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Last week, a huge scandal rocked the Tunisian and Arab scientific and educational world: a PhD student submitted a thesis declaring Earth to be flat, unmoving, young (only 13,500 years of age), and the centre of the universe. A new virtual reality technology promises to change the way firefighters safely train and prepare for particularly dangerous situations in the line of duty. Some researchers say the Babylonians invented trigonometry—and did it better. If ‘cold shutdown’ holds at Daiichi (the winter will be the next stress test on the makeshift cooldown system) there’s a better future for Fukushima, though there are no guarantees.

We have about half the picture now,” said Jefferson Project Director Rick Relyea. Such close encounters can dislodge these loosely orbiting comets, sending them hurtling into the solar system, risking a collision course with the Earth, researchers said. In 2 years the LHC should reach its design objective of 14 TeV collisions a little later than planned.

The new Mother Of All Colliders at CERN uses a sledge hammer to smash a mosquito to get one Higgs. Though it will take more analysis and more experimental data and maybe even a new cleaner very high energy electron-positron collider to find out. Government takes back reserves amassed by the Italian Institute of Technology.

Even so, there are mountains of interesting data that rush out so fast, the events have to be computer modeled if we want to see anything remotely like the original events. But don’t hold your breath for the probiotic that will lift your mood , says freelance science writer and author Mo Costandi.science in the newsscience in the news

Gimme the big toot-toot ones you engineers said after the boom-boom-boom, when everything has got to be cooled down as cold as space. The retraction by Science of a study of changing attitudes on gay marriage is the latest in a growing number of prominent withdrawals of the results of studies from scientific literature.science in the news