Insights into the interactions between pro- and anti-vaccination clusters on Facebook can enable policies and approaches that attempt to interrupt the shift to anti-vaccination views and persuade undecided individuals to adopt a pro-vaccination...
Graham FarmeloTerribly depressing—the online conflict between pro- and anti-vaxxers analysed in fascinating paper in @nature using model, which ‘reproduces the recent explosive growth in anti-vaccination views, and predicts that these views will dominate in a decade’
Notes made in the shadow of a devastating outbreak show the great scientist sketching out some distinctly queasy remedies
Graham FarmeloIsaac Newton’s prescription for “lozenges” to combat the plague blended powdered toad with toad vomit. Unpublished pages of Newton’s notes on Jan Baptist van Helmont’s 1667 book on plague to be auctioned online this week
Boris Johnson and his aide are alike in their reliance on deception to prop up their vanity
Graham FarmeloCummings’ blog fraud was discovered by a suspicious German viewer (of last Monday’s briefing) who first demonstrated that Cummings’ site recorded that the post was edited at 8:55pm on the day Cummings told the public he’d returned from his Durham trip
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Graham FarmeloGreat fun talking about the overlapping frontiers of fundamental physics and pure mathematics with @alokjha in the @economist’s latest Babbage podcast (‘The Universe Speaks in Numbers’)
Collider physicists report that several measurements of particles called B mesons deviate from predictions. Alone, each oddity looks like a fluke, but their collective drift is more suggestive.
Graham FarmeloRecent measurements of subatomic particles known as B mesons deviate from expectations based on the Standard Model. Alone, each of these oddities looks like a fluke, but might their collective drift signify a gap in our understanding?