Manuel Behrendt

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Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

The World's Largest Solar Farm

Shine bright like a solar panel<p>In February, the Ivanpah Solar Electricity Generating System opened over a 3,500-acre stretch of the Mojave Desert. The solar thermal farm operates at 392 megawatts—just under 1 percent of California’s total energy production, or enough to power 140,000 homes.<p>The …

Gender Imbalance in Academic Science

Women are underrepresented in the top ranks of academic science, but they attend grad school in equal numbers as men. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to science correspondent Joe Palca about the disparity.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Science has …

APOD: Illustris Simulation of the Universe (2014 May 12) Video Credit: Illustris Collaboration, NASA, PRACE, XSEDE, MIT, Harvard CfA; Music: The Poisoned Princess (Media Right Productions) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140512.html Note: Today's APOD is a video so please be sure to click the above link to view it. Explanation: How did we get here? Click play, sit back, and watch. A new computer simulation of the evolution of the universe -- the largest and most sophisticated yet produced -- provides new insight into how galaxies formed and new perspectives into humanity's place in the universe. The Illustris project -- the largest of its type yet -- exhausted 20 million CPU hours following 12 billion resolution elements spanning a cube 35 million light years on a side as it evolved over 13 billion years. The simulation is the first to track matter into the formation of a wide variety of galaxy types. As the virtual universe evolves, some of the matter expanding with the universe soon gravitationally condenses to form filaments, galaxies, and clusters of galaxies. The above video takes the perspective of a virtual camera circling part of this changing universe, first showing the evolution of dark matter, then hydrogen gas coded by temperature (0:45), then heavy elements such as helium and carbon (1:30), and then back to dark matter (2:07). On the lower left the time since the Big Bang is listed, while on the lower right the type of matter being shown is listed. Explosions (0:50) depict galaxy-center supermassive black holes expelling bubbles of hot gas. Interesting discrepancies between Illustris and the real universe do exist and are being studied, including why the simulation produces an overabundance of old stars. http://www.illustris-project.org/people/ http://www.nasa.gov/ http://www.prace-ri.eu/ https://www.xsede.org/ http://web.mit.edu/physics/people/faculty/vogelsberger_mark.html http://www.cfa.harvard.edu/ http://www.mediarightproductions.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140512 #APOD

Dark matter and drugs | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics

A critique of a recent dark matter 'hint' provides a CoGeNT argument for open data<p>Dark matter is an enduring and exciting puzzle in physics. Multiple astrophysical observations give really strong evidence that most of the matter out there in the universe is invisible – or, more precisely, only …

Most detailed view yet of Milky Way’s magnetic fields

A new map of the entire sky offers a remarkably detailed picture of the magnetic fields that shape the Milky Way, including field lines that run …

Most detailed view yet of Milky Way’s magnetic fields

Researchers have created a new map of the Milky Way’s magnetic fingerprint, the magnetic fields that shape our galaxy.<p>A new map of the entire sky …