Monthly Archives: December 2010

Henry et al. in PNAS, “Microfossils in calculus demonstrate consumption of cooked foods in Neanderthal diets”

“Neanderthals diet includes the consumption of a variety of plant foods, in the form of phytoliths and starch grains recovered from dental calculus of Neanderthal skeletons from Shanidar Cave, Iraq, and Spy Cave, Belgium. Some of the plants are typical … Continue reading

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Luc Montagnier, 2008 Nobel laureate, will follow the steps of Jacques Benveniste

“HIV discoverer and 2008 Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier announced earlier this month that, at age 78, he will take on the leadership of a new research institute at Jiaotong University in Shanghai.He plans to study electromagnetic waves that emanate from the … Continue reading

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Kinchin, “Investigation into the centre of gravity and stability of a bus”

  Don’t try this at home (even if you are an expert bus driver). Driving on two wheels is only a gendanken problem for a physics course. How the centre of gravity of a ‘bus’ changes with the position of the load (f.ex. the … Continue reading

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Aspelmeyer in Nature, “Quantum mechanics: The surf is up”

“Researchers have long wanted to be able to control macroscopic mechanical objects in their smallest possible state of motion. Success in achieving that goal heralds a new generation of quantum experiments.” Markus Aspelmeyer, “Quantum mechanics: The surf is up,” News … Continue reading

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Google Books Team introduces “culturomics” in Science Magazine

“Google Books has digitized over fifteen million books: over 11% of all the books ever published (about 129 million book editions). The Google Books collection contains over five billion pages and two trillion words, with books dating back to as early as 1473 … Continue reading

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Brumfiel in Nature, “No black holes at LHC”

“The end of the world is not nigh after all. Flouting predictions from some theorists, microscopic black holes have so far failed to appear inside the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), scientists there have revealed. The result will be posted this … Continue reading

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Easterlin et al., “The happiness–income paradox” also in Latin American and eastern European countries

“The striking thing about the happiness–income paradox is that over the long-term —usually a period of 10 year or more—happiness does not increase as a country’s income rises. The evidence for this was not limited only to developed countries, but … Continue reading

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