Smaller than Small: Looking for Something New With the LHC

From The Large Hadron Collider: The Extraordinary Story of the Higgs Boson and Other Stuff That Will Blow Your Mind, an insider’s account of the LHC’s operational history and the search for the Higgs boson, by Don Lincoln. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press. ...

What is the Shape of a Proton?

Picture a proton. You’re probably thinking of something small and round, like a subatomic marble. That’s not a bad start, and it’s certainly good enough for most chemistry and physics classes. Maybe you’re imagining what the quarks inside the ...

There’s More Than One Way To Hunt For Gravitational Waves

This is Part 1 of a two-part feature on the search for gravitational waves. Read Part 2 here. Physicists are poised to make the first-ever direct detection of gravitational waves. Will the detection come from ...

There’s More Than One Way To Hunt For Gravitational Waves, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part feature on the search for gravitational waves. Read Part 1 here. All of these techniques are exquisitely sensitive, seeking out minute changes. But gravitational waves might have a much stronger impact on matter than previously assumed, thanks...
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Solvay inaugurates ETFBO plant in Bad Wimpfen, Germany

Solvay has inaugurated a 4-ethoxy-1,1,1-trifluoro-3-butene-2-one (ETFBO) manufacturing plant in Bad Wimpfen, Germany. Built with an investment of €5m, the facility will produce 1,000t of the ETFBO compound each year, and will expand Solvay’s portfolio of fluorinated organic intermediates. Solvay...
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Fluoridation Unanimously Ended by Kerry County Council

The Kingdom reigns in. Congratulations to the people of Kerry and the representatives of Kerry County Council who at their latest meeting yesterday (Monday 10th November) passed a motion against public water fluoridation. The motion, tabled by Damian Quigg (SF) “That Kerry County...
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Judge Napolitano: The States Can Nullify

“The power that the States gave to the Federal Government – they can take back. They can even Nullify!” This is an excerpt of his lecture on “What Ever Happened to the Constitution?” Recorded 29 July 2010 at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama.
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Will New Genetically-Modified USDA-Approved Potato Gain Respectability?

Federal agricultural regulators have approved a new genetically modified potato for American farmers to grow that’s aimed at the fast-food market. The U.S. ...
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GE, Microsoft and Proctor & Gamble Most Popular Stocks Owned by Members of Congress

When it comes to investing in the market, members of Congress love their blue chip stocks. A new database from the watchdog group MapLight has revealed the most popular companies that senators and representatives invested in last year. ...

Obama Proposes that Internet be Reclassified as a Utility

President Barack Obama called on Monday for the Internet to be classified as a public utility, which would ensure equal access and speeds for all who use it. Obama announced while traveling through Asia that it was time for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 (pdf) so it is treated as a common carrier, the same as phone companies. ...
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U.S. Murders Drop to 45-Year Low

Homicides and other violent crimes in the United States have fallen to a level not seen in more than 45 years. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that the number of murders and non-negligent homicides last year fell 4.4% to 14,196, the lowest total since 1968. ...
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Iran Claims to Have Successfully Duplicated a U.S. Military Drone

U.S. drone technology is now in the hands of Iran, which claims to have reverse-engineered an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). ...
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Border Patrol Arrests Extend Hundreds of Miles from Border

Perhaps they should change the name to the Inland Patrol. ...
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Should States Finally Compensate Victims of Forced Sterilization?

North Carolina has begun to do something no other state in the nation has attempted: Pay victims of forced sterilization. The state is attempting to right a 20th century wrong when that state and others mandated that tens of thousands of Americans have their reproductive rights stripped from them in the name of public policy. ...
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Police Departments Like to Seize Fancy Cars and Cash…Computers and Jewelry Not So Much

Police departments that use civil forfeiture to pad their treasuries are getting more selective in the items they seize, thanks to special training they’ve gotten in how to maximize their piles of loot. For instance, agencies are advised not to bother with jewelry and computers. ...