What Today's Higgs Boson Discovery Really Means The boson series, in short and somewhat muddied recollection of the subject. Please do your own research if you want a fully accurate description, google and wikipedia are great places to start, cassiopea project has a video series on the standard model that explain it pretty well too. The term 'boson' is a concatenation of Bose-Einstein, representing physical properties which are very alien to what we normally observe. The matter we can see is Newtonian, meaning it follows Newton's laws of physics. One of the more interesting properties of bosons occurs when cooled into a condensate, they no longer have deterministic volume, meaning even if you had millions of particles in this state they would still measure out to have the same volume as a single particle, in effect all occupying the same position in space.
Profile: Jean-Francois Cope, leader of France's UMP 20 November 2012Last updated at 07:21 ET Jean-Francois Cope is seen here at a political rally in Paris Jean-Francois Cope (pronounced "cope-ay"), the man who snatched victory in the leadership contest for France's conservative UMP party, has been a strong ally of Nicolas Sarkozy. If anything, he sits further to the right of the former president, particularly on immigration. His victory by the narrowest of margins - just 98 votes out of almost 175,000 cast by party members - suggests the party is evenly split.
A Pyrrhic victory at the Supreme Court as Obamacare becomes Obamatax By Toby Harnden PUBLISHED: 07:51 GMT, 29 June 2012 | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 29 June 2012 Barack Obama was the clear winner in the Supreme Court’s dramatic five to four decision over the Orwellian-named Affordable Care Act – better known as Obamacare on both Right and Left. BP and the Missing Methane Cluster of anaerobic methane-consuming archaea (red) and sulfate reducing bacteria (green). This cluster of cells has fluorescent molecules attached that show up as different colors when viewed with a special microscope. Photo courtesy of Victoria Orphan, California Institute of Technology. Nine months after BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster, a new report in the preeminent journal Science weighs in on the missing methane.
Antihydrogen Trapped For 1000 Seconds Antihydrogen is rare in our part of the Universe. Indeed, it was only last year that scientists at CERN’s Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus (ALPHA) managed to trap a significant amount of the stuff for the first time, albeit only 38 antiatoms for just 172 milliseconds. Today, they announce a significant improvement. These guys now say they’ve trapped 309 antihydrogen atoms for up to 1000 seconds. That’s an increase in trapping time of four orders of magnitude, comparable to what’s possible with good old ordinary matter.
Why should anyone listen to a country whose imploding economy could drag the whole of Europe down with it? By Simon Heffer PUBLISHED: 22:02 GMT, 23 November 2012 | UPDATED: 08:44 GMT, 24 November 2012 During all the smoke and confusion surrounding this week’s battle over a proposed new seven-year EU budget, it is France that has mounted the fiercest resistance to David Cameron’s call for tens of billions of pounds worth of cuts.
‘The Queen of Versailles’ almost makes you feel sorry for the 1%. Almost. Jackie Siegel in front of her family’s 26,000-square-foot home. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Greenfield/Magnolia Pictures.) In 2007, Jackie and David Siegel were “bursting out of the seams” of their old house. At 26,000 square feet, it felt too cozy for their eight-kid family and their extravagant lifestyle. They were ready to upgrade. Shocking human poison levels in latest Gulf tests - National Human Rights Photo: Alexander Higgins While Dr. Soto and Wilma Subra of Subra Company are finding shocking levels of poisons in each individual they test, Gregg Hall, who tested with VOC levels "off the chart" and lost feeling in his feet, recovered those feelings only one month after leaving the Gulf Coast.
Atoms Reach Record Temperature, Colder than Absolute Zero Absolute zero is often thought to be the coldest temperature possible. But now researchers show they can achieve even lower temperatures for a strange realm of "negative temperatures." Oddly, another way to look at these negative temperatures is to consider them hotter than infinity, researchers added. This unusual advance could lead to new engines that could technically be more than 100 percent efficient, and shed light on mysteries such as dark energy, the mysterious substance that is apparently pulling our universe apart. An object's temperature is a measure of how much its atoms move — the colder an object is, the slower the atoms are. Hollande unveils tough new budget saving 30 billion euros from public expenditure Socialist French government's plans designed to save 30 billion euros (£24bn)France's economy has not grown for three quartersSpending plan could lead to some of 'the most talented French workers quitting France for London By Hugo Duncan Published: 14:31 GMT, 28 September 2012 | Updated: 00:39 GMT, 29 September 2012
American companies must shun China¿s top two technology firms as they are a security threat, warns House Intelligence Committee Republican candidate Mitt Romney among those wanting to get tough on Chinese businessesReport urges U.S. companies to avoid ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies LtdPanel concerned after cyber-attacks traced to China By Associated Press Published: 11:58 GMT, 8 October 2012 | Updated: 06:50 GMT, 9 October 2012 Alarming Evidence of a Leaking Macondo Prospect: The BP Gulf Oil Spill Continues The following letter has been sent to Congressmen Fred Upton and John Simkus by BK Lim, Geohazards Specialist, (Click here for CV) in response to our request to inform the US Congress about a situation of which that they appear to be unaware. The growing need for a real US Congressional Inquiry into the matter of the Macondo Prospect in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) – the site of the BP Oil Spill which began on April 20, 2010 – has been apparent for many months now. This letter represents a turning point for the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference in that this International Citizens’ Initiative has decided that overwhelming evidence exists that points to a situation that has not been properly addressed. Therefore, the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico sits in a state of abeyance of sorts.
Imaging Breakthrough: See Atomic Bonds Before and After Molecular Reaction For the first time, scientists have visually captured a molecule at single-atom resolution in the act of rearranging its bonds. The images look startlingly similar to the stick diagrams in chemistry textbooks. Until now, scientists were only able to infer molecular structures. Using atomic force microscopy, the individual atomic bonds — each a few ten-millionths of a millimeter long — that connect the carbon molecule’s 26 carbon and 14 hydrogen atoms are clearly visible. The results are reported online May 30 in Science. The team initially set out to precisely assemble nanostructures made from graphene, a single-layer material in which carbon atoms are arranged in repeating, hexagonal patterns.