Science News

This is a place where you can enter any non-sports general topics
User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Sun Apr 04, 2010 6:24 pm


User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 1:56 am

Science, libel, and free speech in the UK: the curious case of Simon Singh. http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/apr/01/simon-singh-wins-libel-court

User avatar
suresh
Member
Member
Posts: 5375
Joined: Thu May 22, 2003 12:08 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: Chennai, IN

Re: Science News

Postby suresh » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:04 am

WARNING: Physics Envy May Be Hazardous To Your Wealth!

This is an interesting paper on risk management in finance. One of the authors, Mark Muller, is an ex-physicist (worked on string theory; was a post-doc in our group at Penn while I was a student.)

User avatar
arjun2761
Member
Member
Posts: 4965
Joined: Sun Apr 03, 2005 2:26 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: US

Re: Science News

Postby arjun2761 » Thu Apr 08, 2010 11:22 pm

prasen9 wrote:Genes are not patentable in the US: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/04/gene-testing-future/


Prasen, at this point this is just a decision of a district court that is not binding on anyone other than within that district. This will be a significant ruling only if the Federal Circuit (which is the national appeals court for patent issues) affirms this decision. Furthermore, this is also an issue which may ultimately find its way to the Supreme Court (either through the chain of appeals from this case or another case).

User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Sat Apr 10, 2010 3:14 am

Ah thanks. Did not realize that.

User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:49 am

Someone says that Fermilab could decide on Higgs by next year. http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2010/04/dont_write_off_fermilab_yet.php Does this seem plausible, Suresh? I was thinking that the LHC was *necessary* to decide this.

User avatar
suresh
Member
Member
Posts: 5375
Joined: Thu May 22, 2003 12:08 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: Chennai, IN

Re: Science News

Postby suresh » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:23 am

prasen9 wrote:Someone says that Fermilab could decide on Higgs by next year. http://scienceblogs.com/startswithabang/2010/04/dont_write_off_fermilab_yet.php Does this seem plausible, Suresh? I was thinking that the LHC was *necessary* to decide this.


No one really knows what the mass of the Higgs particle is but there are plenty of constraints from existing data. I am sure that there is a small window where Fermilab may be able to scoop LHC if they get lucky. Even if Fermilab does that, there is a lot of things it can't do and LHC will have plenty of physics left to explore. The biggest problem in High Energy Physics during the last two decades is how far behind experiment has been with regard to verifying/ruling out theories beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics. The Higgs is the only remaining part of the Standard Model that is, as yet, unverified. LHC can most definitely probe into aspects of the physics beyond the Standard Model.

Suresh

User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:11 pm

Thanks. At least partly because some stupid Congressmen pulled the plugs on digging long tunnels near Dallas. I have heard true stories of Congressmen slam funding for meteorological research on better weather prediction models because they think all you have to do is turn on the TV and get the weather forecast for free!

User avatar
suresh
Member
Member
Posts: 5375
Joined: Thu May 22, 2003 12:08 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: Chennai, IN

Re: Science News

Postby suresh » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:38 pm

prasen9 wrote:Thanks. At least partly because some stupid Congressmen pulled the plugs on digging long tunnels near Dallas.


I remember struggling to getting my first post-doc, in part, due to funding being diverted towards SSC related projects. The worst part of it all was that I thought that my (fledgling) career was worth sacrificing if it meant that SSC would generate new data. When the plug was finally pulled on the SSC, I was real angry about the whole thing. From what I hear, this was not the first time this happened in the US. Fermilab deserves a lot of kudos for extending its lifetime by clever upgrades.

Suresh

User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:02 pm


User avatar
suresh
Member
Member
Posts: 5375
Joined: Thu May 22, 2003 12:08 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: Chennai, IN

Re: Science News

Postby suresh » Thu Apr 15, 2010 3:55 am

A World Record Arithmetic Progression of 26 primes has been found on April 12, 2010 by PrimeGrid.

The progression is written as
43142746595714191+23681770*23#*n for n=0,..., 25 and 23#=2*3*5*7*11*13*17*19*23.

It was found by Benoat Perichon of France, using a PS3 running Linux. The AP26 Search was a distributed project started by PrimeGrid in December 2008. For more details see the announcement at AP26 Found!!! See also Primes in arithmetic progression

User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Fri May 07, 2010 2:34 am

After oil and water, we have the next crisis brewing: http://www.theonion.com/articles/geologists-we-may-be-slowly-running-out-of-rocks,17341/ Slow down consumption, I say!

User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Sun May 09, 2010 6:02 am


User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Sat May 29, 2010 7:39 pm


User avatar
prasen9
Member
Member
Posts: 11206
Joined: Thu Jan 02, 2003 8:49 pm
Please enter the middle number: 1
Location: State College, PA
Contact:

Re: Science News

Postby prasen9 » Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:28 pm



Return to “General Chit Chat”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 2 guests