Author archives: César Tomé

MI weekly selection #31

MI weekly selection #31

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Dog breeds in Americas trace ancestry to Asian dogs A study found that modern breeds of Chihuahuas, Arctic sled dogs and Peruvian hairless dogs trace their ancestry to dogs that humans brought across the ancient land bridge that connected North America to Northeast Asia. The study compared DNA from Asian and European dogs with archaeological […]

MI weekly selection #30

MI weekly selection #30

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Clouds protect habitable planets from star’s heat According to a recent study that developed a 3D model to explore how clouds affect temperatures on exoplanets, the number of habitable worlds could be double the amount previously thought. The study found that as many as 60 billion exoplanets fall within a habitable zone around their star […]

MI weekly selection #29

MI weekly selection #29

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Poor Math Skills Make a Mortgage Default More Likely Unprecedented numbers of American subprime mortgage holders began defaulting on their loans in 2006, precipitating two years later the most severe global recession since The Great Depression. Pundits have offered numerous theories about what started the mortgage mayhem, but firm evidence has remained elusive. According to […]

MI weekly selection #28

MI weekly selection #28

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Violence against women at epidemic proportions Three in ten women worldwide have been punched, shoved, dragged, threatened with weapons, raped, or subjected to other violence from a current or former partner. Close to one in ten have been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner. Of women who are murdered, more than one in […]

MI weekly selection #26

MI weekly selection #26

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Hope springs eternal: “Pandora’s Promise” and the truth about nuclear energy So why would environmentalists of all people support nuclear power? What changed these people’s minds? Two things, primarily. The Curious Wavefuntion Making and Breaking Compulsive Behaviour When scientists have scanned the brains of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder, they’ve seen more neural activity in areas […]

MI weekly selection #24

MI weekly selection #24

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Graphene shown to produce ultrashort laser pulses Researchers have discovered that graphene can absorb light over a broad range of wavelengths, allowing it to be used to create ultrashort laser pulses of color. The discovery could mean that graphene, a thin, strong conductive material, could be used to create small, economical ultrashort-pulse lasers used in […]

MI weekly selection #22

MI weekly selection #22

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Pear-shaped nuclei in some atoms may help explain antimatter Researchers have used a particle accelerator called REX-ISOLDE at CERN in Switzerland to discover an atom with pear-shaped nuclei. The discovery could lead scientists to extend the Standard Model in physics and help to explain why there is more matter than antimatter in the universe. LiveScience […]