12December2017

Boson boffin ‘a forgotten hero’

SCIENTIST Satyendranath Bose, after whom the Higgs-Boson is named, has not been given his due, India has said While much of the world was celebrating the international cooperation that led to last week’s breakthrough in identifying the [...]

The Transit of Venus: Viewing Tips from an Astronomer

Invited guest post by Summer Ash On Tuesday June 5th, Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun for the second time in eight years and the last time for another 105 years. The transit of Venus, as it is called, is a very rare event in our [...]

From cancer to quantum, teens’ scientific feats celebrated

Winners of the 2012 Intel ISEF show the promise of science for improving the world New ways to detect cancer, search online social networks and link atoms using quantum physics took the highest honors this week at the 2012 Intel International [...]
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Young scientists, inventors and mathematicians score big

Cancer sensor, a better way to search tweets, and quantum teleportation are among research highlights at a global high-school-science competition Gordon E. Moore Award winner Jack Andraka is flanked by Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award [...]
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Math for hungry birds

Scientists have found that when albatrosses forage for food, their flight path looks like a mathematical pattern called a fractal. Credit: Coedekoven/SWFSC/NOAA People may say that math is for the birds. A new study shows this may be true, [...]

Good science is not possible without freedom of thought: Ramakrishnan – The Hindu

‘Empirical view has shaped modern outlook of science that has the capacity to transform societies’ The idea of favouring experiment and observation over belief, and the empirical over the anecdotal, which was at the core of the evolution [...]

5 Things Jenga Can Teach Us About Structural Engineering

Humans are natural-born structural engineers. If you find that hard to believe, watch a small child play with a set of simple wooden blocks. With no outside instruction — and through lots of energetic trial and error — he or she [...]

Books on Science: Fiddling With a Two-Year Gap in the Busy Life of Copernicus

Dava Sobel has long taken a quirky approach to science history. In “Galileo’s Daughter” (1999), for instance, she focused not on the standard biographical material but on the scientist’s love for his illegitimate daughter, consigned [...]

Young scientists work together and win

Broadcom MASTERS, Robert Heckman, Justin Barber, Adriana Monzon, Alicia D’Souza, and Valerie Ding, finalists work together on a team challenge. Credit: Broadcom Foundation Guests checking into the posh Palomar Hotel in Washington, D.C., [...]

How computers got us into space

When you look back at the past 50 years of human spaceflight, don’t forget the computer scientists who helped make it all possible. That’s the message Arthur Cohen wants to pass along on the golden anniversary of NASA astronaut Alan [...]