Gerald Geralnik, one of the leading pioneers in the theory of mass that led to the discovery of the "God Particle," recently passed away of a heart attack in Providence, R.I., at the age of 77.
Geralnik was one of six physicists who, in the 1960's, co-authored one of three research papers that sought to explain how particles acquire mass. Geralnik's research was later used to discover the Higgs boson, or "God Particle," considered to be a fundamental building block of the universe.
The "God Particle," in its simplest explanation, enables other particles in the universe to acquire mass, therefore allowing atoms and life to exist. Although Geralnik and other physicists introduced the general concept of this theory in the 1960's, their idea was later confirmed using a multi-billion dollar machine, the Large Haldron Colider, to smash atoms into their most fundamental stages. more >>
While more than half of Americans are skeptical of the Big Bang theory, only a quarter question that there is a creator, according to an Associated Press poll.
The poll also found that a sizable minority question evolution, global warming and whether the earth is billions of years old.
The AP poll asked participants to rate their confidence on several statements relating to medicine and science. Fifty-one percent of surveyed Americans said they are "not too/not at all confident" that "the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang." Only 25 percent expressed skepticism that "the universe is so complex, there must be a supreme being guiding its creation." more >>
An evangelical Christian scientist has been named one of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world for her work with the environment and advocacy for action on climate change.
"I am honored to be included in the TIME 100 list," Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, scientific adviser to the Evangelical Environmental Network and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University, said after the announcement.
"Even more so, I am encouraged to see climate change emerging as an urgent concern. With 97 percent of climate scientists agreeing that climate change is happening due to the choices people make every day, I am a spokesperson with one principal goal – to bring public awareness to the simple truth that the scientific debate is over, and now it's time for all of us to take action. I'm grateful to TIME for bringing further visibility to my work and to everyone who is standing up to climate change around the world," she added. more >>
WASHINGTON--A researcher with the Family Research Council considers euthanasia an "up-and-coming" issue for the pro-life movement in the United States.
Arina O. Grossu, director for the FRC's Center for Human Dignity, discussed euthanasia and the societal impact of laws that legalize physician-assisted suicide in the U.S. and Europe during a presentation titled, "The State of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in the U.S."
In an interview with The Christian Post at the conservative organization's headquarters Wednesday, Grossu said she believes euthanasia is a matter of life issue and one that should get more attention, akin to the abortion debate. more >>
This Desert Rain Frog is so little and so adorable that it makes you want to take it home with you. Its call is a high-pitched squeal that's as sympathetically appealing as any weaning puppy's whimper. But man is it weird looking.
It seems like the billowing blow-back from the effort of making those sounds puts the wee frog off-balance. And more than that, it's hard to see how its unwieldy bloated torso would allow him to move. Is he calling to his friends to bring a tiny wagon so that they can pull him around inside?more >>
Bill Nye "The Science Guy" opened up about his February debate with Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham, noting that he agreed to do it because he felt it was an opportunity to express why he finds the views of Ham and his supporters to be "bad for humankind."
"I held strongly to the view that it was an opportunity to expose the well-intending Ken Ham and the support he receives from his followers as being bad for Kentucky, bad for science education, bad for the U.S., and thereby bad for humankind-I do not feel I'm exaggerating when I express it this strongly," Nye, who is also the CEO of science-advocacy group The Planetary Society, wrote in the May/June 2014 volume for The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
The debate in question was held at the Creation Museum in Kentucky on Feb. 4, and was watched online by an estimated 3 million people. Nye argued in favor of evolution, while Ham defended a literal interpretation of the Genesis account in the Bible. more >>