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Typo of the Day: BBC Reports on Restart of the 'Hardon Collider' - VIDEO


The Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) was restarted over the weekend, and the BBC's chyron writer's excitement gave the world's largest atom smasher a whole new meaning.

Considering that the purpose of the long-term experiment is to recreate the conditions that existed moments after the Big Bang, perhaps "hardon collider" is what it should have been called in the first place.


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Student Discovers His Engineering Lecturer Is An Italian Male Model: Photos


Let’s talk about engineering.

Screenshot 2015-03-31 06.51.21Pietro Boselli is a teaching assistant and mathematical modeling lecturer at University College London. He’s also a ridiculously attractive male model who got his start in the fashion industry working with Giorgio Armani at the age of six.

Earlier this year one of Boselli’s students stumbled upon Boselli’s Instagram account whilst in class and soon realized that the man responsible for making him an engineer was also an in-demand high-fashion model.

The 26 year-old Italian's academic achievements belie the assumptions that one typically makes when thinking about models. Not only does Boselli holds a Ph.D in mechanical engineering (with honors,) but he graduated with distinction and a specialization in computational design.

Perhaps you’re on the fence about picking up a copy of Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Systems; we understand. Then again, Boselli might just be able to convince you to reconsider giving STEM a second chance.

Check out a selection of his Instagram shots AFTER THE JUMP...

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Richard Dawkins Answers 'How Does Evolution Explain Homosexuality?' - VIDEO


In honor of Darwin Day, celebrating Charles Darwin’s contributions to evolutionary theory, reputed evolutionary biologist and ethologist Richard Dawkins fielded a question regarding how evolution explains homosexuality. Dawkins elaborated on homosexuality’s role in natural selection and how the homosexual gene has continued to survive and pass on to future generations despite the rules of natural selection with some tantalizing hypotheses.

Watch Dawkins explain his hypotheses, including one regarding homosexual male societal roles within hunter-gatherer societies, AFTER THE JUMP

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ASAPScience Investigates the Stinging Possibility of a World Without Bees: VIDEO

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The ASAPScience guys have finally weighed in on the popular topic of bee extinction in their new video and what it means for us and the rest of the world should they go extinct. Scientists have claimed the extinction of bees spells catastrophic consequences; the ASAPScience guys calmly clarify exactly what would and it’s still not pretty. Up to 70 percent of the world’s fruit, vegetables and nuts would vanish, an estimated $200 billion loss in agriculture revenue along with a drastic effect on the food chain.

Watch ASAP Science thoroughly explain bee extinction, along with the potential processes that are leading to their deaths, AFTER THE JUMP

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How Long Would Your City Survive The Zombie Apocalypse?


In The Walking Dead, Rick and his cohort of fellow survivors make their way north from the zombie infested south in search of a safe haven where they might be able to restart their lives in peace. As of the current season of the show, just over a year’s time has passed since the initial breakout and as best as we can tell the dead vastly outnumber the living across the entire country.

ZombieIf you’re a fan of the TWD (or general zombie preparedness), then you’ve no doubt wondered just how long you’d survive the zombie apocalypse. What would you pack, what would you wear, where would you go? According to Alex Alemi, a physics researcher at Cornell University, one of the most important elements factoring into your chances of survival is the city you live in.

In a paper Alemi and a team of fellow researchers recently published and presented to the American Physical Society, they explore the hypothetical outbreak of a zombie plague using models based on the spreading patterns of real world diseases.

“Zombies are unique and very different than other diseases in that victims of other diseases either get better or succumb to the disease,” Alemi explained in an interview with The Washington Post. “But zombies are the undead. They don’t get better. And the only way to stop them is for a human to kill the zombie.”

“With other diseases, no matter how many infections you model, the disease is not going to infect every single person. But in the zombie model, you really can turn every single person into a zombie.”

Along with their research paper Alemi and his team have created an interactive simulation that’ll let you model you own outbreak and manipulate different factors to produce various outcomes. Though Alemi based much of his research around the way actual diseases spread, he also had to take into account how humans would react realistically.

For instance the model assumes that once a zombie outbreak occurs transportation effectively shuts down. While most apocalyptic films depict mass exoduses from cities, it’s far more likely that roads and highways would become too deadlocked to facilitate huge movements. The simulation will take into account the average number of zombies killed by humans compared to the number of humans bitten by zombies. You can also choose the rate at which the zombies move--something else that would undoubtedly determine how quickly the virus spread.

Check out the simulation for yourself and see just how well your city would fare against the undead. Fellow statistics nerds an true zombie believers can find Alemi's paper in full AFTER THE JUMP...

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9 Out Of 10 HIV Transmissions Occurring From People Not Receiving Care: VIDEO

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The tide of HIV transmission rates has been stemmed over the decades, but it hasn't stopped with estimated tens of thousands of new transmissions every year. A new CDC analysis is showing that of those transmissions, 91.5% of them are coming from people who have HIV and are not receiving treatment or care, including those who are not aware that they are infected. Said Jonathan Mermin, MD of the CDC:

We could prevent the vast majority of new infections tomorrow by improving the health of people living with HIV today.

Improving health includes:

[I]n addition to antiretroviral therapy, HIV care should include risk reduction counseling on how to protect their partners, screening and treatment for other sexually transmitted infections, and treatment for mental health and substance use disorders.

All ya gotta do is TUG: Take PrEP; Use a condom; Get tested. End HIV.

Watch a video from the CDC on how we can prevent the vast majority of new HIV infections, AFTER THE JUMP...

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