’s most powerful laser to recreate the cores of distant worlds. The post The Materials Scientist Who Studies the Innards of Exoplanets first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- Graphene Superconductors May Be Less Exotic Than Physicists Hopedon 14/06/2021 at 16:00
Superconductivity has been discovered in graphene devices without any twists, suggesting the form of superconductivity in the material might be mundane after all. The post Graphene Superconductors May Be Less Exotic Than Physicists Hoped first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- The Mystery at the Heart of Physics That Only Math Can Solveon 10/06/2021 at 14:21
The accelerating effort to understand the mathematics of quantum field theory will have profound consequences for both math and physics. The post The Mystery at the Heart of Physics That Only Math Can Solve first appeared on Quanta Magazine
- The other particle detectoron 15/06/2021 at 20:08
When studying mysterious subatomic particles, researchers use a different kind of particle detector to prevent run-of-the-mill dust particles from getting in the way. If you’ve got […]
- A strong force for inclusionon 08/06/2021 at 16:33
Elena Long’s search for community as a trans scientist put her at the forefront of LGBT+ advocacy in physics. At a 2009 meeting of the American Physical Society, during a Q&A […]
- Einstein’s garden: translating physics into Blackfooton 01/06/2021 at 12:39
Sharon Yellowfly has been preserving and expanding the Blackfoot language by translating the announcements of LIGO’s universe-bending discoveries. In 2015, the Laser Interferometer […]
- A champion of physics in South Africaon 25/05/2021 at 14:26
In recognition of his own past, Azwinndini Muronga has brought STEM enrichment opportunities to youth in remote, underserved towns and villages. Growing up in a government-segregated […]
- Argonaut project launches design effort for super-cold roboticson 20/05/2021 at 13:18
Fermilab scientists are developing one of the most cold-tolerant robots ever made so they can monitor the interiors of particle detectors. The Argonauts of Greek mythology braved sharp […]
- Exhibit explores layers of SNOLABon 18/05/2021 at 14:56
In Drift: Art and Dark Matter, pieces by four artists-in-residence dig deep into the underground laboratory. About 1.8 billion years ago, a meteorite tore through part of what is now […]
- Which neutrino is the heaviest?on 13/05/2021 at 14:54
The question may seem simple, but physicists don’t yet know the answer. New measurements aim to change that. Neutrinos are the featherweights of the subatomic world. These extremely […]
- Seeing through walls and breaking down barrierson 11/05/2021 at 17:23
Physicists and archaeologists are teaming up to provide research opportunities for Black and Hispanic undergraduates. Every six months on the spring and autumn equinoxes, a serpent […]
- On the marvels of physicson 04/05/2021 at 14:40
Theoretical physicist Clifford Johnson answers Symmetry writer Brianna Barbu’s questions about his work in science and outreach, including advising on movies like Avengers: Endgame. […]
- Dark matter’s signature could be written in stoneon 27/04/2021 at 14:11
A proposed dark-matter detection method would look for tracks of dark matter etched into billion-year-old mineral samples. Dark matter is perhaps the most abundant material in the cosmos, […]
- UNESCO Report Summarizes Five-Year Global Science Policy Trendson 14/06/2021 at 13:15
By: Hannah PellOn 11 June 2021, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) released a report titled “The Race Against Time for Smarter Development.” This report […]
- We need more authentic storytelling in scienceon 08/06/2021 at 15:29
By Aine Gallagher The day I attempted to give an inspirational team talk in Irish to a football team, was the most embarrassing day of my life. In Ireland, the Irish language is a minority language […]
- Emergence of the Rainforest in Absence of the Dinosaurson 06/06/2021 at 02:19
State Farm, Asteroid falling to Earth, CC BY 2.0By Allison Kubo HutchisonRecently published in Science, research focusing on the plants, rather than the usual star of the show, dinosaurs, reveals new […]
- What’s the price of physics history?on 02/06/2021 at 15:32
By: Hannah Pell RR Auction, an auction house based near Boston, Massachusetts, recently sold one of Albert Einstein’s hand-written letters for $1.2 million. The letter is addressed to […]
- Reset your Brainon 27/05/2021 at 01:27
By Allison Kubo Hutchison New research published May 10 in Nature Medicine adds to the stack of evidence that Psychedelic drugs can be used to treat mental health. The study administered their […]
- DUNE and the Neutrino Mass Hierarchy Problemon 25/05/2021 at 14:46
By: Hannah Pell Image credit: ProtoDUNE / CERN.Why does matter exist in the universe? Can we find evidence of proton decay, supporting Einstein’s dream of unified forces? These questions, among a […]
- Brain-computer Interfaces Decode Handwritingon 20/05/2021 at 11:00
By: Allison Kubo Image Credit: Nature 593, 249-254(2021) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-021-03506-2The study participant, T5, was paralyzed from the neck down, but it was translated onto […]
- FASER Poised to Further Our Understanding of Neutrinos, Dark Matteron 18/05/2021 at 15:19
By: Hannah Pell Neutrinos are ubiquitous and notorious. Billions are passing through you at this moment. Occasionally described as a “ghost of a particle,” neutrinos are nearly massless, […]
- An Orchid’s Best Friendon 14/05/2021 at 11:00
By Allison Kubo HutchisonAlthough today it may be easy to buy your maternal figure an orchid for Mother’s Day from the grocery store, in the 1800s, the acquisition of orchids was a dangerous, […]
- This Flat Pasta Morphs into Surprising Shapes As it Cookson 12/05/2021 at 16:30
By: Hannah PellThink of your favorite pasta dish. The classic spaghetti with marinara, layered lasagna, pasta salad, macaroni & cheese — there are plenty to choose from, you might just have […]
- The Century-Old Process of Making Decaf Coffeeon 16/06/2021 at 18:00
Removing caffeine from coffee is complicated, but the process hasn’t changed much in the past hundred years.
- 7 Science Fiction Movies on Netflix to Watch This Summeron 15/06/2021 at 20:00
Not quite ready to face the world? Sink your teeth into one of these sci-fi flicks that are streaming on Netflix.
- Why Did Neanderthals Disappear?on 11/06/2021 at 16:51
Was it disease, competition with modern humans or a combination of factors that led to the extinction of our near evolutionary cousins?
- Medical Emergencies in Space: Is Private Space Tourism Ready for a Worst Case Scenario?on 05/06/2021 at 19:00
Flying into space is risky even for fit, well-trained astronauts. Adding space tourists to flights will only boost the odds of something going wrong. What happens then?
- Self-Spreading Animal Vaccines Could Combat Human Pandemicson 04/06/2021 at 17:00
We already have technology that allows wildlife to pass vaccines among themselves, and developing methods may speed up the process. But critics claim that they risk human infections and criminal misuse.
- How Scientists Are Creating the Crops of the Futureon 04/06/2021 at 12:00
With tools ranging from artificial intelligence to gene editing, researchers are revamping agriculture for an uncertain future.
- Aurora Throughout Our Solar Systemon 03/06/2021 at 19:00
Earth’s northern lights aren’t alone. There are also aurorae on Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus — and even exoplanets.
- How Flowering Plants Conquered the Worldon 01/06/2021 at 15:41
Scientists still strain to make sense of angiosperms’ widespread success, which Darwin called an “abominable mystery.”
- How DNA Can Help in the Search for Dark Matteron 31/05/2021 at 13:36
An exotic DNA-based detector could spot dark matter and the direction in space it came from, say researchers.
- First Evidence of Cell Membrane Molecules in Spaceon 27/05/2021 at 21:40
All cells on Earth are made of phospholipid membranes. Now astronomers have found the component molecules in interstellar space.
- The High-Luminosity LHC project takes shape at Point 1on 09/06/2021 at 19:48
The High-Luminosity LHC project takes shape at Point 1Press Releasexeno Wed, 06/09/2021 – 14:4820The main gallery of the newly built underground structure for the HL-LHC at Point 1 (Image: CERN)With […]
- ILC International Development Team publishes the Proposal for the ILC Preparatory Laboratoryon 01/06/2021 at 17:39
ILC International Development Team publishes the Proposal for the ILC Preparatory LaboratoryPress Releasexeno Tue, 06/01/2021 – 12:391521An international scientific consensus supports an […]
- Plasma acceleration: It’s all in the mixon 28/04/2021 at 13:37
Plasma acceleration: It’s all in the mixPress Releasexeno Wed, 04/28/2021 – 08:371421A pinch of nitrogen and artificial intelligence are moving laser plasma acceleration a big step closer to […]
- Brookhaven Lab Names New Nuclear and Particle Physics Directorate Leadon 15/04/2021 at 15:04
Brookhaven Lab Names New Nuclear and Particle Physics Directorate LeadPress ReleaseLauren Thu, 04/15/2021 – 10:041321Haiyan Gao, a nuclear physicist and professor, will join the Lab as Associate […]
- Latvia to join CERN as an Associate Member Stateon 14/04/2021 at 13:13
Latvia to join CERN as an Associate Member StatePress Releasexeno Wed, 04/14/2021 – 08:131221Representatives of CERN and of the Republic of Latvia signed an Agreement today admitting Latvia as a CERN […]
- First results from Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment strengthen evidence of new physicson 07/04/2021 at 15:21
First results from Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment strengthen evidence of new physicsLauren Wed, 04/07/2021 – 10:211121The long-awaited first results from the Muon g-2 experiment at the U.S. […]
- ALPHA cools antimatter using laser light for the first timeon 31/03/2021 at 14:59
ALPHA cools antimatter using laser light for the first timePress Releasexeno Wed, 03/31/2021 – 09:591021The result opens the door to considerably more precise studies of the internal structure of […]
- Intriguing new result from the LHCb experiment at CERNon 23/03/2021 at 13:44
Intriguing new result from the LHCb experiment at CERNPress Releasexeno Tue, 03/23/2021 – 08:44921The LHCb results strengthen hints of a violation of lepton flavour universalityVery rare decay of a […]
- Fermilab delivers final superconducting particle accelerator component for world’s most powerful laseron 19/03/2021 at 18:45
Fermilab delivers final superconducting particle accelerator component for world’s most powerful laserPress Releasexeno Fri, 03/19/2021 – 13:45821Today, the Department of Energy’s Fermilab […]
- TOTEM and DØ collaborations announce odderon discoveryon 16/03/2021 at 14:43
TOTEM and DØ collaborations announce odderon discoveryPress Releasexeno Tue, 03/16/2021 – 09:43721Part of the TOTEM installation in the LHC tunnel 220 m downstream from the CMS experiment. (Image: […]
- Singmaster’s conjecture in the interior of Pascal’s triangleon 08/06/2021 at 02:39
Kaisa Matomäki, Maksym Radziwill, Xuancheng Shao, Joni Teräväinen, and myself have just uploaded to the arXiv our preprint “Singmaster’s conjecture in the interior of Pascal’s triangle“. […]
- Goursat and Furstenberg-Weiss type lemmason 08/05/2021 at 00:16
I’m collecting in this blog post a number of simple group-theoretic lemmas, all of the following flavour: if is a subgroup of some product of groups, then one of three things has to happen: ( too […]
- Is there a non-analytic function with all differences analytic?on 04/05/2021 at 21:54
I was asked the following interesting question from a bright high school student I am working with, to which I did not immediately know the answer: Question 1 Does there exist a smooth function which […]
- Boosting the van der Corput inequality using the tensor power trickon 27/02/2021 at 20:22
In this previous blog post I noted the following easy application of Cauchy-Schwarz: Lemma 1 (Van der Corput inequality) Let be unit vectors in a Hilbert space . Then Proof: The left-hand side may be […]
- The inclusion-exclusion principle for commuting projectionson 24/02/2021 at 00:36
The (classical) Möbius function is the unique function that obeys the classical Möbius inversion formula: Proposition 1 (Classical Möbius inversion) Let be functions from the natural numbers to an […]
- Job advertisement: Director of UCLA Endowed Olga Radko Math Circle (ORMC)on 13/02/2021 at 17:17
[I am posting this advertisement in my capacity as chair of the Steering Committee for the UCLA Endowed Olga Radko Math Circle – T.] The Department of Mathematics at the University of California, […]
- 246B, Notes 4: The Riemann zeta function and the prime number theoremon 12/02/2021 at 17:38
Previous set of notes: Notes 3. Next set of notes: 246C Notes 1. One of the great classical triumphs of complex analysis was in providing the first complete proof (by Hadamard and de la Vallée […]
- A statement from mathematics department faculty at Stanford and MITon 09/02/2021 at 00:58
[The following statement is signed by several mathematicians at Stanford and MIT in support of one of their recently admitted graduate students, and I am happy to post it here on my blog. -T] We were […]
- 246B, Notes 3: Elliptic functions and modular formson 03/02/2021 at 03:03
Previous set of notes: Notes 2. Next set of notes: Notes 4. On the real line, the quintessential examples of a periodic function are the (normalised) sine and cosine functions , , which are -periodic […]
- 246B, Notes 2: Some connections with the Fourier transformon 23/01/2021 at 20:56
Previous set of notes: Notes 1. Next set of notes: Notes 3. In Exercise 5 (and Lemma 1) of 246A Notes 4 we already observed some links between complex analysis on the disk (or annulus) and Fourier […]
- Darwin May Have Got Sexual Selection Backwardson 18/06/2021 at 11:12
Charles Darwin was a careful scientist. In the middle of the 19th century, while he was collecting evidence for his theory that species evolve by natural selection, he noticed it didn’t explain the fancy tails of male peacocks, the antlers paraded by male deer, or why some the males of some species are far larger then their female counterparts. For these quirks, Darwin proposed a secondary theory: the sexual selection of traits that increase an animal’s chance of securing a mate and reproducing. He carefully distinguished between weapons such as horns, spurs, fangs and sheer size…
- The Problem With 'Survival of the Fittest'on 18/06/2021 at 11:12
Today, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is recognized as one of the greatest books in scientific history, but when it was initially published, the broad reaction was hostile. Laypersons in general were uncomfortable with, and even insulted by, the ramifications of evolution by means of natural selection. “Humans aren’t apes!” they proclaimed. One reader who was a fan was English polymath Herbert Spencer, who envisioned the concept of evolution touching culture, ethics, and even the human mind. Spencer did have one key nitpick, however. He thought that the phrase “survival of the…
- Five Unproven Claims That Alien Life Existson 18/06/2021 at 11:12
A recent study claims to have found evidence for mushroom-like life forms on the surface of Mars. As it happens, these particular features are well known and were discovered by cameras aboard Nasa’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shortly after it landed in 2004. They are not, in fact, living organisms at all, but “haematite concretions” – small sphere-shaped pieces of the mineral haematite, and their exact origin is still debated by scientists. Haematite is a compound of iron and oxygen and is commercially important on Earth. The spherical rocks on Mars may have…
- Did Karl Popper Doubt Evolution?on 18/06/2021 at 11:12
“I have come to the conclusion that Darwinism is not a testable scientific theory, but a metaphysical research programme—a possible framework for testable scientific theories.” To biologists, these words, spoken by eminent philosopher of science Karl Popper, might seem like a betrayal. To creationists, a victory. Popper, the ardent empiricist and architect of falsifiability – the notion that for something to be scientific it must be testable – seemed to have doubts about evolution by means of natural selection. It’s partially true, but only in a philosophical, some might say…
- To What Extent Are We Ruled by Unconscious Forces?on 18/06/2021 at 11:12
Sometimes when I ask myself why I’ve made a certain choice, I realise I don’t actually know. To what extent we are ruled by things we aren’t conscious of? – Paul, 43, London Why did you buy your car? Why did you fall in love with your partner? When we start to examine the basis of our life choices, whether they are important or fairly simple ones, we might come to the realisation that we don’t have much of a clue. In fact, we might even wonder whether we really know our own mind, and what goes on in it outside of our conscious awareness. Luckily, psychological…
- The FCC Should Choose American Lives Over Chinese Companieson 18/06/2021 at 11:12
Memorial Day is next week, and now that America is opening up again, road deaths will likely rise. That’s why it’s vital to challenge a Federal Communications Commission rule that shifts radio spectrum from transportation safety uses to unlicensed Wi-Fi. The deadline for a challenge is June 2. Without allocated spectrum, certain transportation-related technology will be jeopardized. American drivers will have higher accident rates, and American companies will not be able to develop lifesaving technologies. Any agency or company can ask a judge to reexamine the FCC’s rule….
- Scientist Goes on Epic Rant About 60 Minutes' Gullible Story on UFOson 18/06/2021 at 11:12
On Sunday, May 16, the long-running television news magazine 60 Minutes aired an entirely credulous report on U.S. Navy sightings of supposed Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs), the new name for UFOs. Absent from the segment was any skeptical viewpoint on the otherworldly claims presented. Viewers were left thinking that something strange must be out there. Last week, RCS linked to Mick West’s excellent piece deconstructing much of the 60 Minutes report. Bottomline: almost all of the videos, which are characteristically blurry and out-of-focus, can be explained away without invoking…
- Could the U.S. End Flu Season as We Know It?on 18/06/2021 at 11:12
The 2020-2021 flu season was the most extraordinary in recent memory. As fall turned to winter, we physicians and hospitals braced for influenza cases piled atop already dire COVID-19 numbers. If it was anything like the 2019-2020 season, there could be about four hundred thousand additional hospitalizations. Given the nature of the flu, these cases would require much the same equipment and interventions as COVID-19 sufferers. The expected burden on infrastructure and providers was immense. The American healthcare system braced, and waited. Then the extraordinary thing happened:…
- Making Sense of the Great Whip Spider Boomon 18/06/2021 at 11:12
by Eric Boodman – Undark Magazine About 18 years ago, Andrea Colla got an unusual request. Would he come survey the fauna of a Nazi air-raid shelter? Even by entomologists’ standards, the task was weird. This warren lay under the Italian city of Trieste, and it was built in secret between 1943 and 1944 at the orders of a war criminal who wanted a subterranean escape route from his villa. Eventually, the tunnels had become a museum, managed by the cave enthusiasts of the Trieste Alpine Club; they wanted to know who else was hanging out down there, besides tourists, school groups, and…
- Declassified Cold War Manual Has Lessons for Solving 'Impossible' Puzzleson 18/06/2021 at 11:12
The United States National Security Agency — the country’s premier signals intelligence organisation — recently declassified a Cold War-era document about code-breaking. The 1977 book, written by cryptologist Lambros Callimahos, is the last in a trilogy called Military Cryptanalytics. It’s significant in the history of cryptography, as it explains how to break all types of codes, including military codes, or puzzles — which are created solely for the purpose of a challenge. The first two parts of the trilogy were published publicly in the 1980s and covered…