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A time for a change in the PhD system

(PhysOrg.com) -- According to a series of articles published in Nature, the world has too many PhDs and not enough academic jobs to sustain them. Researchers point out that it is either time to make change ...

Apr 25, 2011 report
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Airtight box and plant experiment ends in blinding headaches

(PhysOrg.com) -- Iain Stewart, a professor of geoscience at Plymouth University, spent the weekend carrying out an experiment in Cornwall at the Eden Project. Stewart was locked in an airtight chamber for 48 hours with nothing ...

Sep 19, 2011 weblog
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Dating the world's language families

(PhysOrg.com) -- A computerized method for determining when prehistoric languages were spoken has been developed by an international group of scholars known as the ASJP (Automated Similarity Judgment Program) ...

Dec 05, 2011
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Balancing scientific freedom and national security

The U.S. government's request that the journals Science and Nature withhold scientific information related to the genetically modified H5N1 virus because of biosecurity concerns does not violate the First Amendment, say two Georg ...

Jan 19, 2012
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To be or not to be

(PhysOrg.com) -- A scholar from Oxford's English Faculty has discovered that a painting lauded as the only known portrait of William Shakespeare painted from life is almost certainly of somebody else.

Mar 23, 2009
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Physics could be behind the secrets of crop-circle artists

In this month's edition of Physics World, Richard Taylor, director of the Materials Science Institute at the University of Oregon, takes a serious, objective look at a topic that critics might claim is beyond scientific understanding ...

Aug 01, 2011
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The five biggest threats to human existence

In the daily hubbub of current "crises" facing humanity, we forget about the many generations we hope are yet to come. Not those who will live 200 years from now, but 1,000 or 10,000 years from now. I use ...

May 29, 2014
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Caltech beats out Harvard for top ranking

(PhysOrg.com) -- According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, California Institute of Technology, or Caltech, has beaten out Harvard to take the top spot for the first time since they s ...

Oct 07, 2011 weblog
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US House votes for more advanced-degree visas (Update)

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to make green cards accessible to foreign students graduating with advanced science and math degrees from U.S. universities, setting up what is expected to be a turbulent battle ...

Nov 30, 2012
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Perfect Pitch: Language Wins Out Over Genetics

Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Sinatra and Hendrix -- these and many other of the world's most famous musicians have had "perfect" or "absolute" pitch. The ability, defined as recognizing the pitch of a musical note ...

May 19, 2009
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