Posts Tagged: MIT
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The Questions Following Aaron Swartz's Death

The suicide of Aaron Swartz last week has brought attention to a lot of things in need of immediate and substantial change: the unchecked power of ambitious, self-serving federal prosecutors; the curious disconnect between the ferocity with which those prosecutors hunted down a 20-something political activist, and their respectful reluctance to disturb the potentates of Wall Street; the absurdity of our current copyright laws; ditto, the outmoded laws still on the books with respect to "hacking."

There's also an important point to reiterate. I've seen a number of angry commenters on Twitter and elsewhere claiming that JSTOR "has blood on its hands." This is false. JSTOR declined involvement in [...]

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Is The God Particle Already Dead?

“The trouble is that this signature is not unique, at least not given the amount of data that CERN has so far collected. We show that current LHC data already strongly disfavor both the dilatonic and non-dilatonic singlet imposters. On the other hand, a generic Higgs doublet and a triplet imposter give equally good fits to the measured event rates of the newly observed scalar resonance.” —A team of scientists at MIT have published a report questioning the validity of last week's announcement that scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva had finally identified the elusive Higgs Boson particle. This comes as little surprise to [...]