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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Gravity Defier » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:20 pm

Ray Bradbury died. :( He was one of the early school assignments I had that led me to love SciFi.
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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Luet » Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:43 pm

I heard. Very sad.
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Re: The New News Thread

Postby steph » Tue Jun 12, 2012 9:36 am

This fire is a little too close to home.

It's on the edge of my college town, about 15 miles away from my hometown and 40 miles away from my home. The smoke made it's way down here this morning. It brought with it a headache and an inability to keep my breakfast down.
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Re: The New News Thread

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Re: The New News Thread

Postby elfprince13 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:25 am


For the physics averse: this is officially a discovery of a new particle (of the boson variety) which appears to be consistent with the predictions, made by the Standard Model of particle physics, for the Higgs Boson. While they have enough data to confirm the existence of a new particle to the considerable level of rigor observed by the physics community (a 5 sigma signal essentially means a 1 in a million chance that they're wrong); they don't yet have enough data to confirm that is actually the Higgs.

As one of your resident physicists, I'll be happy to try and explain any questions you may have to the best of my ability.
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Postby Dr. Mobius » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:05 am

Which is why I said "likely" instead of something more absolute. And really, whether or not this new particle is the Higgs is irrelevant to a certain extent. The important part is that we've discovered a new particle we were previously unaware of and studying it will help us understand how the universe works. I read somewhere that some scientists would actually be disappointed if this new particle ends up matching the hypothetical Higgs exactly, not because they have anything against the Higgs but because some of mankind's greatest discoveries have been accidents while searching for something else.
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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Eaquae Legit » Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:55 am

I'm not a physicist, but I think that a discovery like this deserves me to chime in with a hearty "WAY COOL".

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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Wind Swept » Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:18 am

Some of mankind's greatest discoveries have been accidents while searching for something else.
Here's hoping for time travel. Or a perfect energy source. Or hoverboards.
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Postby elfprince13 » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:11 am

Which is why I said "likely" instead of something more absolute. And really, whether or not this new particle is the Higgs is irrelevant to a certain extent. The important part is that we've discovered a new particle we were previously unaware of and studying it will help us understand how the universe works.
I wasn't taking issue with your post, I just wanted to make sure it was explained well since most people get their coverage from the news, and a lot of news sources are shouting "we found the Higgs, we found the Higgs".
I read somewhere that some scientists would actually be disappointed if this new particle ends up matching the hypothetical Higgs exactly, not because they have anything against the Higgs but because some of mankind's greatest discoveries have been accidents while searching for something else.
Also because if it is actually the Higgs, supersymmetry is probably in trouble, and a lot of physicists like supersymmetry better than the Standard Model.
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Postby Syphon the Sun » Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:24 am

Or hoverboards.
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Postby starlooker » Thu Aug 30, 2012 6:45 am

I admit it. I cried. Unsurprisingly.

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ETA: Best not to read the comments, though. They make me want to cry in a different way.
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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Rei » Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:47 pm

That's quite the story! As a side-note, I'm sure I've been past their shop when I was living in North York.
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Re: The New News Thread

Postby steph » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:00 am

Mom arrested for letting kids play outside

This makes me so angry. One day, when the kids were playing outside and Brian and I were on the porch singing with his guitar, Brayden climbed on top of our car in our own drive way. I made him get down and he came over and talked to me about it. We went back to playing and having fun. Pretty soon, a police car drove up and informed us that a "concerned neighbor" had called that the child was in danger and he needed to make sure we weren't gone or drunk or something. (If you know us AT ALL, you know how completely ridiculous either one of those scenarios are.) If this neighbor was actually concerned about Brayden's safety, they would have come over to check out the situation before calling the police. And if they were watching that closely, they would have seen Brian and I watching over and disciplining our children.

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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Syphon the Sun » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:24 am

It's hard enough being a mom without losing the support of those who are supposed to be your "village."
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Re: The New News Thread

Postby buckshot » Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:38 am

It's too bad that village won't come to reclaim your idiot neighbor . I think you could do without him or her!

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Re: The New News Thread

Postby starlooker » Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:48 pm

Oh forevermore. Common sense, people! Common sense!

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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Dr. Mobius » Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:21 pm

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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Gravity Defier » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:21 am

Have all my Goodreads friends heard about Amazon acquiring it? Any thoughts/concerns over it?

I'm not really comfortable with it but I also have no real argument as to why it's a bad thing.
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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Rei » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:54 am

Oh that dismays me... Not that I've been using it as much as I wish I did, but still. It just reminds me a bit too much of the Red Mars books (which I need to finish yet... maybe I'll go to the library on Tuesday...) with massive international companies just acquiring everything for some major corporate purpose. Really, I just don't like having so many such major entities storing more personal data amongst their archives.
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Re: The New News Thread

Postby Gravity Defier » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:31 pm

Photos of Boston, empty: http://storify.com/gteresa/this-is-not- ... our-usuall" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I honestly thought the only time a major city would be that far shutdown, without there being some sort of major natural disaster, would be for a zombie apocalypse type scenario. The first photo is so haunting to me.
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