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Why the scientists aren’t combining data from two experiments to get 5-sigma evidence (= “proof”) for the Higgs boson The Higgs field was postulated nearly 50 years ago, the LHC was proposed about 30 years ago, the experiments have been … Continue reading

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Even if science is hellish on the scientists, isn’t it important for society? Perhaps. But likely not. Science merely offers power — the use of that power for good or evil is out of the hands of scientists. And as … Continue reading

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http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Thank you, steel manufacturing companies, and thank you, chemical processing companies, for giving us the time to read. —Hans Rosling Totally good point about how the mechanisation of the rich world has allowed us to have so many professors, … Continue reading

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According to some rough estimates, world living standards grew less than 50 percent … from A.D. 1 until the Industrial Revolution. By contrast, they grew a whopping 1,000 to 2,000 percent in the 19th and 20th centuries. Joel Waldfogel

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What’s the difference between leaving carbon progeny behind you and silicon progeny behind you? … [W]hat makes you feel that a planet teeming with sexually created successors would constitute a more valid extension of ‘we’-ness than a planet teeming with … Continue reading

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