What is so risky about THF (and how did you destroy it ?)

They'll recommend that we subsidise a state-sponsored European alternative to Google, which will fail.

Don't laugh - they're mad enough to try it.

Such as Quaero, for instance ?

Link here: http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.co... (already included in the summary)

The original paper tells a somewhat different story:

*Importance of religion or spirituality, but not frequency of attendance, was associated with thicker cortices in [various cerebral regions], independent of familial risk.*

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> once you graduate you owe the French state 10 years of your life
The ten years include the duration of the studies (four years, at the Ecole Normale Supérieure). For those who go on to do a PhD, this removes another three years from the ten.

Mod parent up. This is not a microphone, it's a differential hot wire anemometer.

doru writes: *The +You link in Google's main menu yields the following warning: ***Your Browser is no longer supported**. This on Firefox 23, in safe mode (disabled add-ons). Fortunately, there is a workaround: use the full profile number.
Chrome 28 works just fine.

An anonymous reader writes: *Scientists from the University of Hamburg say they have found a way to create and annihilate single skyrmions — small magnetic vortices that occur in a variety of materials — in a manner that corresponds with the writing and deletion of information from a storage device.*

Russia is also a party to the European Convention on Human Rights, so the Strasbourg court can prevent it from extraditing Snowden if he can face the death punishment (less certain about torture, since Russia failed to ratify the relevant protocol). Holder is simply preparing his extradition request to Moscow.

doru writes: *"The Pentagon is interested in mounting 150 kW lasers aboard military aircraft, for defense against rockets and surface-to-air missiles but also for attacking ground targets. These devices are less powerful (but also much lighter) than the 1 MW laser tested in the cancelled Airborne Laser Test Bed program. Tests should begin in 2014."*

doru writes: *Each new mass shooting revives the discussion of gun control and raises the point of the relation between gun possession and gun-related deaths. However, the situation is presumably much more complex. For instance, the number of deaths by firearm is also strongly correlated with the inequality (as quantified by the GINI coefficient). What other parameters might be relevant?*

It is Euclid who proved that there are infinitely many prime numbers. And the proof is not exactly by contradiction (although you might say that it is used at some step). Anyway, he doesn't start by saying "There are only N primes".

The data obtained by two independent experiments (CMS and ATLAS, both at the LHC) is in excellent agreement for the mass of the particle. The results are also coherent with those obtained by two experiments (CDF and D0) based at the Fermilab.
Something *has* been found, with a very high statistical relevance (five sigma level, so there is only a chance in a few million that this is a fluctuation). Whether this something is indeed the Higgs boson as predicted depends on its detailed behaviour, so it will take more time to find out. It does however look like it, or a close relative...

*Notice that no computers where involved in the proof — this is classical mathematical proof involving logical deductions rather than exhaustive search.*

Computers *were* involved to some extent. From Tao's blog:

*The first refinement, which is only available in the five primes case, is to take advantage of the numerical verification of the even Goldbach conjecture up to some large {N_0} (we take {N_0=4\times 10^{14}}, using a verification of Richstein [...])*

. See the paper by Richstein: http://www.ams.org/journals/mcom/2001-70-236/S0025-5718-00-01290-4/S0025-5718-00-01290-4.pdf

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.