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President Obama Is Getting Huge Propane Backup For When Solar Power Creates Brownouts In Martha's Vineyard

Jun 15 2022 - 15:06
Former President Obama threw $72 billion at solar power companies because he believed if government threw enough money at technology, he could accomplish what scientists and engineers had not for the previous 50 years.

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The Biden Admininstration Is Mandating Condensing Furnaces - That's Bad For People And The Environment

Jun 15 2022 - 14:06
The Biden administration has issued a decree that any furnace sold after 2029 must be a "condensing" furnace, and his environmental group allies are thrilled they have locked in another win.

It may not be a win for the public.

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Old-School Statistical Learning Tools Challenge Neural Networks In Physics Problems

Jun 15 2022 - 09:06
A quick post - for now - to mention that today at 4PM CEST (about 40' from now) I will be talking at a CERN PhyStat seminar on two recent articles I published. In both cases I used old-fashioned multivariate analysis tools to solve problems that are today usually approached with deep neural networks: multivariate regression, and anomaly detection. 
The title and abstract of the seminar are as in the screenshot below:




You will be able to follow the seminar if you have CERN credentials, from the indico page at https://indico.cern.ch/event/1169738/ . Others should ask for a direct link to the zoom room privately [my email is (myfirstname)(dot)(mylastname)(at)gmail(dot)com ].

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The Wheat Crisis Shows How Weak Non-GMO Crops Are

Jun 14 2022 - 13:06
Due to war in Ukraine, which has thrown Europe into a panic, and debacles in places like Sri Lanka that banned science in favor of an organic growing process, the world has started to appreciate agricultural progress again.

Wheat is a glaring example of how crops can be left behind due to a lack of genetic engineering. Corn is affordable and so plentiful we can even ridiculously cater to environmental groups and make it a gasoline additive, while wheat is stuck in the past. And with Russia invading Ukraine, 25 percent of wheat exports are at risk.

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Homo Erectus' From Gongwangling May Have Been First For China

Jun 14 2022 - 10:06
Scientists just published a study of what may prove to be China's most ancient human fossil. The researchers employed microCT, geometric morphometry, and classical morphology techniques to investigate the remains of the maxillary and five teeth from the skull unearthed at the Chinese site of Gongwangling, on the vast plains on the northern slopes of the Quinling Mountains (province of Shaanxi, in central China) and was discovered by the scientist Woo Ju-Kang in 1963.

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Farming: More Fertilizer Can Even Eliminate Tyield Loss Caused By Excess Pre-Season Rain

Jun 13 2022 - 15:06
Though activists try to portray farmers as slathering pesticides and fertilizer on land, anyone who has farmed know it is just the opposite; land is their greatest asset and given price competition they need to control costs and inputs as much as possible.

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People Are Living Longer And Better Than Ever But A Sociologist Says There Are Warning Signs About The Future

Jun 13 2022 - 13:06
A new paper says Generation X adults in the United States are more likely to have a greater number of chronic health conditions than those that preceded them, which will please environmental groups who claim that everything from pesticides to natural gas to cell phones is killing us, but is not science.

There are two issues to think about. One is that diagnoses don't mean much. If you get a diagnosis of chronic lyme disease, it does not mean that is suddenly a real disease, and life expectancy is basically meaningless.

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Lower Risk Of Alzheimer’s Correlated To Higher Omega-3 DHA Levels

Jun 13 2022 - 10:06
It's difficult to imagine that a simple dietary intervention could mean less Alzheimer’s disease but that is why observational studies and epidemiology claims are placed into the exploratory pile until science can take a look.

A new paper correlates people with a higher  red blood cell (RBC) docosahexaenoic acid (DHA levels as 49% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease vs. those with lower levels, especially for those carrying the ApoE4 gene, which is also a risk factor for Alzheimer's. You know that correlation is not causation so modifying two risk factors with unclear biological meaning may or not be better than doing nothing and hoping for the best. 

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Long COVID Linked To Higher COVID Specific T Cells

Jun 13 2022 - 09:06
A new study correlates SARS-CoV-2 specific T cells to lung function and those who suffer from long-term COVID symptoms, which impacts an unclear number of people.

The study found that patients suffering from long COVID symptoms had virus-specific T cell levels more than 100 times higher than those who recovered from the disease.

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W Pairs From Double Parton Scattering

Jun 11 2022 - 14:06
When I explain to the public (in this blog, or at public conferences or schools) how the Large Hadron Collider operates, I have to gloss over a lot of detail that is unnecessary to grasp the important concepts, which enable other discussions on interesting subnuclear physics. This is good practice, and it also saves me from having to study details I have forgotten along the way - they say that what you are left with when you forget everything is culture, and I tend to agree. I have a good culture in particle physics and that's all I need to do some science popularization ;-)

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Is The Axial Higgs Mode An Explanation For Dark Matter?

Jun 08 2022 - 17:06
About 94 percent of the universe is not detectable matter and the universe is expanding. Those two facts alone are how scientists recognize that gravity as we know it does not work at the very large scale.

It also does not work at the very small. Various bits of speculation, hypothesis, and science-fiction have tried to account for macro effects and they get lumped under generic blanket terms like 'dark matter' and 'dark energy' but experimental physics leads the charge in turning science from fantasy into reality. A new paper has made a step closer to understanding the quantum excitation known as the axial Higgs mode, which unlike the Higgs Boson has a magnetic moment. There is no end to theoretical claims about an axial Higgs mode but reality has been more elusive. 

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Russia Has Europe In Such A Panic About Food Prices They're Embracing Genetic Engineering And Modern Pesticides

Jun 06 2022 - 16:06
It is difficult to imagine the motivation of Russia in attacking Ukraine yet again. Thanks to European reliance in Russian natural gas and food, they probably felt untouchable.

If so, it was a reasonable gamble. After the last fight in Ukraine, Germany and Europe so desperately wanted to avoid conflict with Russia they ignored their own environmental laws and promised to fast-track a pipeline that went from Russia to Germany, bypassing Ukraine entirely. They were already buying a large percentage of their food from the east because, with a wave of the pen, a large amount of Russian food became "certified" organic - and Europe does no surprise spot testing to see if food really only uses ancient pesticides and genetic engineering techniques.

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Glaxo Drug Shows 100% Remission in Small Rectal Cancer Trial

Jun 06 2022 - 14:06
What does it mean when you have rectal cancer that can no longer be detected by PET scans, MRI, or endoscopy? It means you no longer have cancer.

And that is the case in a small study (n=18) in New England Journal of Medicine which detailed results of  the checkpoint inhibitor dostarlimab. Eight doses over six months at $11,000 per dose means not only sparing patients chemo, radiation, and surgery, it means saving the health care system millions per patient.

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For Electric Cars To Be Viable, Charging Station Locations Need To Be Optimized

Jun 06 2022 - 14:06
One thing electric car owners who have lost the mystique tell you is that you live your life around them. Some report going to a store like Costco to charge their cars, they need new service panels at their house, and one owner famously blew up his Tesla with dynamite rather than pay $22,000 to replace the batteries when they wore out. An article in the Wall Street Journal was by someone excited to rent an electric car for a trip, only to find they spent more time charging it than sleeping.

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The Second MODE Workshop On Experimental Design

Jun 06 2022 - 06:06
As the twentythree regular readers of this blog know [(c) A.Manzoni], in recent times I have moved the main focus of my research to advanced applications of deep learning to fundamental science. That does not mean that I am not continuing to participate in the CMS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider - that remains the main focus of my research; but it does mean that what remains of my brain functionalities is mostly invested in thinking about future applications of today's and tomorrow's computer science innovations. 

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In California, Bees Are Legally Fish

Jun 03 2022 - 00:06
When people from more normal states ask me about living in California, I tell them all the good things and the weird things people here are true.
When it comes to science, though, it's all weird. We charge more for cars that help nothing in emissions, we have 100,000 cancer warning labels on everything from coffee to corkboards, and we have to get exemptions from EPA to have unlimited natural gas pollution because we mandate and subsidize solar that doesn't work, and we can't allow rich people in Malibu to have brownouts.

But legally declaring that bees are fish is next level kooky, even for America's most anti-science state.

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In California, Bees Are Legally Fish

Jun 03 2022 - 00:06
When people from more normal states ask me about living in California, I tell them all the good things and the weird things people here are true.
When it comes to science, though, it's all weird. We charge more for cars that help nothing in emissions, we have 100,000 cancer warning labels on everything from coffee to corkboards, and we have to get exemptions from EPA to have unlimited natural gas pollution because we mandate and subsidize solar that doesn't work, and we can't allow rich people in Malibu to have brownouts.

But legally declaring that bees are fish is next level kooky, even for America's most anti-science state.

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Black Holes And The Creation Of The Universe

Jun 02 2022 - 18:06

The birth and ultimate fate of the 13.7 billion year old universe is a subject that has intrigued scientists since the dawn of civilization.

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Stop Eating Affordable Vegetables, It’s Just Too Dangerous. Claims Organic Industry Funded Paper

Jun 02 2022 - 15:06
There is some produce advice coming from the activist camp yet again, but what they are selling is rotten.

A recent paper senior author'ed by famed organic industry proponent Dr. Michael N. Antoniou raised an alarm about insecticide and herbicide residues found in the fecal microbiome of 65 twins in the United Kingdom. The big problem with it is that it preys on modern science journalists not knowing that dose matters. Any detection of any chemical that can kill a rat at high doses is correlated to pathology in humans, despite that being nothing close to reality.

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DNA Repair Genes May Be Why More Smokers Don't Get Lung Cancer

Jun 01 2022 - 12:06
Smoking is a legitimate class 1 carcinogen, determined by the International Agency for Research on Cancer before they were hijacked by activist epidemiologists out to scare people about the modern world.

Yet it is not a magic bullet. Only 10 percent of smokers will get lung cancer, which does not sound like a lot, but it is actually a high amount - greater than alcohol or obesity. Yet it is so obviously toxic it seems like the cancer rates should be much higher. 

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