Planet of the Apes Archive: July, 2012

Finally - A Higgs Boson Story Anyone Can Understand

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Einstein famously marveled over the idea that the universe was comprehensible. But on July 4, the universe started to sound weird and unnecessarily... Read more

Today’s News: A Good Mutation that Prevents Dementia

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Most genetic mutations found in medical research are bad – they increase risk of some condition – or at best offer trade-offs.... Read more

Mass Extinctions of the Past and Climate Change in the Present:

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A reader noted on Monday's column that he or she hadn't hadn’t heard about CO2 from burning coal as a factor in the great Permian die-off:... Read more

Annoying Arsenic Claim Debunked for Good - We Hope.

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It didn’t make sense from the get-go. A group of researchers claimed last December that they’d discovered an arsenic-based life... Read more

Higgs: The Higgs Boson May Not Be God, But It’s Also No WIMP

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F.F. Higgs wants to take on some reader questions about the Higgs Boson: Higgs: Thanks for all the interesting comments on my last post. I’d... Read more

Planet of the Mega Disasters

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Here's my evolution column for this week. It will also appear in Monday's Philadelphia Inquirer: Like the economy, evolution is not so much... Read more

How the "God Particle" is not like God and Where Mass Comes From.

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Hi. Higgs here. Whether I won my bet or not, I’m happy for the physicists, even if the Higgs particle has acquired has the most annoying... Read more

Penn Prof Helps Higgs the Cat Clear Up Confusion over Higgs the Boson.

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F.F. Higgs the cat placed a bet about his namesake particle. Has he won or lost? Higgs: I think I might have lost my bet after all. I said... Read more