What is News: Definition and 241 Discussions

News is information about current events. This may be provided through many different media: word of mouth, printing, postal systems, broadcasting, electronic communication, or through the testimony of observers and witnesses to events. News is sometimes called "hard news" to differentiate it from soft media.
Common topics for news reports include war, government, politics, education, health, the environment, economy, business, fashion, and entertainment, as well as athletic events, quirky or unusual events. Government proclamations, concerning royal ceremonies, laws, taxes, public health, and criminals, have been dubbed news since ancient times. Technological and social developments, often driven by government communication and espionage networks, have increased the speed with which news can spread, as well as influenced its content. The genre of news as we know it today is closely associated with the newspaper.

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  1. S

    Other Yahoo! News: Community College units not transferring in California

    There's a news report shown on Yahoo! of community college course credits not accepted for transfer-students to the CSU system schools. (These are schools in California.) https://www.yahoo.com/news/waste-time-community-college-transfers-043010995.html("Other" picked because not sure this...
  2. jedishrfu

    Recent Linux News and Intel Indirect Branch Tracking

    https://www.phoronix.com/news/Linux-IBT-By-Default-Tip IBT is part to Control Flow Integrity strategy/standard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Control-flow_integrity
  3. jim mcnamara

    Apparent death from supplement overdose: news analysis

    A non-technical opinion piece that claims there are many fatal and near-fatal events, ~23000 total, in the US every year -- with regard to supplement consumption/abuse. Additionally, it explains US labeling requirements and available remediation for problems related to supplement usage. Which...
  4. S

    Latest news on US science budget

    Hi everyone! I was wondering if any of you here on PF have heard any news related to the US federal science budget (whether through the NSF, the DOE, etc.). I was curious to see what are some of the research areas that the Biden administration would be promoting, as I haven't heard any news or...
  5. T

    A Unsolved problems in number theory and news about them

    Hello people of physicsforums. Has anyone proved these problems in number theory :Riemann hypothesis, Goldbach conjecture, twin primes conjecture, infinitude of prime numbers? If you want make discussion about them. Thank you for allowing me participate in physicsforums and for wanting to make...
  6. Evo

    Nice news for a change? How to turn back your life 25 years

    If this pans out, it would be nice. I had read FB founder Mark Zuckerberg bought one of these chambers for his wife, but can find nothing about it now, only that Justin Bieber sleeps in one. :rolleyes: https://www.yahoo.com/news/human-ageing-process-biologically-reversed-153921785.html
  7. DaveC426913

    Juvenile Brontosaurus Spotted on Isla Nublar Beaches: A Fascinating Discovery!

    A clutch of juvenile Brontosaurus has been spotted on the beaches of Isla Nublar near Costa Rica.
  8. lomidrevo

    New study about the rise in global sea levels

    Here is the BBC article, I've read today. Conclusion from the original study: This sounds really alarming to me.
  9. jedishrfu

    More Worrisome News of Prion Transmission

    In a recent Scientific American blog article, it was revealed that prions can be transmitted via optical testing equipment and via sterilized surgical equipment: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/artful-amoeba/the-case-for-transmissible-alzheimers-grows/
  10. sophiecentaur

    B Any updates on the first-ever Parker perihelion results?

    The first perihelion of Parker was a while ago now and some data has, apparently, been sent back and presented. But I can't find any information about the data. Does anyone have a link where I can find out some more details about this first-in-history project results?
  11. fresh_42

    News on an NP problem from an Amoeba

    No, joke, I really dreamt somebody has solved the NP=P problem these days. Well, as I didn't dream of the proof, it probably won't matter that I don't remember the outcome. But I never had expected help from this side: https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsos.180396
  12. Borg

    News Stan Lee: A Legend and Visionary in Comics

    Stan Lee passed away today. Rest in Peace and thanks for all the great comics.
  13. BlackholeGirl

    I [Question] Tell me the latest catching news about black holes

    Hello, Thank you for opening this thread. I am strongly interested in the universe, especially black hole. Though I am only eighteen years old, the more I read books about a black hole, the more my interest is getting powerful. Therefore, I want to know the latest and exciting news about...
  14. kyphysics

    What's w/ the news of Earth's magnetics poles about to flip?

    Anyone else seen lots of recent news articles on this? Is it as scary as some portray?
  15. wolram

    Silly news in your daily paper

    This is a place to put your silly news from your daily paper. Today in the Daily Express: Nursery school children as young as three are being give controversial new books which teach them to question whether they are male or female. The toddlers are being exposed to characters who are unsure...
  16. Ygggdrasil

    Semi-synthetic organism with an expanded genetic code

    All life on Earth stores its genetic information in DNA using just four nucleotide letters: A, T, C, and G. Research published this week in the journal Nature describes how scientists engineered a bacterium to incorporate two new letters into their DNA (which they call X and Y, pictured below)...
  17. T

    News Moaning about Google science news section

    I usually read science section in Google news and it's really irritating how lately any time someone "predicts" the world will end they put it on top. But now they really seem to hit the rock bottom. Here's a screenshot and you can see first news is again about "end of the world" although this...
  18. A

    Schools Research sites like MIT News or Scientific American (for a high school student)

    Do you know of any good websites like MIT News or Scientific American where the cutting edge research is shared in as simple way that a high school student can understand?
  19. Dr. Courtney

    "Fake Science News" The Sugar Conspiracy - notable example

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/07/the-sugar-conspiracy-robert-lustig-john-yudkin Lots of important lessons here, for scientists, teachers, and the general public who consumes and often makes personal decisions based on science news.
  20. BL4CKB0X97

    Real Science News: Find Links & Summaries

    Might I suggest using this thread to post links to and/or summaries to real Science news? I am aware need feeds have become flooded with fake scientific discoveries or those that have been taken out of context.
  21. Noisy Rhysling

    Breaking news: Aliens land on Earth. But....

    ...they land on April 1st. Merry confusion ensues.
  22. UsableThought

    Three new books to read about expertise vs. democracy

    Mostly PhysicsForums is about . . . well, physics and its sub-specialities, plus math and so forth. However we have a fair number of threads concerning the role of scientists, science, and critical thinking in a democracy where expertise is unevenly spread, unevenly valued, and often questioned...
  23. UsableThought

    News Does 'pack journalism' shape the science news we read?

    This is old news by now, but having just visited the Christian Science Monitor's rather sparse online site, I thought I would browse their science section, which is even sparser; and came across this story from 2016 about the time that EurekAlert! was hacked. The interesting point to the story...
  24. Evo

    News White House Blocking reputable News agencies

    I don't ever remember anything like this happening. The Whitehouse pushed to get clearance for Breitbart the other day by kicking out CNN and The New York Times, The Associated Press and The Times both boycotted the affair according to sources, which I can't use because it is a political blog...
  25. collinsmark

    News Who is Nils Bildt? Could Fox News be *that* irresponsible?

    Who is Nils Bildt? Could Fox News be that irresponsible? Does an "independent analyst" -- a title anybody could claim -- really qualify him as ”Swedish defense and national security advisor”...
  26. orb_yt

    B Space news and events aggregator app

    Hello PF, I built a small application which I figured some users here may be interested in. The app aggregates news and events in the space industry, allows you to view launch schedules, track the space station, and more. It's called Luna and an early version is available on the Play Store...
  27. ZapperZ

    Insights Fake News and Science Reporting - Comments

    ZapperZ submitted a new PF Insights post Fake News and Science Reporting Continue reading the Original PF Insights Post.
  28. nsaspook

    News What drives the creator of fake news to continue?

    https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/11/23/npr-tracked-down-a-fake-news-creator-in-the-suburbs-heres-what-they-learned/ I'm thinking the financial part is about 99.99% of it.
  29. collinsmark

    Is the Washington Post a Reliable News Source for Political Coverage?

    I want to subscribe to a reputable news source (even if I have to pay). I want a news source that has not abandoned journalistic integrity. I'll still keep my current sources of news (Yahoo!, Google news, NPR, BBC, etc.) but I am now -- out of principle if for no other reason -- feeling like I...
  30. M

    Programs Starting a Nuclear Program, trying to get the news out.

    I'm a student at Purdue University Northwest and we recently started a Nuclear Physics program and I want to help get the news out but I don't know how. Currently I am the only student in the program, but we are trying to grow it. My professor for all things Nuclear is talking to the ANS...
  31. O

    B The news media on 2 trillion galaxies: Confused, or am I?

    Hello. So the last few days there have been articles about how our universe may now contain around 2 trillion galaxies, up from 100-200 billion galaxies that was previously determined. But unfortunately I can't make complete sense of the articles I've read, including the one on NASA's site...
  32. J

    When will JET switch to DT fuel and what is the latest news on the ST40 tokamak?

    http://www.pppl.gov/news/2016/09/pppl-director-stewart-prager-steps-down It appears that Stuart Prager is “stepping down” as director of PPPL. I wish him well. But in the announcement it refers to a “recent technical setback in the NSTX-U facility”. I had not heard previously of this set...
  33. .Scott

    I Debunk these news stories (QM Radar)

    Normally when I cite something, it's to an article I consider credible, but this one is not: http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/research/a22996/china-quantum-stealth-radar/ The specific assertion in question is this paragraph: The article also asserts that Lockheed has patented this...
  34. kyphysics

    News US News: black/white pay gap rising due to discrimination

  35. N

    I V774104: Mysterious Sednoid with No Known Orbit

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V774104 "The discovery was announced at the November 2015". "No astrometry has been submitted to the Minor Planet Center, so there are no publicly known orbital elements". Hmm. This is an interesting object, one of the most distant, possibly only the third-ever...
  36. russ_watters

    Collecting News Fails: How Not to Report on Airplanes

    I often post news fails because the media annoys me, so I think I'll start collecting them into one thread. Here's a doozy I saw today on CNN.com : Here's how this happens: Step 1: Two interesting stories about the Airbus A380 happen in 24 hours, which lends itself to a cluster format, with...
  37. Evo

    News Weird News Compilation

    I'm always finding weird things in the news and thought it might be fun if we all shared odd stories we came across. Please feel free to post odd, funny or unusual stories in this thread. Turns out that Zoobyshoe beat me in posting about this in another thread, so he will officially be known...
  38. S

    Does nature favour cool computations? News from SFI

    Hi everyone. I'm not sure if this should fall under Biology and Medical, or under some other science category, but I found the following news link from the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) website, about analysis by physicist and complex systems researcher David Wolpert, which suggest that imprecise...
  39. kolleamm

    How does an idea or invention end up on the news?

    Let's say you invented something, who would you contact to make it public? Such as appear on yahoo news, or in science news articles? I've been working on a pretty cool robot for several years now and was just thinking that it would be pretty cool if it was shared on news websites. Is it even...
  40. Valerie Park

    Challenge problem: The Cable News

    Homework Statement Given the nature of the title of the problem, I need hints to guide me in the right direction. I am sort of lost. A student has a large quantity of a flexible cable. If she cuts a piece of that cable and hangs it vertically, the longest piece that does not break under its own...
  41. liometopum

    Professor's airplane math leads to flight delay

    This was too funny to not share. Numerous agencies are picking up the story, but just in case:Professor's airplane math leads to flight delay An Ivy League professor said his flight was delayed because a fellow passenger thought the math equations he was writing might be a sign he was a...
  42. gshiggz

    What Makes Accelerator Physicists the Hottest Job in Physics?

    Cool article I thought I'd share http://www.newswise.com/articles/the-hottest-job-in-physics
  43. Math Amateur

    MHB LHC news .... Hints of new particle ....

    News from Nature | News (see Hints of new LHC particle get slightly stronger : Nature News & Comment)" ... ... Hints of a mysterious new particle at the world’s largest particle accelerator just got a little stronger. The excess of photons produced by particle collisions at the Large Hadron...
  44. M

    What are the latest developments in Bosenova and EBC research?

    Peculiar behavior of Bose Einstein Condensates known as Bosenova is known for about 15 years. Any new developments? Can physicists account now for "missing atoms"? Is it a simply collapse & rebound, the latter due perhaps due to disturbances resulting in loss of bosonic structure of collapsing...
  45. T

    Huge news about a huge structure

    I just saw the following news and thought this could have quite an impact on our current models and views of the Universe: The GRBs that make up the newly discovered ring were observed using a variety of space- and ground-based observatories (the sample is listed in the Gamma Ray Burst Online...
  46. Digitalism

    Share & Discuss Random Physics & Math News: Where to Start?

    Sorry, I know this is probably the wrong place to ask this question, but where in this forum can we start threads to share and discuss random physics and math news?
  47. W

    Latest News: Tesla Museum Development in Wardenclyffe, Long Island

    Hello PF - I do not recall seeing this posted before, but they are working to develop a Tesla museum on Long Island - here is the latest news. Graphic is the link...
  48. C

    And now for the latest news from Alpha Centauri

    A new analysis suggests that the orbit of the possible planet around Alpha Centauri B is oriented in such a way that the planet is only 1 to 3 times as massive as Earth. Link: Science.