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Bless You: What nosey scientists have unearthed about the secrets of sneezing

“ACHOO” is more than just the sound made when sneezing; it is actually the acronym for the Autosomal-dominant Compelling Helio-Opthalmic Outburst syndrome, in which one sneezes upon sudden exposure to bright light. When people think of sneezing, the most common causes people relate it to are colds or irritations in the nose, such as pepper.  This is logical, considering the function of a sneeze (also known as a sternutation) – to cleanse the nasal passages by expelling foreign particles through Read more…

Will Copenhagen Count?

The impending Climate Change Conference that is scheduled to start December 7th in Copenhagen has created quite a stir internationally. With over 190 nations planning to attend (almost every nation in the world will be represented), along with various non-governmental organizations, the United Nations has raised the stakes concerning global climate change. Unfortunately, the barrage of references to the gathering in Denmark has allowed the public to tune out mentions of the meeting as simply white noise. Ironically, the media Read more…

ALICE Experiment

Of the six detectors being constructed at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), one is A Large Ion Collider Experiment (ALICE), a specialized detector for heavy ion physics.  Scientists hope ALICE will be key in solving the mystery of the origin of matter. All matter is composed of atoms, consisting of a core nucleus made up of protons and neutrons. These are formed by quarks held together by gluons. ALICE will utilize a solenoid magnet to produce a magnetic field that Read more…

Science Grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

This paper discusses President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which aims to provide Americans with a $787 billion stimulus package. Designed to boost a deteriorating economy and allocate hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax cuts and social welfare provisions, the act also provides ample funding in the areas of energy and scientific research.  With grants such as the “Solar Market Transformation” and “Transportation Electrification,” the act strives to steer the U.S. economy towards a Read more…

About LIGO - The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory

In the past, many experiments involving particle collisions and quantum phenomena have been generally associated with the results of high energy particle accelerators, the most famous ones including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Tevatron at Fermilab.  Yet, a groundbreaking experiment by astrophysicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and California Institute of Technology seeks to use the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) to detect the radiation of “gravity waves”.  If Read more…

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