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Science Stories in the news Season 10

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TBBT sometimes get excited real science news. For example in 8.12:

"Raj: I'm worried about the New Horizons space probe."

This thread is a place to speculate about science stories that might come up.

 

On July 4th the Juno spacecraft will go into orbit around Jupiter.

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/716432963992/

https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html

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Science has not played nearly as prominent a role as it should in informing debates over the labeling of genetically modified foods, end of life care and energy policy, among many issues.

The current presidential race, however, is something special. It takes antiscience to previously unexplored terrain. When the major Republican candidate for president has tweeted that global warming is a Chinese plot, threatens to dismantle a climate agreement 20 years in the making and to eliminate an agency that enforces clean air and water regulations, and speaks passionately about a link between vaccines and autism that was utterly discredited years ago, we can only hope that there is nowhere to go but up.

The quote is from http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/donald-trump-s-lack-of-respect-for-science-is-alarming/

Stuff like this can have a big effect on science funding. 

See http://www.nature.com/news/trump-vs-clinton-worlds-apart-on-science-1.20326

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The two candidates — whose campaign staff declined multiple interview requests — also seem to think very differently about the role of science. Although Clinton has described science and innovation as a foundation for the future, science funding seems to be an afterthought for Trump, says John Karsten, coordinator of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington DC. Instead, the Republican has focused on issues such as national security, immigration and crumbling infrastructure.

 

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Soon we should have new photos of Jupiter with better resolution than ever before. Juno is in a 53 day elongated orbit and on Saturday it will be on it's closest approach to the planet. The camera and scientific instruments will be on this time.

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/jpl/nasas-juno-to-soar-closest-to-jupiter-this-saturday

Blow our socks off :)

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3 hours ago, Nogravitasatall said:

SpaceX just lost an F9 on the pad in Florida. That's big news.

I wonder if Tensor could see the smoke through the rain. 

Literally, I couldn't see to the end of the street, about 60m (that's about 200 feet for those in the US)  through the rain.  

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just wow...

NASA Spacecraft Going to Asteroid

Date:
September 9, 2016
Source:
AP / Powered by NewsLook.com
Summary:
Its an ambitious mission and, a first for the United States. On Thursday, NASA sent the Osiris-Rex spacecraft to the asteroid Bennu to collect a sample and return it to Earth. (Sept. 9) Video provided by AP
see https://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/48b4bb0780c64988abcdbe2fac1e605c.htm for video
 
briefing on science of Osiris-Rex spacecraft
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British-born scientists David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for discoveries on unusual states of matter that could result in improved materials for electronics or quantum computers.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said the laureates' work in the 1970s and '80s opened the door to a previously unknown world where matter takes unusual states or phase and helped "reveal the secrets of exotic matter".

That is from http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/2016-physics-nobel-prize-1.3790203

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Hold on. This could be a big deal.

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/science-blog/universe-expanding-accelerating-rate-%E2%80%93-or-it# 

 

Now, a team of scientists led by Professor Subir Sarkar of Oxford University's Department of Physics has cast doubt on this standard cosmological concept. Making use of a vastly increased data set – a catalogue of 740 Type Ia supernovae, more than ten times the original sample size – the researchers have found that the evidence for acceleration may be flimsier than previously thought, with the data being consistent with a constant rate of expansion.

 

If the expansion is not accelerating there is no dark energy after all!

 

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So it is quite possible that we are being misled and that the apparent manifestation of dark energy is a consequence of analysing the data in an oversimplified theoretical model – one that was in fact constructed in the 1930s, long before there was any real data. A more sophisticated theoretical framework accounting for the observation that the universe is not exactly homogeneous and that its matter content may not behave as an ideal gas – two key assumptions of standard cosmology – may well be able to account for all observations without requiring dark energy. Indeed, vacuum energy is something of which we have absolutely no understanding in fundamental theory.'

Professor Sarkar added: 'Naturally, a lot of work will be necessary to convince the physics community of this, but our work serves to demonstrate that a key pillar of the standard cosmological model is rather shaky. Hopefully this will motivate better analyses of cosmological data, as well as inspiring theorists to investigate more nuanced cosmological models.

 

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More Evidence for 9th Planet on Solar System's Fringes

 
A UA-led team finds that the four Kuiper Belt Objects with the longest known orbital periods revolve around the sun in patterns most readily explained by the presence of such a planet.
Daniel Stolte
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University Communications
Oct. 21, 2016
RESOURCES FOR THE MEDIA
 

As the search for a hypothetical, unseen planet far beyond Neptune's orbit continues, research by a University of Arizona team provides additional support for the possible existence of such a world and narrows the range of its parameters and location. 

Led by Renu Malhotra, a Regents' Professor of Planetary Sciences in the UA's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, the team found that the four Kuiper Belt Objects with the longest known orbital periods revolve around the sun in patterns most readily explained by the presence of a hypothetical "Planet Nine" approximately 10 times the mass of Earth. Malhotra presented the results at the 48th meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Pasadena, California.

copied from https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/more-evidence-9th-planet-solar-systems-fringes

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Today It is a huge party when the Nobel prizes are handed out in Stockholm

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https://www.sciencenews.org/article/science-news-writers-look-ahead-2017

Science news writers look ahead to 2017

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But in 2017 she’ll be focused on experiments seeking “weird stuff in physics.” Neutrino experiments will be searching for differences between matter and antimatter — “a big deal for how everything in the universe came to be,” she says. Researchers with the dark matter experiment ADMX plan to unveil results in their latest search for the light, electrically neutral and still hypothetical axions. “People are focusing on axions becauseWIMPs aren’t showing up.” And Fermilab’s Muon g-2 experiment will measure the magnetic properties of the muon, a particle like an electron but much more massive. “We could get something new anytime,” Conover says.

 

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House Science Panel Adds Climate-Denying Members

Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), “I believe that climate change in this country is largely leftist propaganda to change the way Americans live and create more government obstruction and intrusion in our lives,” 

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) “I do not believe climate change is occurring,” . “I do not think that humans have a significant impact on climate. The federal government should stop regulating and stomping on our economy and freedoms in the name of a discredited theory.”      

The committee has influence on climate research and environmental regulations. It has jurisdiction over $40 billion in federal budgets, and it oversees NASA, the Department of Energy, U.S. EPA, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Some of the other new GOP members have acknowledged that humans play a role in changing the climate, but they stop short of saying it justifies stronger environmental protections.

Republican Rep. Neal Dunn, a surgeon from Panama City, Fla., has said the United States should not follow “global warming alarmists” like President Obama. He said the science is too uncertain to justify environmental protections that could stifle industry.

 

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Bang! Bang! The Big Bang Theory meets The Big Bang Theory!

Eric L. Kaplan, executive producer of the long running CBS television series, The Big Bang Theory, Harvard astrophysicist Robert Wilson, co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for finding signs of the real Big Bang, and Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and author of a Big Bang opera, will join New York Times science writer, Claudia Dreifus for a discussion of humor and science.

What's funny and what's not about the scientific enterprise? What role do serendipity and surprise play in both?   Dr. Robert Wilson, is the co-discoverer of the cosmic microwave background radiation, a space echo of the real Big Bang. Mr. Kaplan, a former writer for The Simpsons and Futurama, is also the author of Does Santa Exist: A Philosophical Investigation.  

Together, they will discuss the Big Bang Theory, facts, fiction and fun. -

See more at: http://www.92y.org/Event/The-Big-Bang-Theory-Fact-Fiction

Date: Sun, Feb 5, 2017, 8 pm

Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Venue: Buttenwieser Hall

Price: from $32.00

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On 1/26/2017 at 1:27 PM, vonmar said:

Bang! Bang! The Big Bang Theory meets The Big Bang Theory!

Eric L. Kaplan, executive producer of the long running CBS television series, The Big Bang Theory, Harvard astrophysicist Robert Wilson, co-recipient of a Nobel Prize for finding signs of the real Big Bang, and Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and author of a Big Bang opera, will join New York Times science writer, Claudia Dreifus for a discussion of humor and science.

What's funny and what's not about the scientific enterprise? What role do serendipity and surprise play in both?   Dr. Robert Wilson, is the co-discoverer of the cosmic microwave background radiation, a space echo of the real Big Bang. Mr. Kaplan, a former writer for The Simpsons and Futurama, is also the author of Does Santa Exist: A Philosophical Investigation.  

Together, they will discuss the Big Bang Theory, facts, fiction and fun. -

See more at: http://www.92y.org/Event/The-Big-Bang-Theory-Fact-Fiction

Date: Sun, Feb 5, 2017, 8 pm

Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St

Venue: Buttenwieser Hall

Price: from $32.00

Official video from this event...runs about an hour...

 

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