Flash: Neutrinos come in at least 2 flavours and have MASS

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2015 to

Takaaki Kajita
Super-Kamiokande Collaboration
University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan

and

Arthur B. McDonald
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Collaboration
Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada

for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass

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Metamorphosis in the particle world

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2015 recognises Takaaki Kajita in Japan and Arthur B. McDonald in Canada, for their key contributions to the experiments which demonstrated that neutrinos change identities. This metamorphosis requires that neutrinos have mass. The discovery has changed our understanding of the innermost workings of matter and can prove crucial to our view of the universe.

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Civil War breaks out in the Vatican’s Synod

The civil war between “progressive” and orthodox cardinals and bishops in the Catholic Church is now being contended at the Ordinary Synod on the Family currently taking place in Rome.

It could result in schism the stakes are that high. Thanks to the Internet Catholics and interested Christians and non-Christians can read in-depth analysis of the protagonists and exposures of the proceedings by experienced Vatican journalists and commentators.

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Where does Pope Francis stand in all this? Most of what he says is orthodox as you would expect, but then there are ambivalent nudges that indicate he might be “sympatico” to aspects of the progressive’s agenda. The most telling indicator is looking at the alleged “manipulators” in his election to the Papacy and whether they were sidelined after being exposed as acting contrary to Canon Law, or in fact kept in their key posts.

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Global Warming in more trouble. Who’d have guessed?

Scientists have discovered a hitherto unknown cooling process  which may pose a serious threat to man-made global warming theory.

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According to a study <http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b02388> by the Institute of Catalysis and Environment in Lyon (IRCELYON, CNRS / University Lyon 1) and the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), the oceans are producing unexpectedly large quantities of isoprene – a volatile organic compound (VOC) – which is known to have a cooling effect on climate.

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Refugee questions

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You really have to wonder about all the pictures that the mainstream media is shoving into our faces of families and children in the great “Syrian refugee” influx into Europe.

But even by the UN’s own figures, only HALF are actually from Syria….even though the media keeps calling them “Syrian refugees”.

http://data.unhcr.org/mediterranean/regional.html

The other interesting demographic from the UN’s information, is that 72% of the “refugees” are men…..only 13% are women and 15% are children.

You have to ask….why isn’t the media questioning this disparity in the figures?

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The reasons behind China’s Yuan devaluation.

 

The People’s Bank of China surprised global banking pundits earlier this week when the Chinese Yuan was devalued 1.9% against the US Dollar. With a rapidly slowing in the Chinese economy, with exports in July moving down by 8.3%, the Yuan move registers as the largest devaluation in a couple of decades. To put this in context however this drop in the value of the currency must be compared to the Yen that has fallen by a third in the last 3 years and the Euro that has decreased in value by 20% in the past year against the US Dollar.

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Meanwhile, the yuan has essentially remained stable against the dollar. This means that the yuan’s real effective exchange rate, or its exchange rate weighted against its trading partners, has appreciated dramatically over the past year. In fact, since June 2014 the yuan’s real effective exchange rate has been the world’s strongest, increasing by 13.5 percent — more than that of the U.S. dollar (12.8 percent) and the Swiss franc (11.4 percent).

As the Chinese government attempts to liberalise the Chinese economy to bring it closer to Western fiscal standards, this devaluation was touted by China as a one off currency move to bring the Yuan more closely into line with the US dollar, as part of China’s exchange rate liberalisation policy.

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