## Friday, August 31, 2012 ... /////

### EU: all incandescent light bulbs banned tomorrow

In the article aptly titled "Light-Bulb Ban Casts Shadow over EU Democracy", The Spiegel reminds us, the Europeans, about an important change that will affect our continent starting from tomorrow, Saturday, September 1st, 2012. No, Germany isn't invading Poland in the same way as it did on September 1st, 1939.

But maybe it is...

Starting from Saturday, it will become illegal to import any incandescent light bulbs to the EU or produce them at the territory of our continental confederation.

### Harvard course: 125 students copy a take-home exam

B Chimp Yen has informed me about a mass cheating scandal at Harvard; see e.g. these sources. BBC and other outlets wouldn't tell you the name of the course.

However, good enough Internet users need approximately 1 minute to find out which course it was. Yes, it was "Introduction to Congress" (Government E-1310 23500) taught by Matthew Platt.

## Thursday, August 30, 2012 ... /////

### German offshore wind turbines: hiding all the disadvantages

Most of the otherwise rational German nation was scared by the Fukushima non-disaster and decided to close all of its nuclear power plants by 2020 or so.

Germany is also at the top of the fight against the CO2 emissions so both major sources of electricity seem to be doomed. So far, the doom is hypothetical because the policies have actually led to an expansion of coal power plants. But we may imagine that Germany gets really serious about its drinking of the Green Kool-Aid.

Yesterday, the German government approved a plan to speed up the construction of offshore (i.e. on-the-sea) wind power plants, see e.g. DowJones/WSJ. What does the decision mean? Is it wise?

### London built a new paralympic LHC collider

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London was apparently a cool event.

At the beginning of this 4-minute preview, you may listen to a 70-year-old athlete, Dr Stephen Hawking, who also talks about another hobby of his, the search for a theory of everything:

His audience included Her Majesty the Queen, Boris the Mayor, and 62,000 similar closet physics fans.

But Dr Stephen Hawking is far from being the last piece of physics you could have found in the ceremony.

## Wednesday, August 29, 2012 ... /////

### Moonlanding was staged, 74% of climate alarmists say

Update: poll results

You may still vote but analogously to the Lewandowsky poll, I decided that a sufficient number of votes have been submitted and we may reveal the final results:

You see that out of the 219 votes, 84% of the people are climate skeptics. Among the climate skeptics, 3% are conspiracy theorists. Among the people alarmed by climate change, 74% are conspiracy theorists. ;-)

You get the point, don't you?

Just to be sure, I am not saying that the results of this "poll" should be taken seriously. And I hope you realize what's the main reason they shouldn't. However, I surely do claim that the "poll" by Lewandowsky et al. was exactly as "serious" as this one.

Off-topic, breaking news: TRF is getting hundreds of hits from harvard.edu to this 2010 TRF article on the elixir of youth, well, a fraudulent Harvard stem cell research claiming to have found one. Ms Shane Mayack was finally found guilty of misconduct today: Boston.com, Nature News
Original article posted 15 hours ago:

### Conformal Standard Model and the second $325\GeV$ Higgs boson

Does Peter Higgs (or God) have a secretive brother?

Křištof Meissner and Hermann Nicolai released a short preprint

$325\GeV$ scalar resonance seen at CDF?
in which they use a strange accumulation of four events of the type$p\bar p \to \ell^+ \ell^- \ell^+ \ell^-$ observed by CDF, a detector at the defunct Tevatron, that happen to have the invariant energy $E=325\GeV$ within the detector resolution, to defend some interesting models in particle physics. The probability that four events of this kind are clumped this accurately is (according to the Standard Model and some simple statistical considerations) smaller than 1 in 10,000. I would still bet it's a fluctuation. But it is unlikely enough for us not to consider the authors of papers about this bump to be leaves blown around by a gentle wind.

Three previous TRF articles have discussed possible signals near $325\GeV$: this very four-lepton signal, a different signal at D0 indicating a different particle, a new top-like quark, and some deficits near that mass at the LHC: yes, a convincing confirmation of the $325\GeV$ by the European collider doesn't seem to exist.

## Tuesday, August 28, 2012 ... /////

### Gerlach and Osheroff: birthdays

Two well-known enough physicists were born on August 1st: Walter Gerlach in 1889 and Douglas Osheroff in 1945.