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Tests Confirm That Germany's Massive Nuclear Fusion Machine Really Works
At the end of last year, Germany switched on a new type of massive nuclear fusion reactor for the first time, and it was successfully able to contain a scorching hot blob of helium plasma.

But since then, there's been a big question - is the device working the way it's supposed to? That's pretty crucial when you're talking about a machine that could potentially maintain controlled nuclear fusion reactions one day, and thankfully, the answer is yes.

A team of researchers from the US and Germany have now confirmed that the Wendelstein 7-X (W 7-X) stellerator is producing the super-strong, twisty, 3D magnetic fields that its design predicted, with "unprecedented accuracy". The researchers found an error rate less than one in 100,000.
germany  nuclear  nuclearfusion  stellerator  energy  power  science  2016 
december 2016 by Frontrunner
Religious People Understand the World Less, Study Suggests
Religious people are more likely to have a poorer understanding of the world and are more likely to believe objects like rocks and paper have human qualities, scientists say.

Researchers at the University of Helsinki compared believers in God or the paranormal to people with autism after finding they tend to struggle to understand the realities of the world around us.

Religious beliefs were linked with a weaker ability to understand physical and biological phenomenon such as volcanoes, flowers, rocks and wind without giving them human qualities.
religion  knowledge  world  study  science  2016 
october 2016 by Frontrunner
AronRa
L. Aron Nelson, the President of the Atheist Alliance of America, blog.
blog  aronnelson  aronra  atheism  reason  science  website 
october 2016 by Frontrunner
Study Links Poor Understanding of the Physical World to Religious and Paranormal Beliefs
Many people like to believe in supernatural phenomena, for example, breaking a mirror brings you 7 years of bad luck. In the past, studies have shown that people see natural phenomena as having intentions, and give human characteristics to God and other supernatural agents. Moreover, paranormal and religious believers have been shown to take such statements as ‘Earth wants water’ or ‘Force knows its direction’ as more literally true than skeptics, who interpret the statements more metaphorically.
religion  supernaturalphenomena  science  physicalscience  2016 
october 2016 by Frontrunner
Surprises of the Faraday Cage
Nearly everyone has heard of the Faraday cage effect. So when I needed to learn about it, I assumed it would be a matter of looking in some standard physics books, maybe the ones I’d studied as an undergraduate. This was the beginning of a journey of surprises.

The Faraday cage effect involves shielding of electrostatic and electromagnetic fields. A closed metal cavity makes a perfect shield, with zero fields inside, and that is in the textbooks. Faraday’s discovery of 1836 was that fields are nearly zero inside a wire mesh, too. You see this principle applied in your microwave oven, whose front door contains a metal screen with small holes. The screen keeps the microwaves in, while allowing light, with its much smaller wavelength, to pass through.
science  electricity  faradaycage  shielding  visualization  2016 
august 2016 by Frontrunner
6 in 10 of You Will Share This Link without Reading it, a New, Depressing Study Says
On June 4, the satirical news site the Science Post published a block of "lorem ipsum" text under a frightening headline: "Study: 70% of Facebook users only read the headline of science stories before commenting."

Nearly 46,000 people shared the post, some of them quite earnestly — an inadvertent example, perhaps, of life imitating comedy.
socialmedia  internet  culture  sharing  reading  science  dummytext  idiocracy  2016 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
The Good Country - Overall Rankings
Most of the world’s problems are really just symptoms of a bigger, underlying problem: that we haven’t yet worked out how to organise ourselves as a single species inhabiting a single planet. This can change.

This is the ranking of countries in various categories of areas of progress.
countries  ranking  science  technology  culture  peace  security  worldorder  climate  prosperity  equality  health  wellness  wellbeing 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
How Do Food Manufacturers Calculate the Calorie Count of Packaged Foods?
In order to answer this question, it helps to define a calorie. A calorie is a unit that is used to measure energy. The Calorie you see on a food package is actually a kilocalorie, or 1,000 calories. A Calorie (kcal) is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water 1 degree Celsius. Sometimes the energy content of food is expressed in kilojoules (kj), a metric unit. One kcal equals 4.184 kj. So the Calorie on a food package is 1,000 times larger than the calorie used in chemistry and physics.
food  calories  calculation  kcal  kj  fat  carbohydrates  protein  alcohol  science  2006 
june 2016 by Frontrunner
Who's Downloading Pirated Papers? Everyone
Just as spring arrived last month in Iran, Meysam Rahimi sat down at his university computer and immediately ran into a problem: how to get the scientific papers he needed. He had to write up a research proposal for his engineering Ph.D. at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran. His project straddles both operations management and behavioral economics, so Rahimi had a lot of ground to cover.

But every time he found the abstract of a relevant paper, he hit a paywall. Although Amirkabir is one of the top research universities in Iran, international sanctions and economic woes have left it with poor access to journals. To read a 2011 paper in Applied Mathematics and Computation, Rahimi would have to pay the publisher, Elsevier, $28. A 2015 paper in Operations Research, published by the U.S.-based company INFORMS, would cost $30.
scihub  science  studies  papers  journals  elsevier  informs  piracy  academic  2016 
may 2016 by Frontrunner
Skeptoid
Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena is an award-winning weekly science podcast. Since 2006, Skeptoid has been fighting the good fight against the overwhelming majority of noise in the media supporting useless alternative medicine systems, psychics preying upon the vulnerable, the erosion of science education in the classroom, xenophobia of advanced energy and food production methods, and generally anything that distracts attention and public funding from scientific advancement.
skeptic  criticalthinking  popphenomena  science  podcast 
april 2016 by Frontrunner
Next Big Future
The 'Next Big Future' blog looks at a specific range of developing technologies. It tracks developments and investigates the technical choices available and how society and business might best respond.
news  blog  energy  space  science  technology  world  medicine  robotics  quantumcomputers  ai 
april 2016 by Frontrunner
The Naked Scientists
The Naked Scientists, internet science podcast. Contains science articles, online science discussion forum, interviews with famous scientists, science book reviews and free MP3 downloads including internet science radio shows and subscription to the Naked Scientists podcasts.
podcast  radio  science  mp3 
march 2016 by Frontrunner
Computational Science Stack Exchange
Computational Science Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for scientists using computers to solve scientific problems.
science  computationalscience  questionsandanswers  stackexchange 
march 2016 by Frontrunner

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