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Science in the News

Postby Baker » 31 Mar 2010, 10:38

The idea of this thread is to post bits of science that we find interesting that may not warrant a whole thread.


Two bits from me today:

Cern LHC sees high-energy success
This 7 TeV event, which took place on Tuesday at 1200 BST, was the highest energy yet achieved in a particle accelerator.

The LHC's four major experiments - its giant detectors Alice, Atlas, CMS and LHCb - have now begun to gather their first physics data from the collisions, a development that Cern described as an "historic moment".

Higgs boson here we come?





Judge Invalidates Human Gene Patent

A federal judge on Monday struck down patents on two genes linked to breast and ovarian cancer. The decision, if upheld, could throw into doubt the patents covering thousands of human genes and reshape the law of intellectual property

Biotech companies want to patent, because they can make profits off it, and argue that without patents innovation goes down the gurgler. While people happy with the decision say that disallowing patents like this will free up research and benefit everyone, instead of a few. This is from the USA.
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Re: Science in the News

Postby PaulaO » 31 Mar 2010, 10:48

How the F can you patent a gene? You only found it, not made it. You don't patent the rock with which you invented the wheel. You patent the process you used to make the wheel and the wheel itself. I've not read the article. Brain is too fried at the moment. Will read it later.
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Re: Science in the News

Postby Alex » 31 Mar 2010, 14:35

Has anyone seeing this History Channel special?
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The Real Face of Jesus

Pretty interesting use of computer graphics even for those of us who do not believe in the Shroud of Turin.
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Re: Science in the News

Postby PaulaO » 31 Mar 2010, 16:00

The Shroud of Turin has been proven to be fake unreal beyond doubt. Except for those who also believe "If the King James Version was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for me!"

Lorna watched this, or another using the same clips, and wasn't impressed much.

Good grief, I am such a cynic today. :oops:
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Re: Science in the News

Postby ElaineB » 01 Apr 2010, 01:43

Just today, Paula? ;)
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Re: Science in the News

Postby Baker » 01 Apr 2010, 06:49

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Re: Science in the News

Postby wildlx » 01 Apr 2010, 07:33

U.K. Panel Calls Climate Data Valid
LONDON (AP) — A parliamentary panel investigating allegations that scientists at one of the world’s leading climate research centers misrepresented data related to global warming announced Wednesday that it had found no evidence to support that charge.

But the panel, the Science and Technology Committee of the British House of Commons, did fault scientists at the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit and its director, Prof. Phil Jones, for the way they handled freedom of information requests from skeptics challenging the evidence of climate change.

The panel said that Professor Jones and his colleagues could have saved themselves a great deal of trouble by aggressively publishing all their data instead of worrying about how to stonewall their critics.
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Re: Science in the News

Postby ElaineB » 01 Apr 2010, 09:07

And yet the damage is done. Sigh.
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Re: Science in the News

Postby Baker » 01 Apr 2010, 09:12

Let's face it, Elaine, no matter what the scientists did, there are powerful groups (generally sponsored by energy companies keen to keep on business as usual) who would've aggressively attacked climate change. They do. Some people are happy to believe what they want to: to spin however they like: to outright lie. Because there's money in it for them.
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Re: Science in the News

Postby Alex » 02 Apr 2010, 06:12

I just read this article about a sea creature (here)

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