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Why the free market is like quantum mechanics (and both are unrealistic ... - Scientific American (blog)

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Hawaii physicists help advance research into Earth's radioactivity and nonproliferation

Hawaii physicists help advance research into Earth's radioactivity and nonproliferation | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
A team of researchers, including UH Mānoa’s John Learned, published a new map on September 1 that characterizes the Earth’s radioactivity.
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Nice shirt too!

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Evidence suggests subatomic particles could defy the standard model

Evidence suggests subatomic particles could defy the standard model | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The Standard Model of particle physics, which explains most of the known behaviors and interactions of fundamental subatomic particles, has held up remarkably well over several decades. This far-reaching theory does have a few shortcomings, however—most notably that it doesn't account for gravity. In hopes of revealing new, non-standard particles and forces, physicists have been on the hunt for conditions and behaviors that directly violate the Standard Model.
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Oh Yes ..... Oh No ..... watch this space!

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Boaters mapping Pacific garbage to arrive in San Francisco

Boaters mapping Pacific garbage to arrive in San Francisco | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists and volunteers who have spent the last month gathering data on how much plastic garbage is floating in the Pacific Ocean will return to San Francisco and share preliminary findings.
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Pluto’s Breathtaking Farewell to New Horizons

Pluto’s Breathtaking Farewell to New Horizons | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft around midnight EDT on July 15.
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You don't see that every day!

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Pluto's vast icy plains and gentle hills emerge in new images

Pluto's vast icy plains and gentle hills emerge in new images | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Data from New Horizons mission show a geologically active world on the Solar System's fringes.
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To Infinity and Beyond!

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Scientists get their last look at Pluto's mysterious dark spots

Scientists get their last look at Pluto's mysterious dark spots | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The closer the New Horizons spacecraft gets to Pluto, the more puzzling the dwarf planet becomes.
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Didn't realise he was a dalmatian in disguise!  Tomorrow's the day.

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More data, no problem

More data, no problem | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists are ready to handle the increased data of the current run of the Large Hadron Collider.
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Dare I call this 'Big Analytics' .....

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Philae comet could be home to alien life, say top scientists

Philae comet could be home to alien life, say top scientists | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Astronomers say features of comet landed on by spacecraft in November, such as black crust and icy lakes, suggest living micro-organisms beneath surface
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The sensational feat of engineering, indeed it was, and maybe there's more! 

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Is the universe ringing like a crystal glass?

Is the universe ringing like a crystal glass? | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Many know the phrase "the big bang theory." There's even a top television comedy series with that as its title. According to scientists, the universe began with the "big bang" and expanded to the size it is today.
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Ringermacher (and Mead) propose the 'ringing' universe - who would have put money on that?

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Misleading reporting is damaging scientific research

Misleading reporting is damaging scientific research | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
It is essential that scientific research findings can be reproduced independently. But, warn Oscar Flórez-Vargas and Michael Bramhall, this is often not possible.
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Precisely why you have to inject some REAL scientific analysis into 'big data', 'data science', 'analytics'.

 

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Quantum leaps

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Data may be king, but new research by the Centre for Quantum Computation and Intelligent Systems means we may soon see a coup.
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Quantum Operating Systems next - I name them Qu-DOS ;)

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Physicist puts Nobel prize medal up for auction

Physicist puts Nobel prize medal up for auction | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Leon Lederman, 92, won prize for physics in 1988 for discovering a subatomic particle called the muon neutrino Continue reading...
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Calling the American Institute of Physics - please buy this - it's your country's history!

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Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard

Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
What every beginner absolutely needs to know about the journey ahead

Via M. Edward (Ed) Borasky
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A hero's journey - don't forget at the end of the day its only a toolbox - having a problem to solve is what keeps you going ;)

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Life’s a Gas: A Thermodynamic Theory of Biological Evolution

This paper outlines a thermodynamic theory of biological evolution. Beginning with a brief summary of the parallel histories of the modern evolutionary synthesis and thermodynamics, we use four physical laws and processes (the first and second laws of thermodynamics, diffusion and the maximum entropy production principle) to frame the theory. Given that open systems such as ecosystems will move towards maximizing dispersal of energy, we expect biological diversity to increase towards a level, Dmax, representing maximum entropic production (Smax). Based on this theory, we develop a mathematical model to predict diversity over the last 500 million years. This model combines diversification, post-extinction recovery and likelihood of discovery of the fossil record. We compare the output of this model with that of the observed fossil record. The model predicts that life diffuses into available energetic space (ecospace) towards a dynamic equilibrium, driven by increasing entropy within the genetic material. This dynamic equilibrium is punctured by extinction events, which are followed by restoration of Dmax through diffusion into available ecospace. Finally we compare and contrast our thermodynamic theory with the MES in relation to a number of important characteristics of evolution (progress, evolutionary tempo, form versus function, biosphere architecture, competition and fitness).

 

Life’s a Gas: A Thermodynamic Theory of Biological Evolution
Keith R. Skene

Entropy 2015, 17(8), 5522-5548; http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/e17085522 ;


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Bit of a slog but worth it - the Brownian motion of life!

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The Huge, Pricey Detectors That Capture Tiny Neutrinos

The Huge, Pricey Detectors That Capture Tiny Neutrinos | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
A roundup of some of the super-elaborate—and super-expensive—detectors physicists use to study neutrinos.
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An insight into the cost of remote monitoring the universe!

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Can physics predict the Tour de France winners?

Can physics predict the Tour de France winners? | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

Is it possible to predict how individuals will perform before the teamwork begins? Research by former cyclist Hugh Trenchard and others suggests that the mathematics of pelotons– the groups and bunches that cyclists form during a race – could be key to understanding how cyclists behave as a collective entity.
While these collective dynamics may not tell us who will win the Tour de France, they do have broader applications to a variety of other biological systems. Here, Trenchard tells us more about his research, and how it might even provide some clues to the origin of life.

 

http://www.elsevier.com/connect/can-physics-predict-the-tour-de-france-winners


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Don't get your money out just yet.

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Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants

Decoding the Remarkable Algorithms of Ants | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
The biologist Deborah Gordon has uncovered how ant colonies search efficiently without central organization, an insight that might improve computer networks
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Algorithms that work.

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Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle - BBC News

Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle - BBC News | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.
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Wow - science is on fire today - pentaquark found - so that's a quark together with quawk, caw, croak and squawk maybe!

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BBC micro:bit aims to turn children from digital consumers into digital creators

BBC micro:bit aims to turn children from digital consumers into digital creators | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Micro:bit has a parallel in the Model B, which the BBC launched in the 1980s.
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Back to the future with a great initiative ..... I'm sure I kept my BBC BASIC user manual somewhere!

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Lifting the Veil on Pluto's Atmosphere - Space.com - Space.com

Lifting the Veil on Pluto's Atmosphere - Space.com - Space.com | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Does Pluto really have baby snowflakes and ice volcanoes? New Horizons team members weigh in.
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Just when you thought it was a big rock flying around out there - are you ready for New Horizons? 

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Soundproofing with quantum physics

Soundproofing with quantum physics | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Sebastian Huber and his colleagues show that the road from abstract theory to practical applications needn't always be very long. Their mechanical implementation of a quantum mechanical phenomenon could soon be used for soundproofing purposes.
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Quantum .... mechanics!

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A Computer Just Came Up With a Scientific Theory

A Computer Just Came Up With a Scientific Theory | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it

Big data—and big processing power—is a big deal for science. By crunching massive amounts of data billions of times faster than could be done by hand, computers have allowed scientists to discover faraway planets, unravel our genetic code, and even find the subatomic particle responsible for gravity. But imagine a future in which computers don't just use their awesome power to help scientists. Imagine a future in which computer can come up with useful scientific ideas and hypotheses all on their own.

Well, that just happened. As they report in the science journal PLOS, Michael Levin and Daniel Lobo, two computer scientists/biologists at Tufts University, have programed a computer that independently created its own scientific theory. It's one that may solve a 120-year-old mystery in biology that has eluded even our best explanations: exactly how the genes of a sliced-up flatworm conduct its symphony of cells when they regenerate into new organisms.


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Now that's what I call big data analytics - and, yes, its a flatworm!

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Reality doesn’t exist until we measure it, quantum experiment confirms

Reality doesn’t exist until we measure it, quantum experiment confirms | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Australian scientists have recreated a famous experiment and confirmed quantum physics's bizarre predictions about the nature of reality, by proving that reality doesn't actually exist until we measure it - at least, not on the very small scale....
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I can't but think we just don't understand this stuff properly yet. Yes we have the smoke and mirrors - sorry - particles and waves, but there is a nagging doubt still. This post doesn't exist until you read it - but it does doesn't it! 

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Riddle of comet dust delivered back to Earth - Sen.com

Riddle of comet dust delivered back to Earth - Sen.com | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
While the Rosetta space probe studies one comet, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, like never before, other scientists around the world have been busy examining fragments from another, Comet Wild-2.
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Game of stones!

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How exclusive 'laser shock peening' technology is improving aircraft reliability and lifetime

How exclusive 'laser shock peening' technology is improving aircraft reliability and lifetime | Physics as we know it. | Scoop.it
Scientists have long sought to improve human life through lasers—otherwise known as "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation"—since Albert Einstein first established the theoretical foundation for them in 1917.
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Need some of that on my van! Tip - if you do quote the technique make sure your spellchecker doesn't lose the 'n'.

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