Somebody’s Got a Case of the Mondays

9 Nov

Hey Peelers,

Sorry I’m a little late on writing this, I’ve been writing a physics lab report all night. Speaking of writing lab reports, lets talk science this week, more specifically, the placebo effect…and the Hadron collider.

“It seems the placebo effect isn’t just valid on drugs. It’s also a fact on elevators, offices and traffic lights. An article by Greg Ross says: ‘In most elevators installed since the early 1990s, the ‘close door’ button has no effect. Otis Elevator engineers confirmed the fact to the Wall Street Journal in 2003. Similarly, many office thermostats are dummies, designed to give workers the illusion of control. “You just get tired of dealing with them and you screw in a cheap thermostat,” said Illinois HVAC specialist Richard Dawson. “Guess what? They quit calling you.” In 2004 the New York Times reported that more than 2,500 of the 3,250 “walk” buttons in New York intersections do nothing. “The city deactivated most of the pedestrian buttons long ago with the emergence of computer-controlled traffic signals, even as an unwitting public continued to push on.”‘

Whoa, now. Interesting, ain’t it?

Also, THIS: “The Large Hadron Collider has successfully created a ‘mini-Big Bang’ by smashing together lead ions instead of protons. The scientists working at the enormous machine on the Franco-Swiss border achieved the unique conditions on 7 November. The experiment created temperatures a million times hotter than the center of the Sun.”

As a science major, I find research like this really interesting…hope you guys have a great week and enjoy our last bout of warm weather. Also, don’t forget to submit to magazine by NOVEMBER 20th!!!

xoxoxo

K, EVENTS

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