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What's God got to do with it?, asks Nobel Prize in Physics winner

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When I was young, I hated physics.

Not much has changed.

What's God got to do with it?, asks Nobel Prize in Physics winner
Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, this year's Nobel prize for physics – as expected – went to the two men who first came up with the theory half a century ago: François Englert of Belgium and Britain's Peter Higgs. Euronews met Englert to ask …
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Life Of A Science Nerd: Memory-Drenched Physics Permeate Particulars
F or the majority of my classmates and myself, physics was a dreaded lesson that came along a couple of times a week and was greeted with a sigh every time. The drone of our physics teacher's thick Scottish accent barely made the lesson worth staying …
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Toys that seem to defy the laws of physics
In a recent article in the Harvard Gazette and accompanying YouTube video, Tokieda explained all sorts of situations in which toys- and the laws of physics that operate on them- defy our expectations for how objects should move. In one demonstration, a …

Cutting edge chemistry in 2013

Cutting edge chemistry in 2013
What discoveries caused the biggest buzz in chemistry labs in 2013? With the help of an expert panel of journal editors Chemistry World reviews the ground breaking research and important trends in this year's crop of chemical science papers.
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Isles Top Line Developing Chemistry
The Islanders top scoring line of John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo appears to be growing together as a unit. The trio accounted for all of the Islander offense against the Sharks on Tuesday, combining for five points on two goals. In addition …
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Biology research grant awarded to Lycoming student

Biology research grant awarded to Lycoming student
Lycoming College junior biology major Ashley Gimbel was awarded a $ 400 grant from the Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) Biology Honor Society to support her cell and molecular biology research methods project. Gimbel conducted her lab research under the …
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Ray Kurzweil: This is your future
(CNN) — By the early 2020s, we will have the means to program our biology away from disease and aging. Up until recently, health and medicine was basically a hit or miss affair. We would discover interventions such as drugs that had benefits, but also …
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Biology | Humans caught in flawed species-removal experiment
… populations of many of these newly recognized species automatically join our current species-removal experiment. Some of them might also become the first known victims of that experiment. Steve Rissing is a biology professor at Ohio State University.
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Troy looking to build chemistry on extended road trip

Troy looking to build chemistry on extended road trip
TROY, Ala. – Trojan Arena has proven to be a safe haven for the Troy men's basketball team this season. The Trojans are 4-0 at home but with a weeklong road trip looming, the team will look to become more comfortable playing in unfriendly environments.

Bravo UCI: Two chemistry grad students named first Rowland Fellows
Bravo UCI: Two chemistry grad students named first Rowland Fellows. Tweet. ADVERTISEMENT. ADVERTISEMENT. More from UCI · Shakespeare has a role to play · Hot shots: UC Irvine men's basketball vs. Pepperdine · Hanukkah holiday happiness …
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Texas A&M Chemist's Lab Develops Method to Create Complex Rings
COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M University chemist Daniel Romo and his team have developed a quick and efficient method of creating one type of complex carbon framework commonly found in pharmaceutical drugs and other natural products.
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Highlighting Green Chemistry Achievements

Highlighting Green Chemistry Achievements
These are just a sampling of new technologies developed by scientists and engineers who are being honored with this year's Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards. The five winners received their awards during a ceremony on Dec. 11 in Rachel …
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Scioscia places more value in on-field chemistry
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — All summer long and now into winter, we've heard the Boston Red Sox and their nation rave on about the power of upbeat, uplifting chemistry in transforming a dismal 2012 operation into a World Series champion one year later.

Green innovator
2:03 p.m., Dec. 11, 2013–The Environmental Protection Agency has honored the University of Delaware's Richard Wool with its Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for his extensive work developing bio-based materials to support the green …
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SC biology prof to spend fall at Exploration Place

SC biology prof to spend fall at Exploration Place
Southwestern College biology professor Pat Ross took a summer program, “Who Glows There?” all over Kansas two years ago. Students pictured are in Ulysses, in the Grant County Public Library. Among the creatures they learned about were fireflies, which …
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Humanities Scholars Overturn Biology, Discover Trait-Based Politics In Fear
Anyway, the co-authors have managed to overturn biology and insist that some people have a greater genetic liability ("liability" is another clue to help you answer my question in the paragraph above) and therefore experience higher levels of social …
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Plant biology: Witchcraft and destruction
Today, she lends her name to the witchweeds of the genus Striga and to the strigolactone compounds that trigger these plants to parasitize their unsuspecting host plants. But these compounds typically play a more positive part in plant biology — as …

Astronomers solve temperature mystery of planetary atmospheres

Astronomers solve temperature mystery of planetary atmospheres
University of Washington (UW) astronomers have found an atmospheric peculiarity Earth shares with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune is likely common to billions of planets, and knowing that may help in the search for potentially habitable worlds.
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Astronomers discover planet that shouldn't be there
An international team of astronomers, led by a University of Arizona (UA) student, has discovered the most distant orbiting planet found to date around a single Sun-like star. It is the first exoplanet — a planet outside of our solar system …
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Retired Villanova professor stabbed to death in Germantown
A 69-year-old woman found stabbed to death in her apartment in the city's Germantown section was a retired professor of astronomy at Villanova University, officials said Wednesday. Carol W. Ambruster's male roommate found the woman with a knife in her …

Developmental biology: Mechanics in the embryo

Developmental biology: Mechanics in the embryo
Mechanical stresses that are intrinsic to the early shape-forming movements of embryonic tissues have now been shown to play essential and evolutionarily conserved parts in cell-fate specification.

`Its (sic) not bigorty (sic), its (sic) biology`
The Ruth Institute, a religious right organization (up until recently affiliated with NOM) whose purpose is purportedly to “make marriage cool,” posted a hip image to its Facebook page this weekend, intending to bash gay marriage. Instead, they ended …
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Don't Worry, There's An Explanation For Your Teen's Moodiness
Published in the journal Developmental Psychology, the study found that adolescent boys' lack of empathy is biological. In other words, it's not my fault. And it's really not Nathaniel's, either. Still, more than anything I've read of late, the …
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Technology Investment Opportunities in Systems Biology (Technical Insights)
This study brings together expert opinions around the core technological and growth opportunities for systems biology in the 2020 horizon, and the wide range of relevant disciplines converging to systems medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic areas …
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Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics
“The degree of efficiency is mind-boggling,” said Jacob Bourjaily, a theoretical physicist at Harvard University and an author of the first of two papers detailing the new idea. “You can easily do, on paper, computations that were infeasible even with …
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Physicists Find a Link between Wormholes and Spooky Action at a Distance
Wormholes and entanglement—two of science fiction's favorite concepts from modern physics—may in reality be two sides of the same coin, physicists say. The findings may offer a way to solve puzzling mysteries about black holes and perhaps help …
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Alan Alda's Science Contest Asks: What Is Color?

Science Project 1974
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In 8th Grade, I invented a safety feature for electrical outlets. It uses an attachable magnet that goes on the male plug (and stays on the plug when you unplug the appliance) and a magnetic reed switch inside the electrical outlet. The current doesn’t turn on inside the outlet until a magnetic field is present. That keeps kids with forks or knives poking into the outlet from being electrocuted.

I won 1st place in Physical Science at the school and the Regional Science Fair that year. I didn’t get to go to State because I was only in 8th Grade. If I had been a Freshman, I would have been invited to go to State competition.

My Dad commissioned a law firm in 1975 to do a patent search. They found in Argentina (U S Patent 3,868,160), someone had a similar invention that used a magnet and two others (No. 3,846,598 and No. 3,699,285) that used the ground prong to push the circuit into a closed state and one other (No. 3,596,019) that was just like my idea except it used a pin attachment on the plug to turn on the circuit in the outlet. Another similar invention was a power cable coupler (Patent 3,496,500) intended to be used in marine environments that had a sliding collar with a magnet in it that matched a reed switch inside the coupler housing and actuated it after the cable was plugged in and locked. I never saw those items on the market. The lawyer said otherwise it was a perfectly patentable idea.

Other ideas I’ve had but other people patented first:

Legos with batteries, wires, lights and motors inside and put together to form a circuit. I have a rejection letter from Samsonite (the US license holder of Lego products at the time). Now Lego is selling my idea.

Dental Floss Picks (I came up with this idea in the mid ’70’s too, but didn’t do anything with it)

GPS Enabled Polaroid Cameras (now Ricoh has announced a GPS Enabled Digital Camera)

Urinal Toy (pee on a sensor and get a high score)

I have a couple more ideas that I haven’t seen patented yet… but can’t afford the process of getting the patent! It is frustrating waiting too long and seeing your ideas make someone else money.

Are there any other frustrated inventors out there?

Alan Alda's Science Contest Asks: What Is Color?
Alan Alda, the actor-turned-part-time professor, has a new question for scientists to consider: How do you explain color to an 11-year-old? The television and film star best known for his role in the 1970s sitcom "MASH" is posing the question as part …
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Math and Science for More Than Just Geeks
The first in a series of editorials on reforming math and science education noted that the number of students pursuing engineering or computer science jobs is plummeting as the need for those workers is soaring. Nearly 90 percent of high school …
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The Science and Art of Science Writing
In its crudest form, science writing simply translates the latest results from the academy: Coffee is good for you, bean sprouts are not, and your sex life is much, much worse than you thought. Better science stories put new results in context …
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2013 'Got Science?' Champions
With Congressional partisanship reaching unprecedented levels and science too frequently under attack from a vocal minority, it's all the more vital to stand up for the basic idea that our choices should be informed by the best evidence and data available.
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