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  • A Must-Read Essay By Israeli Physicist Haim Harari on the Arab Spring and Barack Obama’s Incoherent

    11/30/2011 6:30:11 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 11/30/11 | Joel B. Pollak
    Israeli physicist Dr. Haim Harari, former president of Israel’s world-renowned Weizmann Institute of Science, recently laid forth an analysis of the Arab Spring and its aftermath that is a must-read as Egyptians elect a new government this week. Harari points out that the only stable and powerful political forces in most Arab countries are the military and the Islamist movements, with some tribal forces playing a role in certain Arab states. The outlook for true liberal democracy–with individual rights, respect for opposition, and checks and balances of power–is therefore grim, Harari concludes. In addition, Harari offers an analysis of the...
  • Are We One of Many Universes? MIT Physicist Says "Yes"

    02/19/2011 1:59:12 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 80 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 2/18/11 | Casey Kazan
    Modern cosmology theory holds that our universe may be just one in a vast collection of universes known as the multiverse. MIT physicist Alan Guth has suggested that new universes (known as “pocket universes”) are constantly being created, but they cannot be seen from our universe. In this view, “nature gets a lot of tries — the universe is an experiment that’s repeated over and over again, each time with slightly different physical laws, or even vastly different physical laws,” says Jaffe. Some of these universes would collapse instants after forming; in others, the forces between particles would be so...
  • Biology May Not Be So Complex After All, Physicist Finds

    03/20/2010 10:10:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 624+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | 3/19/10
    ScienceDaily (Mar. 19, 2010) — Centuries ago, scientists began reducing the physics of the universe into a few, key laws described by a handful of parameters. Such simple descriptions have remained elusive for complex biological systems -- until now.Emory biophysicist Ilya Nemenman has identified parameters for several biochemical networks that distill the entire behavior of these systems into simple equivalent dynamics. The discovery may hold the potential to streamline the development of drugs and diagnostic tools, by simplifying the research models.
  • Sudden disappearance of Deep River scientist mystifies colleagues

    02/21/2010 3:24:50 PM PST · by hennie pennie · 331 replies · 5,189+ views
    The Canadian Press ^ | February 21, 2010 | Canada East Interactive Staff
    TORONTO - There are still no leads in the case of an eastern Ontario scientist who disappeared without a trace last month, leaving his colleagues mystified. Lachlan Cranswick hasn't been seen since Jan. 18, when he left work at the National Research Council's Canadian Neutron Beam Centre in Chalk River, northwest of Ottawa. His nearby Deep River house was reportedly left unlocked and his car was in the garage. His wallet, keys and passport have all been accounted for......
  • SCIENTIST VANISHES WITHOUT TRACE [Chalk River Nuclear Facility, Canada]

    02/21/2010 3:14:44 PM PST · by Cindy · 58 replies · 2,396+ views
    NOTE: Photo included. SNIPPET: "On Jan. 18, Lachlan Cranswick left the Chalk River nuclear facility, where he worked, and took a bus to Deep River, the small town on the Ottawa River where he lived. The 41-year-old physicist, whose job entailed running experiments for the National Research Council, had just finished some work for a researcher overseas and left his findings on his desk, to be mailed later. Sometime that night or the next morning, he took his garbage bins outside for pickup. Then, he vanished without a trace. When he didn't show up for work for several days and...
  • Iranian nuclear physics professor dies in Tehran bomb blast - reports (regime blames opposition)

    01/12/2010 2:14:03 AM PST · by SolidWood · 40 replies · 2,301+ views
    BBC ^ | 12 January 2010 | BBC
    An Iranian nuclear physics professor has been killed in a bomb attack in the capital Tehran, Iranian media say. They say that Masoud Mohammadi died after a remotely controlled bomb exploded near his home. Iranian media describe him as a "devoted revolutionary professor" killed by "anti-revolutionary" groups. It comes at a time of heightened tension in Iran, following June's disputed presidential election and mass protests against the government. Prof Mohammadi of Tehran University "was killed in a booby-trapped motorbike blast" in the city's northern Qeytariyeh district, Press TV said. It showed pictures from the scene of the blast, saying windows...
  • Nuclear scientist killed by motorcycle bomb in Iran

    01/12/2010 1:12:33 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 1,188+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/12/2010 | Sophie Tedmanson
    An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed by a remote-controlled bomb in Tehran today. The victim was identified as Professor Massoud Mohammadi, who worked at Tehran University. He was killed near his home in a northern part of the capital by a booby-trapped motorcycle. A senior Interior Ministry official, Mehdi Mohammadifar, said the motive for the bombing was under investigation. "Apparently this man was a university professor who was killed close to his home this morning in an explosion," Mr Mohammadifar said. The official IRNA news agency said it was not yet clear how many people were killed in the blast,...
  • Iranian nuclear physicist killed in bombing

    01/12/2010 1:24:35 AM PST · by bushpilot1 · 7 replies · 548+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Jan 2010 | NASSER KARIMI
    A nuclear physics professor at Tehran University was killed Tuesday by a bomb-rigged motorcycle parked outside his home in Iran's capital, state media reported.
  • Hadron Collider physicist Adlene Hicheur charged with terrorism

    10/12/2009 9:52:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 68 replies · 4,963+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/13/2009 | Charles Bremner and Adam Sage in Paris
    A French physicist with the European atomic research centre near Geneva was charged with terrorism offences by a Paris judge last night after investigators said that he offered to work with the North African branch of al-Qaeda. Adlčne Hicheur, 32, who is of Algerian origin, was arrested last week with his younger brother after intelligence agents intercepted his alleged internet contacts with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The physicist, who works at the giant atomic collider at CERN (European Organisation for Nuclear Research), which straddles Swiss and French territory, told the Islamic group that he was interested in committing an...
  • What do you get if you divide science by God?

    03/24/2009 7:27:15 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 870+ views
    news.bbc ^ | 24 March 2009
    A prize-winning quantum physicist says a spiritual reality is veiled from us, and science offers a glimpse behind that veil. So how do scientists investigating the fundamental nature of the universe assess any role of God, asks Mark Vernon. The Templeton Prize, awarded for contributions to "affirming life's spiritual dimension", has been won by French physicist Bernard d'Espagnat, who has worked on quantum physics with some of the most famous names in modern science....D'Espagnat worked with Wheeler, though he himself reckons quantum theory suggests something different. For him, quantum physics shows us that reality is ultimately "veiled" from us. The...
  • [Chinese] Physicist admits sending US space know-how to China

    11/17/2008 1:56:56 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 16 replies · 943+ views
    Breibart ^ | 11.17.08
    A Chinese-born physicist Monday pleaded guilty before a US court to illegally exporting American military space know-how to China, US officials said. Naturalized US citizen Shu Quan-Sheng, admitted handing over to Beijing information on the design and development of a fueling system for space launch vehicles between 2003 and 2007, the Justice Department said. Shu, 68, pleaded guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act by helping Chinese officials based at the space facility on southern Hainan island to develop manned space flight and future missions to the Moon. He also acknowledged he had sent them in December 2003 a...
  • Shy Japanese Nobel laureate has no passport: wife ( never traveled abroad, hates parties)

    10/08/2008 5:12:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 715+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/08/08
    Shy Japanese Nobel laureate has no passport: wife Wed Oct 8, 3:06 AM ET Japanese Nobel Physics laureate Toshihide Maskawa, an introvert devoted to thinking about the universe, has no passport to go to Stockholm to accept the prize, his wife revealed on Wednesday. Maskawa, 68, was one of three physicists to share the prestigious award announced Tuesday for his groundbreaking work on fundamental particles. But his wife, Akiko, said that Maskawa does not travel overseas and feels "quite allergic to trying to speak English." "And if he needs to go to the award ceremony, he'll need first to apply...
  • Big Bang: Nightmares and Dreams -- Physicist Michio Kaku discusses the Large Hadron Collider [Video]

    09/11/2008 12:24:13 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 3 replies · 198+ views
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  • John A. Wheeler, Physicist Who Coined the Term ‘Black Hole,’ Is Dead at 96

    04/14/2008 12:47:47 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 6 replies · 77+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/14/08 | Dennis Overbye
    John A. Wheeler, a visionary physicist and teacher who helped invent the theory of nuclear fission, gave black holes their name and argued about the nature of reality with Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr, died Sunday morning at his home in Hightstown, N.J. He was 96. Skip to next paragraph The cause was pneumonia, said his daughter Alison Wheeler Lahnston. Dr. Wheeler was a young, impressionable professor in 1939 when Bohr, the Danish physicist and his mentor, arrived in the United States aboard a ship from Denmark and confided to him that German scientists had succeeded in splitting uranium atoms....
  • Physicist needs $20,000 for time-travel experiment

    04/09/2007 12:40:41 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 87 replies · 2,357+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 4/8/07 | Tom Paulson
    Without funding, lab space will be lostThe Seattle scientist who wants to test a controversial prediction from quantum theory that says light particles can go backward in time is, himself, running out of time. It's not a wormhole or warp in the space-time continuum. The problem is more mundane -- a black hole in the time-and-money continuum spawned by today's increasingly risk-averse, "performance-based" approach to funding research. "I guess you could say we're now living on borrowed time," wryly joked John Cramer, a physicist at the University of Washington. "All we need to keep going is maybe $20,000, but nobody...
  • Mysterious Death of Iranian Nuclear Physicist

    02/08/2007 5:23:43 AM PST · by nuconvert · 23 replies · 1,601+ views
    roozonline.com ^ | Feb. 6, 2007
    Mysterious Death of Iranian Nuclear Physicist Esfandiar Saffari - 2007.02.08 Despite initial denials by Iran’s state-run media, Baztab news website [affiliated with former Passdaran Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezai] confirmed the “mysterious” death of Ardeshir Hosseinpour, a senior nuclear physicist involved in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. Baztab quoted “one of Hosseinpour’s acquaintances” as saying, “Unfortunately, 20 days ago, Dr. Ardeshir Hosseinpour, who was only 40 years old and a medal-holder in Kung Fu, passed away in a house belonging to a professor at Shiraz University.” Baztab did not reveal further more details about the death, but confirmed that Dr....
  • Yuval Ne'eman, dean of Israeli scientists, dies at 80

    04/29/2006 7:42:56 PM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 5 replies · 349+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | April 27 2006 | Judy Siegel
    Prof. Yuval Ne'eman, 80, a world-acclaimed physicist, multi-talented academic, one of Israel's most prominent scientists and a right-wing ideologue, died on Wednesday at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center after suffering a stroke. Born in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1925, he was not only the initiator of the Science and Technology Ministry and twice minister but also the founder and chairman of the Israel Space Agency. His coffin is to be on view in the courtyard of the Tel Aviv University Senate Building on Thursday from noon, and a funeral ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. in the presence of...
  • A-Bomb Inventor Philip Morrison Dies

    04/27/2005 1:21:31 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 421+ views
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Philip Morrison, one of the inventors of the atomic bomb and an early leader in the search for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, has died. He was 89. Morrison, a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died in his sleep at his home Friday, the university announced Monday. "Phil was a great physicist," said Marc Kastner, chairman of the physics department at MIT. "He was spectacular at explaining physics to the public, too." Morrison was the host of "The Ring of Truth," a six-part series aired by PBS, and a book review editor for...
  • (President) Bush Names College Physicist (Michael Griffin) New NASA Head

    03/12/2005 7:27:44 PM PST · by anymouse · 28 replies · 743+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Fri Mar 11, 2005 | MARCIA DUNN
    President Bush on Friday picked physicist Michael Griffin to lead NASA as it prepares to resume space shuttle flights and tries to meet the White House goal of sending astronauts back to the moon in the decade ahead. If confirmed by the Senate, Griffin would become the space agency's 11th administrator. Members of Congress immediately praised the president's choice, as did John Logsdon, director of George Washington University's space policy institute. "I've known Mike for a long time and have a great deal of respect for him as a kind of innovative thinker, real enthusiast full of energy," Logsdon said....
  • Physicist Is Awarded the Templeton Prize in Spiritual Matters

    03/10/2005 10:48:40 AM PST · by Rodney King · 9 replies · 457+ views
    New York Times ^ | today | Dennis Overbye
    Physicist Is Awarded the Templeton Prize in Spiritual Matters By DENNIS OVERBYE Published: March 10, 2005 Dr. Charles Townes, a physicist who shared the Nobel Prize for helping to invent the laser, added another and most unusual prize to a lifelong storehouse of honors yesterday. In a news conference at the United Nations, he was announced as the winner of the $1.5 million Templeton Prize, awarded annually for progress or research in spiritual matters. Dr. Townes, 89, a longtime professor at the University of California, Berkeley, has long argued that those old antagonists science and religion are more alike than...
  • Nobel-Winning Physicist Hans Bethe Dies

    03/07/2005 8:41:58 AM PST · by Borges · 39 replies · 1,171+ views
    Yahoo- AP ^ | 03/07/05 | BEN DOBBIN
    ITHACA, N.Y. - Hans Bethe, one of the last of the giants of 20th century physics, who played a pivotal role in designing the first atomic bomb and won a Nobel Prize for figuring out how the sun and other stars generate energy, has died at the age of 98. Bethe died Sunday at his home, Cornell University announced Monday. During World War II, he was a key figure in the building of the first atomic bomb as head of the Manhattan Project's theoretical physics division at Los Alamos, N.M. Bethe (BAY'-tuh), who fled Nazi Germany and joined the Cornell...
  • Physicist, Advised George H.W. Bush, Dies

    02/12/2005 9:25:40 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 8 replies · 781+ views
    Yahoo! News | AP ^ | 2/11/05 | Matt Apuzzo
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nuclear physicist D. Allan Bromley, a Yale University professor and an architect of U.S. science policy during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, has died. He was 79. Bromley died of a heart attack Thursday afternoon, shortly after teaching a class, the university said. As then-President Bush (news - web sites)'s top science adviser from 1989 to 1993, Bromley pushed for sizable increases in funding for scientific research in a race to keep U.S. manufacturing ahead of Japan and Germany. "My respect for the job he did as science adviser to the president knew no...
  • Physicist, 82, to Marry 'Gift from God' Student

    12/19/2004 11:03:21 PM PST · by malboro_man · 33 replies · 1,257+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 17, 2004 | Reuters
    BEIJING (Reuters) - An 82-year-old Chinese Nobel physicist has popped the question to a 28-year-old student whom he described as his last gift from God, the Beijing Morning Post said on Friday.   Dr. Chen Ning Yang, known in China as Yang Zhenning, would marry student Wong Fan in January, the paper said. Yang won the physics Nobel Prize in 1957 jointly with Lee Tsung-dao for their investigation of the so-called parity laws, which led to important discoveries about elementary particles. Yang, whose wife died last year, is a professor at Tsinghua University. He and his wife met Wong in...
  • German Physicist Disputes Atlantis Discovery Claim By American

    11/17/2004 12:34:11 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,273+ views
    Yahoo - AFP ^ | 11-16-2004
    German physicist disputes Atlantis discovery claim by American Tue Nov 16, 3:00 PM ET Science - AFP BERLIN (AFP) - The remains of the lost city of Atlantis which a United States researcher claims to have found off the Mediterranean island of Cyprus are in fact submarine volcanoes, according to a German physicist. US researcher Robert Sarmast claimed Sunday to have found proof that the mythical lost city of Atlantis actually existed and is located under the Mediterranean seabed between Cyprus and Syria. But German physicist Christian Huebscher said he had identified the phenomenon as 100,000 year-old volcanoes that spewed...
  • Los Alamos crackdown imperils U.S., lab physicist warns

    09/18/2004 2:45:10 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 10 replies · 417+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, September 18, 2004 | Keay Davidson
    Director accused of overreacting A Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist charged Friday that "national security has suffered demonstrably" and the nuclear weapons lab's reputation has been unjustly maligned because of director George "Pete" Nanos' decision in July to suspend work at the lab while cracking down on safety problems. The physicist, 32-year lab veteran Brad Lee Holian, has submitted a 1,500- word article outlining his charges to the journal Physics Today. The article has not yet been accepted for publication. Holian works in the T-12 division of the University of California-run lab in New Mexico. Contrary to Nanos' harsh public...
  • Police reportedly probe Stephen Hawking assaults

    01/18/2004 6:44:23 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 85 replies · 282+ views
    Reuters | January 19, 2004
    LONDON (Reuters) - Police are investigating a series of alleged mysterious assaults on disabled top scientist Stephen Hawking, the Daily Mirror has reported. The paper said on Monday detectives wanted to question Hawking, a Cambridge University professor and author of the best selling "A Brief History of Time", about a number of minor injuries he had recently suffered. "The family are worried sick. They've been suspicious for some time that someone has been harming Stephen," an unnamed source told the paper. A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said he could neither confirm or deny the Mirror story. The world famous...
  • Edward Teller ``Father of the H-Bomb'' dies at age 95

    09/09/2003 8:55:00 PM PDT · by MikalM · 138 replies · 812+ views
    <p>Edward Teller, the man who played a key role in U.S. defense and energy policies for more than half a century and was dubbed the "Father of the H-bomb" for his enthusiastic pursuit of the powerful weapon, died Tuesday, a spokesman for Lawrence Livermore Laboratory confirmed. He was 95.</p>
  • Just Found Out......I Lost a Good Friend

    02/08/2003 6:44:07 PM PST · by RightOnline · 97 replies · 623+ views
    self | 2/8/03 | RightOnline
    I received an email early this morning from a stranger.........a stranger who sought me out to tell me that an old high school buddy had died, quite suddenly, of a heart attack. No, he wasn't famous. His name was Bruce Parker. We went to high school together in the early '70's in Huntsville, Alabama. Being close to the Tennessee border, a few of us would often get together and drive across the border to some little bar or liquor store (the drinking age was 18 in Tennessee in those days; you know, before Uncle Sugar blackmailed everyone into raising it...
  • World-Renowned Physicist Develops Revolutionary Process For Detecting Concealed Explosives

    09/10/2002 10:23:27 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 13 replies · 358+ views
    Former Security Chief Of El Al Airlines Says New Technology Will 'Revolutionize Aviation Security' IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Few people have heard of HiEnergy Technologies, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: HIET) of Irvine, California, but the company's Founder, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Dr. Bogdan Maglich, has been a key player in global scientific circles for half a century. Soon, both he and his latest discovery will make HiEnergy a dominant player in the high stakes aviation security market, a market that industry research predicts will experience compound annual growth of 47 percent, from $600-million in 2002 to $8-billion by...
  • He's Still Ready for His Close-Up

    05/13/2002 3:13:17 PM PDT · by SBeck · 5 replies · 334+ views
    The NY Times ^ | May 13 2002 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    May 12, 2002 He's Still Ready for His Close-Up By DENNIS OVERBYE [A] LBERT EINSTEIN, so the story goes, was playing the violin with a bunch of friends in a chamber group one afternoon, and it wasn't going well. Finally, after several false starts, the conductor turned to him scowling and asked: "Einstein! Can't you count?" It's my favorite Einstein story, simply because I have heard it so many times, invariably recounted by a friend or relative of someone who was there, that I have had to conclude either that conductors bawled him out about once a month, or that...