These are the stories that defined the past week at our European partner site, ScienceBlogs.de:
European Soccer Games
Not surprisingly, the 2008 European Football Championship is still topic number one in Europe. The ScienceBloggers are always on the lookout for new scientific studies about soccer. For instance, Frank Abel writes about finding that the temperature has a decisive influence on who will win a game. This is the result of an analysis of external factors such as wind, rain and temperatures. He writes, “the German national team needs to play around 73 Fahrenheit and weak winds for the best winning chances.”
LHC Not To Cause Apocalypse
A new report from CERN now confirms what Sciencebloggers as Ludmila Carone (here and here) and Ali Arbia (here and here) wrote long before: It is highly unlikely that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will potentially generate stable black holes or trigger the end of the world The LHC in Geneva, Switzerland, will start working in September.
Bodybuilding by Placebo
In a recent study, one group of bodybuilders got injected the hormone HCH and another didn’t. Men who were firmly convinced of having received the doping agent although they only got placebos built more muscles, Peter Artmann writes.
Start of the Lindau Laureates Blog
From Sunday June 29th through Friday July 4th, 26 Nobel Laureates will meet 546 young researchers and discuss physics, life, the universe and more in Lindau, Germany. So this is not just a meeting of the Honourable, but a meeting for the future of physics. A special blog called Nobelpreistraegertreffen will be on site with reports, interviews, videos. Daily updates and insights into the debates will also be posted here at Page 3.14. Also keep your eyes peeled for short English-language video interviews with the Laureates, to be posted on the ScienceBlogs homepage.
Climate to Watch
Although sound is missing from this video, the message is quite clear, says climate expert Georg Hoffman. Take a look at the video, prepared by the Institut Pierre Simon Laplace.
That’s all for now. Note that links in this article are to blog posts in German—but their authors are usually happy to respond to comments in English. Danke!
This newsletter is compiled by ScienceBlogs.de managing editor Beatrice Lugger.