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"We have observed a new boson with a mass of 125.3 +- 0.6 GeV at 4.9 sigma significance. " 

Thats just from CMS.

The ATLAS groups shows a boson at 126.5 Gev, at 5 sigma significance.

Fabiola Gianotti thanks nature for a very lucky mass for the Higgs boson, allowing LHC to find it!

Rolf Heuer: "We have a discovery. A new particle consistent with the Higgs boson. But which one?"

http://webcast.web.cern.ch/webcast/play_higgs.html
If the webcast does not work for you, you can go to this alternative webcast. Read more on the event blog Quantum Diaries Blog. Chat about the event: Use CERN Web client | Use your IM Chat client Trou...
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Hilarious!
 
Economist mag's faux Facebook cover on current issue is clever. (Full issue here http://www.economist.com/printedition/2012-02-04)
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From Khan Academy.
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Hmm, getting bored of seeing a fuzzy grey blob in my scope - need a new one!
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This zoom dives deep into the nucleus of the neighboring spiral galaxy M31, also known as the Andromeda galaxy. The sequence begins with a backyard constellation view and ends with the new Hubble Space Telescope image that centers on the 100-million-solar-mass black hole at the core of the galaxy and the young blue stars surrounding the black hole. This is the sharpest visible-light image ever made of the nucleus of an external galaxy. Astronomers are trying to understand how apparently young stars were formed so deep inside the black hole's gravitational grip and how they survive in an extreme environment. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
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Don't forget to use the"averted vision" trick to see the really faint fuzzies. In fact, if you look away far enough, your averted imagination will kick in with Hubble quality views.
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Oddly, the same 84:16 ratio did not hold for losses.
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Truly eye-opening: According to a recent book, The Hedge Fund Mirage (http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1118164318.html), by Simon Lack, from 1998 to 2010, 84% of the investment gains of the entire hedge fund industry went to the managers, and only 16% to the investors. The thievery of our "financial industry" beggars the mind. Never mind the 1%! This is a tiny fraction of the 1% fleecing the rest of the 1%.

According to The Financial Times:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c68c0250-379f-11e1-a5e0-00144feabdc0.html

"In fact, concludes Mr Lack, while many hedge fund managers have prospered from hefty fees, the bulk of their investment gains have not been shared with clients. On an asset-weighted basis, measuring cash invested to cash returned, hedge fund investors in aggregate, while narrowly beating the average return from equities, would have made more money over the past decade from investing in government bonds, and even from Treasury Bills.


"Of course the experience of 2008 colours these figures. According to Mr Lack, the hedge fund industry lost more money in that one year than all the profits it had generated during the previous 10 years. In fact most likely, he says, is that hedge funds lost more money for their investors in 2008 than the industry had made in its entire history. If true, that would put the industry up there with airlines and banks in the annals of long-term, non-productive performers from an investor perspective.

"Not that the managers have suffered the same way, of course. That is the brilliance of the hedge fund model. Between 1998 and 2010, the book shows, _even on favourable assumptions hedge fund managers earned an estimated $379bn in fees, out of total investment gains (before fees) of $449bn. In other words, they took 84 per cent of the investment profits their funds made, leaving just 16 per cent for the investors.

"Once you make adjustments for survivorship bias, fund of funds fees and so on, it is probable, he suggests, that hedge fund managers have kept all the money made, and investors have in aggregate received nothing_." [italics mine]
One of my New Year resolutions – and sadly the first to be broken – was not to write any more negative articles about hedge funds. Some of the poor chumps in the industry seem to be sensitive to anyth...
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On Bach's 327th birthday, a brilliant takedown of the Goldbergs.

And of course, Glenn Gould's 2nd recording is the best.
For pianist Jeremy Denk, Bach's music is like that annoyingly perfect friend who always answers emails and never eats at Burger King at 2AM.
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So happy at the end of the article that it's a series of posts.
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Not taking bagels seriously enough? You should!
 
Want to learn all about bagels? (And get a chance to eat some Schmendricks!) Sign up for our bagel education class at 18 Reasons!
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" End the evening with satisfying bagel dinner, and inspired bagel-related conversation."

Is "bagel" San Francisco code for something else?
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A lovely poem from Wislawa Szymborska, who died today.

Lot's Wife


They say I looked back from curiosity.
But I could have had reasons other than curiosity.
I looked back from regret for a silver bowl.
From distraction while fastening the latchet of my sandal.
To avoid looking longer at the righteous neck
of Lot my husband.
From sudden certainty that had I died
he would not even have slowed his step.
From the disobedience of the meek.
Alert to the pursuit.
Suddenly serene, hopeful that God had changed His mind....
Lot's Wife could have had different reasons for looking back
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Sad day, but hopefully Congress will see the light.
About the action. The Wikipedia community has blacked out the English version of Wikipedia for 24 hours on January 18th to raise awareness about legislation being proposed by the U.S. Congress — the S...
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Interesting numbers. La Nina uses has a cooling effect, but last year was the hottest ever La Nina year.
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2011 temperature extremes graphic (NOAA via Wunderground http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2013)
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Oh, no! It's... Man Bear Pig
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