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Achintya Rao
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LOL my first name is Franc, i spent the first two years of my high school correcting Frank
Franc is from my first official name Franciscus but sounds like Frank.
Not as "bad" as yours though :)
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The strong force binds quarks together to form hadrons. Until last Monday, only two types of hadron were known, but the LHCb experiment at CERN has just proved there is a third way
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In fact this isn't , just, a ``third'' or ``fourth'' way. It's simply possible to create bound states of quarks, held by the strong force. These are hadrons, of course. The non-trivial constraint, that comes from confinement, is that the state be color neutral (a ``color singlet''). One way is with 2 quarks (these are called mesons); another is with 3 quarks (these are called ``baryons''); but, of course, it's possible to make bound states of mesons (this contains four quarks, hence, ``tetraquark''), one example of which has been discovered-and so on.
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Rebirth of the SSC? WOW!

"… a group of US physicists from Texas A&M University and Michigan State University is now proposing to wrestle back the energy frontier by constructing a huge accelerator in the US.

"In a paper posted on the arXiv preprint server today, the researchers outline plans to use the partly constructed tunnel of the axed Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) just outside Dallas, Texas. Conceived in 1983, the SSC was to be the next big particle collider with a circumference of 87 km and a maximum collision energy of 40 TeV."
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Hello. Greetings from Cologne. I hope you are doing fine and feeling good. All the best :-) Your Olivier
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Here's something I wrote:

Nuclear and electron spins in a quantum wire may spontaneously form an ordered state at very low temperatures, according to work recently carried out by an international team of physicists. The team was studying the conductance of gallium-arsenide quantum wires and discovered that, at temperatures of 0.1 K and lower, the conductance of the wires dropped below the universal quantized value. This reduced quantization is explained using a theoretical model that proposes that the nuclear and electron spins order themselves in a helical formation at these temperatures.
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Some of the faces of evolution in our species
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I'm pretty sure I saw Lord Voldemort in there...
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Great animation demonstration of the "alternating tripod" gait that ants and other insects use. From http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/library/tutorials/external_anatomy/locomotion.html
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MRI scan of a jackfruit + more foods!

This is utterly beautiful. More here: http://insideinsides.blogspot.ch/
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somehow reminds me of flower =p
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My review of "Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence" in the +CERN Courier.

(Scroll down a bit.)
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Exactly. The existentially angst-y mind will seek self- appeasing answers anywhere it can find them. But please remember the key difference between using science as means to a goal, and doing science as goal in and of itself. I would argue that the use of science towards a gaol outside of science itself, is in not simply different from science, as one might say "philosophy isn't science", but the exact opposite of science. I would argue that religion and superstition, as different as they are from science, are not, as they are often argued, the opposite of objective scientific exploration. I would even say that the same argument I am making here, that science's greatest menace is not religion, isn't superstitious or subjective thinking, isn't external at all, can be made about religion and spirituality. The greatest threat to religion is in the same way, the use of religion towards non-religious ends. So, yes, I am making the argument that SETI sits well within the category "activities that use science as means toward entirely non-scientific ends". Other easily identified members of the same category are "Quantum Computing", "Fusion Power", "Cold Fusion", "The Multiverse Interpretation of Quantum Electro-Dynamics", "The Technological Singularity", "Transhumanism", "Human Deep Space Exploration", Etc. I am sure that a devoutly religious person could assemble an equivalent list of activities that use religion towards non-religious ends (though to be honest, I have trouble imagining any but a sarcastic list as from the perspective of a hard atheist, the whole of religion seems to be both a thing and a use of a thing towards other goals).
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Professor Englert talking about the Brout-Englert-Higgs mechanism at +CERN

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Even vandalism in Switzerland is well structured.
 
While walking to work this morning, I saw these cargo wagons with lots of graffiti on them. I noticed that the SBB markins in the lower left corners seems untouched — I wonder if there is an understanding between the SBB and the graffiti artists that they can paint the wagons as long as they don't mess with the identification numbers needed by the SBB? Another, more boring, explanation would be that the SBB keeps repainting these numbers...
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It seem that the Wagon SBB ID is on top of older graffitis...
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  • CMS Experiment at CERN's LHC
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I work with the Communications Group for the +CMS Experiment at +CERN, mainly for outreach. I'm a PhD student at the University of the West of England's Science Communication Unit. I also moderate /r/CERN.

I dabble in a little photography and my photographs are all available under the Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence.

In what seems like my previous life, I used to play the tabla with Rang.

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Organised the first deep-underground science Hangout: http://cern.ch/go/QNp8
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  • University of the West of England
    PhD: Science Communication, 2014 - present
  • City University, London
    MA: Science Journalism, 2009 - 2010
  • St. Xavier's College, Bombay
    BSc: Physics (with Computer Science and Mathematics), 2005 - 2008
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