Monthly Archives: October 2013

LUX Rules Out Previous Dark Matter Results

The LUX dark matter search experiment announced its first results this morning, almost totally ruling out previous experiments that had evidence for dark matter particles at low mass. LUX had expected 1550 dark matter events if the other detections were … Continue reading

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A Criticism of Los Angeles’ Lack of Upgrades to Earthquake Vulnerable Buildings

The Los Angeles Times has had a great series of articles on the existence of 1,500 pre-1971 concrete buildings that may be without rebar that was required after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. This number was just an informal survey of … Continue reading

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Getting Value for Student Loans: Comments by the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

This morning I caught Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, addressing the National Press Club on CSPAN 3.  Among other topics, he said that the Government was supplying $150 billion a year in educational grants and loans.  He said both the … Continue reading

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Wealth 2013

Normally, I would resist commenting on wealth, but I love numbers, and there has just been a wealth of data released on wealth. We start with Forbes Magazine, which lists 1426 world-wide billionaires, with a net worth of $5.4 trillion … Continue reading

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Surprising Non-Democratic Examples of Redistricting

I wanted to present some simple cases of theoretical redistricting, to find out how undemocratic the results can be. The assumptions are that every voter is in one or the other of two political parties, red (R) or blue (B), … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize for Physics 2013 to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert

Congratulations to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert for receiving the Physics Nobel Prize of 2013, for proposing the Higgs Boson that was announced at the LHC at CERN on July 4, 2012. Francois Englert and Peter Higgs at the Higgs … Continue reading

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The World of the Higgs – A Talk by Dennis Silverman

I am giving talks called The World of the Higgs to two groups, one at OLLI Cal State University Fullerton on Oct. 10 at 12:30 PM, and the next at OLLI UC Irvine, on Oct. 11 at 1 PM.  The link above … Continue reading

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US Contributions to the LHC at CERN that Discovered the Higgs Particle

Symmetry magazine just had an article on the US contribution to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva.  The LHC is the colliding proton rings that discovered the Higgs Boson that was announced on July 4, 2012. Of the 6000 … Continue reading

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