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Comment Re:Matter/antimatter annihilation (Score 1) 133

No, it's the "NEARLY" equal amounts that's the key here. There was a slight surplus of "regular" matter vs. antimatter, & this minuscule surplus is what we have today. Matter & antimatter annihilate each other on contact (or, rather, just turn into so many high-energy photons), so the antimatter presumably went rather quickly, almost immediately after it was formed. There might still be some antimatter floating around, but only in infinitesimal amounts & produced very recently. Scientifically, this slight surplus of matter vs. antimatter is quite interesting. Why should there be? And if there is an inequality, why should it be such a small proportion, rather than, say, twice as much (or 10^9 as much) matter vs. antimatter? There might be some notions on this, but I don't keep up on this stuff.

Comment Re:Bullshit. (Score 2) 564

A measly 5 percentage points from "shoving religion into classes nationwide"? You're making the EXTREMELY questionable assumption that "the know-nothings and American Taliban (dominionists, christian reconstructionists, etc) " are: (a) near, if not in excess of, 51% of the voters, & (b) unified & organized enough to pursue a common agenda. As best as I can tell, the largest & best-organized religion in the US is the Roman Catholic Church, which is a little above 20% of the population, & has no beef either with evolution or the value of pi. The fundamentalists are largely in the Evangelical Protestant wing of Christianity, which is much more given to being a bunch of independent congregations, & not necessarily united beyond a few general doctrinal principles. And, despite the best efforts of the last 40 years, school curricula are still largely determined at the state or local levels; your illusory "dominionists" wouldn't be able to advance their doctrines too far, even if they do take over the US Department of Education. And, given the suspicion & resentment many Christian fundamentalists have to the national government, their first reactions might be to gut those federal programs anyway, making it quite difficult for anyone to easily achieve dominance over the nation's schools.

The First Photograph of a Human 138

wiredog writes "The Atlantic has a brief piece on what is likely to be the first photograph (a daguerreotype) showing a human. From the article: 'In September, Krulwich posted a set of daguerreotypes taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter in Cincinnati 162 years ago, on September 24, 1848. Krulwich was celebrating the work of the George Eastman House in association with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Using visible-light microscopy, the George Eastman House scanned several plates depicting the Cincinnati Waterfront so that scholars could zoom in and study the never-before-seen details.'"

The Bomb Squad Olympiad Starts Today 43

The bomb suit relay and the robot obstacle course are just two of the events you can enjoy at the Bomb Squad Olympiad. Over the next three days squads from across South Carolina will compete and showcase their bomb defusing capabilities for the public. I hear the deep fried dynamite is especially good.

The Proton Just Got Smaller 289

inflame writes "A new paper published in Nature has said that the proton may be smaller than we previously thought. The article states 'The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. But the new measurements could mean that there is a gap in existing theories of quantum mechanics. "It's a very serious discrepancy," says Ingo Sick, a physicist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who has tried to reconcile the finding with four decades of previous measurements. "There is really something seriously wrong someplace."' Would this indicate new physics if proven?"

Scientists Use Sex-Crazed Bugs As Pesticide 107

ByronScott writes "In today's 'gross news' category, some female insects just might be getting lucky. As an alternative to toxic pesticides, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have created 'super-sexed' sterilized male leafhoppers to knock bug boots with females in the wild, resulting in decreased populations. Yes, that means that the female bugs will miss out on the joys of motherhood, but the idea that the insects will be having some fun instead of being gassed to death by poisons is pretty cool."

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