Spooky Computers at CERN

Quantum of what? Physicists have been wrestling for more than a century with quantum mechanics, a set of rules that govern the behaviour of atoms and other small systems - small compared to a human being. As a matter of fact, even what quantum mechanics is about is not so obvious: first, because if everything … Continue reading Spooky Computers at CERN

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Why don’t we build a particle accelerator orbiting the Sun?

Disclaimer: this is a blog post, not a paper. Seriously, I'm not suggesting to build such an accelerator, but I believe that by trying to answer this question the reader can learn something about the intriguing realm of accelerator physics. The Large Hadron Collider operating at CERN is the most powerful collider ever built by … Continue reading Why don’t we build a particle accelerator orbiting the Sun?

Are more babies born when there’s a new moon?

Introduction According to folklore, more babies are born under a New Moon. I was also said that during those days midwives have to book for more shifts. I think this is a pretty simple statement that can be tested (falsified) with some basic statistics, the main problem being where to find good data. My answer? Facebook, of … Continue reading Are more babies born when there’s a new moon?