News tagged with statistical mechanics

What's fair?: New theory on income inequality

The increasing inequality in income and wealth in recent years, together with excessive pay packages of CEOs in the U.S. and abroad, is of growing concern, especially to policy makers. Income inequality was identified as ...

dateMay 27, 2015 in General Physics
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Criticality in morphogenesis

( —In many regards, a brief time-lapse video can teach more about embryonic development than any amount of reading. It is hard not to be impressed how a repeatable form reliably emerges despite considerable variation ...

dateSep 17, 2013 in Biotechnology report
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Biochemists uphold law of physics (w/ Video)

Experiments by biochemists at the University of California, Davis show for the first time that a law of physics, the ergodic theorem, can be demonstrated by a collection of individual protein molecules—specifically, a protein ...

dateJul 15, 2013 in Biochemistry
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Our ambiguous world of words

( —Ambiguity in language poses the greatest challenge when it comes to training a computer to understand the written word. Now, new research aims to help computers find meaning.

dateMay 31, 2013 in Computer Sciences
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Mosh pits can shed light on panic situations

(—When physics graduate student Jesse Silverberg took his girlfriend to a heavy metal concert, he didn't dive into the mosh pit as usual. He hung back and observed that humans act like particles, dancing into "collective ...

dateFeb 27, 2013 in Mathematics
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