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The strange case of ‘time travel’ murder

What do you make of this case?

Investigators discovered biological material under the fingernails of a brutally murdered woman and considered the possibility that she may have scratched her attacker.

The material was then sent to the lab for analysis and they found a DNA match.  Suspect found?  Well, yes and no. The  suspect herself was a victim of murder and had died three weeks before her “alleged” victim.

Sounds like an unsolvable mystery? It was until Dr. Mike Silverman, a UK forensic scientist, was assigned to look into the case.   Continue reading

Higgs boson MOOC

The University of Edinburgh has paired up with FutureLearn to host the massive open online course (MOOC) called “The discovery of the Higgs boson“.

This MOOC introduces the theoretic tools needed to appreciate the discovery, and presents the elementary particles at the tiniest scales ever explored. Beginning with basic concepts in classical mechanics, the story unfolds through relativity and quantum mechanics, describing forces, matter and the unification of theories with an understanding driven by the tools of mathematics.

Narrating the journey through experimental results which led to the discovery in 2012, the course invites you to learn from a team of world-class physicists at Edinburgh University. Learners participate in discussion of the consequences of the Higgs boson, to physics and cosmology, and towards a stronger understanding and new description of the universe.

Free Online Course on Climate Change

If you would like to understand the science behind climate change, David Archer the author of the book ‘Global Warming – Understanding the forecast’ has put together an online course based on the book and it is free for all.

The course starts on October 21st 2013 and you can sign up at https://www.coursera.org/course/globalwarming. For more info check this post on Real Climate.

 – taken from article posted by Dan Satterfield, AGU Blogosphere