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A large WHAT?


Missing piece found in particle puzzle: scientists

SCIENCE/CERNThe search for concrete evidence of dark matter and of what it might be is part of the work of CERN’s LHC, or Large Hardon Collider, the world’s biggest scientific machine that began operation near full force at the end of March.

Your definition of CERN’s LHC as the Large Hardon Collider is a bit provocative, don’t you think? Or, did you mean the Large HADRON Collider?

The title of the article also is interesting. Were they missing scientists? Where ARE the proofreaders when you knead them?


I believe you have an unfortunate typo. What’s a Large Hardon Collider”?

Readers get Big Bang out of typo


Mini-Big Bangs created in cosmos origins project

SCIENCE/CERNGENEVA, March 30 (Reuters) – Physicists smashed sub-atomic particles into each other with record energy on Tuesday, creating thousands of mini-Big Bangs like the primeval explosion that gave birth to the universe 13.7 years ago.

What? 13.7 years means the big bang happened mid-July, 1997. Did I miss that original event also?

910 BC?


gbu islamic period 280Excavation director for the Israel Antiquities Authority Annette Nagar holds a fragment of a marble plaque with an Arabic inscription discovered in the Old City of Jerusalem February 17, 2010. According to Professor Moshe Sharon of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the inscription, which is characteristic of the first centuries of the Islamic period, dates back to the year 910 BC. Credit: REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

The caption under this image is not fully correct. I am sure Professor Moshe Sharon wouldn’t give the date as ” BC ”

Buried near a what?


Archaeologists find suspected Trojan war-era couple

“If the remains are confirmed to be from 1,200 B.C. it would coincide with the Trojan war period. These people were buried near a mote. We are conducting radiocarbon testing, but the finding is electrifying,” Pernicka told Reuters in a telephone interview.

I think It should be “moat.”


Several readers noticed this one. We corrected: GBU Editor

An undated handout picture shows the remains of a man and a woman believed to have died in 1,200 B.C. in the ancient city of Troy in northwestern Turkey. REUTERS/Project Troy/Handout

That’s a lot of twins…


Doctors baffled by Indian village of over 200 sets of twins

In fact with about 35-45 twins per live birth, this village in North Kerala, India, has four times more twins than normal. Not surprisingly, the village has been dubbed “the twin village.”

There seems to be a statistical error in this article. It says that in this one village there are “35-45 twins per live birth” but that seems way out of line (how can you even have more than two twins per live birth). Perhaps it’s per 1,000 live births or something else?

Flu shots?


All U.S. children should get seasonal flu shot: CDC WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All U.S. children aged 6 months to 18 years should get a seasonal influenza vaccine every year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

The headline of your article is misleading. The CDC did not say that all children should get the flu shot, it said that all children should get the flu vaccine. That is an important distinction, especially where there are other ways to administer the vaccine, such as intranasal.

Taking the bait?


Carbon market in “rude health,” awaits U.S.

“It’s difficult to say things are heating up again right now as everyone is waiting with baited breath for the U.S. to pull the trigger for the next spurt of investment to take the market to the next level.”

Not to quibble, but the correct phrase is “bated breath” (not “baited”).

Green news on


wanted to know why the Environment tab is no longer available.

I am very interested in the Reuters environment issues and would like to see it come back.


I have been using the environmental section of your website to keep up on issues that are important to me. I can’t seem to find it any more. Have you relocated the section or eliminated it?

Where’s the action?

New York City-sized ice collapses off Antarctica

TROMSOE, Norway (Reuters) – An area of an Antarctic ice shelf almost the size of New York City has broken into icebergs this month after the collapse of an ice bridge widely blamed on global warming, a scientist said Tuesday.

“The northern ice front of the Wilkins Ice Shelf has become unstable and the first icebergs have been released,” Angelika Humbert, glaciologist at the University of Muenster in Germany, said of European Space Agency satellite images of the shelf.

Fairly mild?


U.S. officials track new flu strain

The virus is usually fairly mild but it still kills between 250,000 and 500,000 people in an average year. And every few decades, a completely new strain pops up and it can cause a pandemic, a global epidemic that kills many more than usual.

This was in your article, and I was wondering if it is a typo or mistake? Could you please let me know.