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  1. humanino

    MRI bill question

    Dear PFers, The hospital gave us a $12k bill for one MRI (head with contrast). The people I talked to at the hospital tell me that they do not know whether this is a fair price, which I find suspicious. The same procedure in France costs $300. As I am unsure what to do, I would appreciate...
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    Not so fast after all

    I came here thinking you would already be discussing. It is a just a rumor, but don't we love them ? Let us keep an eye, or an ear, on what will hopefully come out soon. http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/02/breaking-news-error-undoes-faster.html?ref=hp [Broken] Faster-than-light...
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    A Slant on Warped Extra Dimensions

    I often read claims that string theory cannot possibly break Lorentz invariance. Whether people have feedback right now, or for future reference, I would like to open a thread on the following paper. A Slant on Warped Extra Dimensions
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    Running of the weak coupling

    Dear all, would anybody know of references regarding experimental constraints on the running of the weak coupling ? This running is rather slow, and I guess we do not have evidence one way or the other, but since the SM and the MSSM have opposite slopes, I'd like to see what kind of...
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    What should I do with my old car

    It did not pass inspection, because of frame damage. I think we bought it with the frame damage, two years ago. Last year, it passed inspection in a gas station. This year we decided to have the inspection in a garage, partly because we were wondering why we need alignment so often. Now we know...
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    Maps of the globe

    I'd like to play with creating maps, as plane representations of the globe. I know a lot has been done, and I even considered buying some online, but at least for fun I'd like to compute my own projections, be able to tune them at will. So I would basically need a correspondence coordinate <->...
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    News Taxing Banks for the Bailout

    Obama Calls for Bank Tax to Recoup Bailout I'd be interested to read people's opinion. I especially do not understand the following comment Thank you in advance for sharing thoughts.
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    News Sarah Palin found something useful to do

    Murdoch appointed her as news analyst on Fox. I guess not everybody will find this hilarious, but I do.
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    Tevatron Higgs searches

    After improving their statistics and analysis, the Tevatron gets a narrower exclusion range for the Higgs boson mass Combined CDF and D0 Upper Limits on Standard Model Higgs-Boson Production with 2.1 - 5.4 fb-1 of Data I am unsure how Alain Connes feels now. I have difficulties to understand...
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    NuTeV anomaly : evidence for in-medium nucleon modification

    NuTeV "anomaly" : evidence for in-medium nucleon modification Dear HEP folks, maybe some of you have missed it : Isovector EMC Effect and the NuTeV Anomaly From http://www.jlab.org/news/releases/2009/NuTeV.html [Broken]
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    So-called radiative corrections

    Hi all, is anybody familiar with (QED for simplicity) radiative corrections for absolute cross section measurements in lepton (electron) DIS, or SIDIS, or exclusive reactions ? I'd be glad if someone can brainstorm even on elastic cross section. I think I understand they are fairly different...
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    Universe electric charge

    Dear cosmologists, how do we know the total electric charge of the Universe ? For instance the matter-antimatter asymmetry was a part in (say) 10 billions. But gravity is 40 order of magnitude less intense than electromagnetism, so I need an asymmetry 30 orders of magnitude less for electrical...
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    Study says nearly every species of animal engages in homosexual behavior

    I'm not sure if I should post this in the politics part of the forum. I found in an excellent source of information claims that dolphins, penguins, frogs and birds engages in homosexual behavior. I was wondering what remains of the argument that homosexuality is against Nature, such as, for...
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    News Who will turn the dark and painful page ?

    Who will turn the "dark and painful" page ? How can it be considered acceptable not to punish torture ? Does Obama think we will just forget ? Is he not concerned that some might forget and do it again ? I am outraged and deeply disappointed...
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    Scientific honesty

    Dear PFers, I remember once reading of an article on scientific honesty, maybe it was in SciAm. Individuals passionate with science, making up a significant portion of the research community, may picture challenge as stimulating or even exciting. It is a great deal of pleasure when you...
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    Point masses in GR

    Dear relativists, I have problems trying to understand the following statement in Forces from Connes' geometry I would appreciate if somebody with a better understanding of GR could elaborate. I know there is no proper general local definition of gravitational energy but I always had...
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    News Hamas and Fatah agree again

    It's pretty good news, finally. Palestinian reconciliation talks kick off in Cairo
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    Presidents and their approaches to science

    When I said I want to become american, I was serious. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ttl0t4zmj4&eurl I realize you may not care very much.
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    News What is wrong with Israel ?

    Can someone explain me why - Israel would bomb a water well, upon which the survival of innocent lives relies ? - Israel would forbid plastic remplacement pieces for those wells to cross the borders ? Plastic cannot be melt to built weapons. As the days, the weeks, and the years go along, I...
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    Cheese and Wine delights

    :surprised I will have to come over with french smelly cheese then :devil: I have a good bottle of yellow wine 1995 here
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    A simple presentation of an exceptionally simple TOE

    If you always wanted to understand how we discover new particle, Garrett Lisi gave a delightful presentation at TED of his works : A beautiful new theory of everything
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    News France, a country caring about human rights

    France accused in Rwanda genocide This story is really part of a bigger one, where magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguière accused Paul Kagamé (current president) and his entourage of involvement in the death of the former president, Juvenal Habyarimana, a Hutu. Maybe the ICC can help ? :devil:
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    News Who wants a house in Beijing ?

    Beijing is a great place to live, with the olympic games coming, the historical sites... Why would local residents be unhappy and protest ? Because they have been evicted from their homes, soon to be demolished. Beijing residents stage protest over Olympic eviction
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    Buddhas of Bamyan

    The destruction of the two monumental statues of standing Buddhas of Bamyan by Mullah Mohammed Omar and the Taliban government in 2001 was internationally considered a cultural tragedy. Only recently did I learn that in 2004, Japanese researchers stumbled across what is now confirmed to be the...
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    News International Criminal Court

    What is the position of the US with respect to the International Criminal Court ?
  26. humanino

    New search engine

    It has semantic capabilities. http://www.cuil.com/ [Broken]. From http://www.cuil.com/info/management/ [Broken]
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    News Iran and capital punishment

    Iran has executed 29 convicts I find it interesting that in some countries, death penalty is consistently broadcasted in a large media coverage, and not done in secret without anybody hearing about it. Please understand that I am against capital punishment, but understand a democracy which...
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    News Libya vs Switzerland

    Would you guys mind to provide oil for Switzerland ?
  29. humanino

    Install Ubuntu on MacBook

    Hi, I recently moved to the Mac family. I have so far been very happy, adapted pretty well to the fancy colors and the environment is not so strange anymore, but it's true that I miss Linux. So, would you think it makes sense to install a dual boot with Ubuntu ? Did anybody here do that...
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    Tossing a coin 3 times ?

    Hi, It is often frustrating when tossing a coin if there is just one tossing and it's over. Let's say, Nicolas and George toss a coin and are after two given configurations, each his own. Nicolas likes the configuration Head-Tail-Tail. George chooses Head-Tail-Head. Whenever they argue, they...
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