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Cosmologist claims Universe may not be expanding

Particles' changing masses could explain why distant galaxies appear to be rushing away.

It started with a bang, and has been expanding ever since. For nearly a century, this has been the standard view of the Universe. Now one cosmologist is proposing a radically different interpretation of events — in which the Universe is not expanding at all.

In a paper posted on the arXiv preprint server1, Christof Wetterich, a theoretical physicist at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, has devised a different cosmology in which the Universe is not expanding but the mass of everything has been increasing. Such an interpretation could help physicists to understand problematic issues such as the so-called singularity present at the Big Bang, he says.

Although the paper has yet to be peer-reviewed, none of the experts contacted by Nature dismissed it as obviously wrong, and some of them found the idea worth pursuing. “I think it’s fascinating to explore this alternative representation,” says Hongsheng Zhao, a cosmologist at the University of St Andrews, UK. “His treatment seems rigorous enough to be entertained.”

Full article on Nature.

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When Miss Van and Ciro Schu meet in London

I love Miss Van's work. Great collaborative artwork with Brazilian artist Ciro Schu!

Full article here (Spanish).

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TV Shows

‘The Newsroom’ Season 2 Premiere: How Aaron Sorkin Saved the HBO Drama

'The problem was that Sorkin did too much (pedantic, predictable) telling and not enough showing'

Even though I enjoyed watching Season 1, it wasn’t perfect. Andrew Romano explains it perfectly on The Daily Beast. And apparently, the best is yet to come in Season 2!

The effect is revelatory. Once McAvoy & Co. are no longer forced to serve primarily as mouthpieces for their creator’s political views and mechanisms of his journalistic tsk-tsking, The Newsroom’s virtues, many of which were in place from the beginning, can finally shine through. The dialogue is crisp, chiseled, and often very funny. Characters are undeniably alive, despite their quirks. (Emily Mortimer’s MacKenzie McHale, for example, will still irritate viewers who found her ditziness in Season 1 demeaning.) The acting is (mostly) excellent. Sorkin saved The Newsroom by transforming it from a show about how other journalists were wrong into a show about how his journalists struggle to get it right—and how hard that can be. For those of us who were rooting for the series from the start, this is very good news.

Full article on The Daily Beast.

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Another Earth called a certainty

“There are hundreds of billions of stars in our Milky Way galaxy and upward of 100 billion galaxies in our universe. So the existence of a planet similar to Earth somewhere, is, in my mind a certainty…”

Prof.  Sara Seager, astrophysicist, planetary scientist at MIT.
Full article here.

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Henry Miller on the Mystery of the Universe and the Meaning of Life

“This is the greatest damn thing about the universe. That we can know so much, recognize so much, dissect, do everything, and we can’t grasp it.”

Maria Popova, @brainpicker.
Full article here.

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Nick Kristof, Sheryl Sandberg about Women

I like when things look simple. When you can sum it up in one sentence. But in reality, things look quite different and may need a more balanced approach and not a somewhat oversimplified vision with on one side (quoting Sheryl Sandberg in Nick Kristof‘s article: She’s (Rarely) the Boss) ‘women who don’t aggressively pursue opportunities‘ and on the other side ‘[women who] continue to do the majority of the housework and child care‘. Women don’t necessarily have to be power hungry nor desperate housewives. Now let’s take a deeper look at this article. Kristof is at the 2013 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, and he has no choice but to state the obvious: ‘This year, female participation is 17 percent‘. And he’s not surprised since ‘In America, only 17 percent of American Fortune 500 board seats are held by women, a mere 3 percent of board…Read more

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama’s election: Free at last? (2)

President Barack Obama wins a second term. Barack Obama had been re-elected and his re-election has been celebrated around the world. Even in France, Tom McGrath, president of Republicans Abroad France, says: “It’s clear that if they could vote, Europe would vote 80 per cent for Obama.” Four more years. Whether this is a good or a bad news is yet to be fully seen, but in my opinion, it may be the best of all considering the many challenges Obama is already facing in his next term. In 2009, a few days after Inauguration Day, I wrote on Obama’s election. Almost four years later, if some things have positively changed, a lot still remains to be done. Below is the post I published three years ago and I wouldn’t change a word…   Martin Luther King Jr. holds a special place in my life. When I was at school…Read more

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Smart Sports Bra can detect breast cancer

October 2012 is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Mammography Day was yesterday. Needless to say this article published on Mashable last week is of high interest although a bit geeky. According to the article: First Warning Systems‘ Breast Tissue Screening Bra is like a continuous monitoring system for breast cancer that could be more effective than mammograms. CNET reports that a sensor in the bra measures cell temperature changes associated with blood vessel growth that feeds tumors. Pattern recognition software then processes this data and helps to identify changes that could signal a developing tumor. In clinical trials with 650 women, the smart bra has been able to detect the presence of tumors 6 years before traditional imaging systems can. It also showed a 92.1% level of accuracy at correctly classifying them, which is much higher than routine mammograms (70%). Sounds great, isn’t it? First Warning Systems plans…Read more

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Watch a water droplet bounce in ultra-slow-motion

Slow motion reveals so many things we actually don’t -can’t- see with our own eyes. Have you ever watched a water droplet bounce in ultra-slow-motion? You’d be surprised! strainoff, who made this video, explains: ‘Near the end of this clilp, you can see waves entering from the lower right. I think these are reflections of a low frequency sloshing modes set up by the initial droplet. The smallest droplet bounces off these waves and start moving off to the side. In any case it is pretty cool.’ Pretty cool indeed. Watch the video below!  

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‘The American dream has become a myth’

In this times of crisis in Europe, many people still believe in the so-called American Dream. But according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz in a recent interview with Der Spiegel, they shouldn’t. Stiglitz says the finance industry is to blame for the growing divide between the rich and poor in the United States, and he accuses the industry of preying on the poor and buying government policies that help them get richer. Interview from Der Spiegel: SPIEGEL: Professor Stiglitz, how do you expect the next President of the United States to tackle the problem of unequal distribution of wealth? Stiglitz: First, he has to recognize that there is a problem at all. Watching inequality grow is like watching the grass grow. You don’t see it happening day by day, but over a period of time it becomes visible. SPIEGEL: What is the scale this inequality? Stiglitz: In the last…Read more

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Tesla says it will be profitable by December

I know, last month I talked about cars in Fast cars and Hollywood stars. I love powerful, stylish cars but most of all, I like them ‘green’. And the good news is, these cars sell well and Tesla will even be profitable by December, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Charlie White posted on Mashable: Is electric car maker Tesla a “loser” company, as presidential candidate Mitt Romney charged in Wednesday’s debate? In a blog post written a few hours before the debate, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said no — the company will in fact be profitable by the end of next month. Musk felt journalists and analysts were reading too much into the company’s forecast last week of slower manufacturing of its Model S sedan (pictured above), and says he thought the press also misinterpreted the reason why the company wanted to raise an additional $150 million. While the financial…Read more

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Skwak launches SNEAKYMOB lifestyle boutiques in China

I love everything French artist Skwak does. So much I have created a Skwak tag on this blog. I bought several of his toys and plushes, I downloaded his app on my iPhone, but I’m still looking for the umbrella (I don’t use umbrella but this one I might). From Jeremy Brautman’s Blog ‘Jeremyriad’ (including picture below): ‘Partnering with Chinese entrepreneur, Tye Chen, SKWAK launched SNEAKYMOB, a pair of lifestyle boutiques in Shanghai and Chengdu […] SKWAK designed a range of graphic and character merchandise including shirts, denim, hats, housewares, textiles, furniture and there’s even colorful SNEAKYMOB wristbands…’ I’m glad for Skwak’s fans from China but what about the ones in Europe, France?

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LEGO Dr. Strangelove (video)

I have a special connection with the movie Dr. Strangelove. I explain why on Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned The Power Of Satire. I also use to play a lot with LEGO. So yesterday, when I saw this article on BoingBoing, I had some kind of an epiphany… Using LEGO and pure genius, YouTuber XXxOPRIMExXX created this amazing stop-motion homage to the great Stanley Kubrick film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.  The project was originally uploaded in 2010, but YouTube blocked part of it over copyright claims. “I had to take out the famous scene of Slim Pickens riding the bomb and the nuclear holocaust credits to have this video viewable because those scenes were taken directly from the movie,” the auteur laments. “I was hoping to have the Slim Pickens scene done in Lego by now but I just never…Read more

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Fast cars and Hollywood stars

Sometimes you read CNN and an article catches your attention. It happened recently with Fast cars and Hollywood stars. Al Satterwhite is a long-time photographer who has shot for major publications and corporate clients alike. Satterwhite’s latest project, “The Racers” is a limited edition printed edition as well as a digital book stemming from his coverage of endurance racing for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek and Life magazine between 1963 and 1973, along with personal effects from his career. Satterewhite caught the racing bug early in his career while he was still in high school, he said. “After that I was hooked,” and dabbled in racing himself. Satterwhite captured racing greats like Jacky Ickx, Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney. Television and movie stars such as Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and James Garner were also part of the scene. One of my favorite photography is the one of Bob Holbert driving a…Read more

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The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

I read a lot about the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands dispute but it’s hard to fully understand what this dispute really is about. Hopefully, Nick Kristof published on his blog On The Ground, an article written by Han-Yi Shaw is a Research Fellow at the Research Center for International Legal Studies, National Chengchi University, in Taipei, Taiwan. ‘Japan’s recent purchase of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands has predictably reignited tensions amongst China, Japan, and Taiwan. Three months ago, when Niwa Uichiro, the Japanese ambassador to China, warned that Japan’s purchase of the islands could spark an “extremely grave crisis” between China and Japan, Tokyo Governor Ishihara Shintaro slammed Niwa as an unqualified ambassador, who “needs to learn more about the history of his own country”. The Japanese government maintains that the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands are Japanese territory under international law and historical point of view and has repeatedly insisted that no dispute exists. Despite that…Read more

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