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Comment The original paper (Score 1) 529

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.


Submission + - Google+: Browser no longer supported (

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.

Submission + - Gun-related deaths and inequality

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?

Comment It has been reproduced (Score 2) 186

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...

Comment Re:Exhaustive search... (Score 2) 170

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:

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