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The Largest Ever Clinical Study on Vitamin D Shows We're Wrong About Its Benefits

"We have created another pseudo-disease."<p>We are still in love with vitamins a century after they were discovered, with half the US and UK population …

Wellness

When Bayes, Ockham, and Shannon come together to define machine learning

A beautiful idea, which binds together concepts from statistics, information theory, and philosophy.IntroductionIt is somewhat surprising that among …

Machine Learning

Get ready for atomic radio - MIT Technology Review

The basic design of the radio antenna hasn’t changed in a century. The antenna is usually a set of metal rods roughly half the size of the wavelength …

Quantum Physics

A resignation from FP

FP is going through some changes. This is one of them. It’s also, I think, a beautifully written reflection on some of the problems of online culture.

Thing you didn’t know about the Aussie map

And, if you’ve ever stared quizzically at a map of our massive nation, you’ll have noticed how straight and strongly defined our state’s borders are …

A Genius Microscopy Method Just Set a Record in Imaging Individual Atoms

Whoa.<p>Electron microscopes have been capable of taking snapshots of individual atoms for nearly half a century. But we've never seen anything quite on …

How many neutrons can you cram into an atom? More than physicists thought

Physicists in Japan have blasted out the heaviest calcium nuclei ever seen—each containing the 20 protons needed to make the element, but with a huge …

New Technology Allows Ground Telescope to Take Sharper Images Than Hubble

Adaptive optics is the future of astronomy.<p>In 1610, Galileo used a telescope to discover the four largest moons of Jupiter, and for more than two hundred years the only way to get a better look at the night sky was to build a bigger telescope. In the 19th century, astronomers began hauling …

How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus

Follow @ThePoachedEgg How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesusby Sarah Irving-StonebrakerI grew up in Australia, in a loving, …

Mapping the Incarnation: How the Christian Narrative Makes Sense of our World

<i>Alister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford.</i><p>I always wanted to align my life with what was true. …

Suffering can be just as important as joy

In 1826, at the age of 20, John Stuart Mill sank into a suicidal depression, which was bitterly ironic, because his entire upbringing was governed by …

New South African Telescope Releases Epic Image of the Galactic Center

You’re looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness.<p>Scientists …

Review: Elizabeth Johnson on how to atone for Anselm

This year marks the end of Elizabeth Johnson’s formal teaching career. She retired this spring after 27 years at Fordham University. And while it is …

A New Kind of Photosynthesis Has Been Discovered, Pushing The Limits on Life

Our living world is just incredible.<p>A type of chlorophyll discovered just a few years ago is pushing the limits of photosynthesis and the role this …

Is Theoretical Physics Wasting Our Best Living Minds On Nonsense?

The history of physics is filled with great ideas that you’ve heard of, like the Standard Model, the Big Bang, General Relativity, and so on. But it’s also filled with brilliant ideas that you probably haven’t heard of, like the Sakata Model, Technicolor theory, the Steady State Model, and Plasma …

'Baseload Is Poison' And 5 Other Lessons From Germany's Energy Transition

Baseload power is not the answer to the variability of renewable energy, a German energy official said Friday, and energy storage may not be the answer either.<p>Germany has achieved moments in its <i>Energiewende</i>, or Energy Transition, in which renewables met 100 percent of demand without the aid of …

No Planet Nine? Collective gravity might explain weird orbits at solar system’s edge

Astronomers have been searching for a Planet Nine – a world about 10 times Earth’s mass – for about 2 years and have yet to spot it. Maybe there’s …

Farmers may cultivate better gut microbes than nearby city dwellers

But ideal flora could vary based on where you live.<p>We rarely give much thought to the bacteria that take up residence in our guts. It’s hard not to forget creatures you can’t see or interact with. Despite their discreteness, researchers have come to understand that as a whole, these microbes do a …

Microbiology

Cost plunges for capturing carbon dioxide from the air

Pulling carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and using it to make synthetic fuel seems like the ultimate solution to climate change: Instead of adding …

3DFS’s technology for electricity could double the efficiency of the power grid - Vox

An “operating system” for power could double the efficiency of the grid.<p>A great deal of the electricity in the United States goes to waste.<p>Much is lost in the initial generation of electricity. And much is lost through the use of inefficient devices, like incandescent light bulbs that heat up a …

Breast Cancer

Storm's coming: New technique for simulation of extreme weather events

Japanese researcher at Kanazawa University creates new method to improve ensemble simulation of extreme weather events, such as typhoons, under …

There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.

Scientists seek a single description of reality. But modern physics allows for many different descriptions, many equivalent to one another, connected …

These Physicists Watched a Clock Tick for 14 Years Straight

Bijunath Patla’s experiment sounds like a real bore: Gather 12 of the most accurate clocks around the world, and watch them tick. It’s like a …

Water Has More Than One Type of Molecule, And That's Even Stranger Than We Thought

Scientists have finally managed to separate them.<p>Not that you could tell by looking at it, but the glass of water sitting on your desk contains two …

What's the Absolutely Amazing Theory of Almost Everything?

The Standard Model. What a dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings.<p>More than a quarter of the Nobel Prizes in physics …

Protons

The Poetry of Liturgy

I TELL THE STUDENTS in my theology classes that every choice of art in worship opens up and closes down possibilities for the formation of our …

United Methodist

Richard Dawkins’ “Bible Whoppers” Are the “Delusion”

This is one of four critiques of the book, <i>The God Delusion</i> (New York / Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006), by perhaps the world’s best-known …

New Testament

Physics Needs Philosophy. Philosophy Needs Physics.

Contrary to claims about the irrelevance of philosophy for science, I argue that philosophy has had, and still has, far more influence on physics …

Physics

Protons Contain 10 Times More Pressure Than a Neutron Star, According to First-Ever Measurement

But they're so tiny!<p>In what was once thought to be an impossible task, for the first time physicists have put a figure on the pressure inside a …

Physics