Monthly Archives: July 2011

Matter-antimatter symmetry confirmed

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110727161135.htm

Article reads: Now the independent research group “Antimatter Spectroscopy” of Dr. Masaki Hori, which is associated with the Laser Spectroscopy Division of Prof. Theodor W. Hänsch at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, has measured the mass of the antiproton relative to the electron with a precision of 1.3 parts per billion (Nature, 28 July 2011). For this they used a new method of laser spectroscopy on a half-antimatter, half-matter atom called antiprotonic helium. The result agreed with the proton mass measured to a similar level of precision, confirming the symmetry between matter and antimatter.

Glowing dog

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Article reads: South Korean scientists say they have created a glowing dog using a cloning technique that could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, Yonhap news agency reported.

Norway terrorist a Darwinist

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http://www.mnnonline.org/article/16008

Article reads: In his manifesto, Breivik says he’s not religious, has doubts about God’s existence, and does not pray. But he does assert the primacy of Europe’s “Christian culture” as well as his own pagan Nordic culture. Breivik instead hails Charles Darwin whose evolutionary theories stand in contrast to the claims of the Bible. Breivik affirms: “As for the Church and science, it is essential that science takes an undisputed precedence over biblical teachings. Europe has always been the cradle of science, and it must always continue to be that way. Regarding my personal relationship with God, I guess I’m not an excessively religious man. I am first and foremost a man of logic. However, I am a supporter of a monocultural Christian Europe.”

Deepak Chopra on creating in consciousness

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http://www.care2.com/greenliving/do-you-create-in-consciousness.html

Opinion reads: Yet, to create in consciousness is our greatest gift, and what we create continues to evolve. If you open yourself without judgment to your role as a creator, you gain much more freedom. Genesis doesn’t have to be a far-off event that put the universe into play. It can be a constant event that renews at every moment.

Generosity studied by computer simulation

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Article reads: In the new study, Krasnow and a team of scientists at University of California – Santa Barbara conducted a series of computer simulations designed to test whether it was really true that evolution would select against generosity in situations where there is no future payoff. The results were surprising as the study shows that generosity — acting to help others in the absence of foreseeable gains — emerges naturally from the evolution of cooperation. Thus, generosity would appear to be an innate trait, and more than just a response to social pressure (as in tipping your waiter) or trying to leave a good impression.

This is a real stretch, and this shows how far scientists will go to explain generosity. But where is the gene for generosity?

Epigenetic information enables plants to adapt quickly to environmental changes

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-evolution-orchid-epigenetics.html

Article reads: The more recent polyploid organisms don’t inherit just one chromosome set from their mother and one from their father, but two or even more chromosome sets from each parent. As epigenetic signals are able to switch different copies of genes on and off, they have a wider “playground” in polyploid plants.

Feathered dinosaur

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Article reads: Regarded as the oldest bird in recorded history, the Archaeopteryx may be changing its family tree identity to be more like dinosaurs. The Archaeopteryx is recorded as a 150 million-year-old creature who possessed numerous bird like features. It has long stood as a foundation in scientist research about the origins of birds and its connection with theropods.

New NASA data contradicts global warming theory

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Article reads: The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed.

The tipping point is near

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-07-minority-scientists-ideas.html

Article reads: Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.

Human animal hybrids grown in UK labs

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Article reads: Scientists have created more than 150 human-animal hybrid embryos in British laboratories. The hybrids have been produced secretively over the past three years by researchers looking into possible cures for a wide range of diseases.