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Nasa's Curiosity rover zaps Mars rock

Jonathan Amos - BBC News - 20 August 2012 Comments

(A) Curiosity will trundle around its landing site looking for interesting rock features to study. Its top speed is about 4cm/s (B) This mission has 17 cameras. They will identify particular...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE

Sun Is Roundest Natural Object Known

Dave Mosher - National Geographic - 18 August 2012 Comments

The sun is the roundest natural object ever precisely measured, astronomers say. Astronomers have sought for centuries to see if and how our backyard star's roundness changes. That's because...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE

Book written in DNA code

Geraint Jones - The Guardian - 17 August 2012 Comments

Scientists have for the first time used DNA to encode the contents of a book. At 53,000 words, and including 11 images and a computer program, it is the largest amount of data yet stored...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

Prisoners pitch in to save endangered butterfly

Ed Yong - Nature News - 10 August 2012 Comments

At the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, Washington, inmates are helping to save the endangered Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha taylori). Under the supervision...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, SCIENCE

U.S. Should Adopt Higher Standards for Science Education

- - Scientific American - 09 August 2012 Comments

Americans have grown accustomed to bad news about student performance in math and science. On a 2009 study administered by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 15-year-olds...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, SCIENCE

17-year-old girl builds artificial ‘brain’ to detect breast cancer

John Roach - NBC News - 07 August 2012 Comments

An artificial “brain” built by a 17-year-old whiz kid from Florida is able to accurately assess tissue samples for signs of breast cancer, providing more confidence to a minimally invasive...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

Mars Science Laboratory Touches Down Tonight

Sean Carroll - Cosmic Variance - Discover Magazine - 05 August 2012 Comments

Nowadays everyone calls it the “Curiosity rover,” but I got to know it as the Mars Science Laboratory , and I’m too old and set in my ways to switch. Launched on November 26, 2011, the mission is...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SPACE, TECHNOLOGY

The Laryngeal Nerve of the Giraffe is Proof of Natural Selection

- - Channel 4 (via GrrlScientist 2010) - 03 August 2012 Comments

This was previously posted in 2010 on rd.net. It's discussed in detail in both The Greatest Show on Earth and in Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True and is certainly worth watching - or watching...

TAGGED: EVOLUTION, RICHARD DAWKINS, SCIENCE

The Wisdom of Not Being Too Rational

Michael Balter - Science - 29 July 2012 Comments

Clever crow. Birds can solve problems like the one in Aesop's fable, but children are quicker to master more ambiguous puzzles. Many children (and adults) have heard Aesop's fable about the crow...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, SCIENCE

Science and Theology, Mystery and Wonder

Mike Aus - RichardDawkins.net - 21 July 2012 Comments

Geckos abound here in Houston during the summer. It is a wonder to observe them leap and climb vertically on virtually any type of surface. Until recently this unique ability was one of the...

TAGGED: RELIGION, SCIENCE

Free access to British scientific research within two years

Ian Sample - The Guardian - 16 July 2012 Comments

Professor Dame Janet Finch's recommendations on open access publishing prompted the government's decision. The government is to unveil controversial plans to make publicly funded scientific ...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

Betrayal

Eric MacDonald - Choice in Dying - 13 July 2012 Comments

Note that some may find difficulty in playing the audio clip below - going to the source site may help Jerry Coyne has been busy with professional responsibilities lately, and has not been...

TAGGED: DISHONESTY, SCIENCE

Science journalism through the looking glass

Chris Chambers and Petroc Sumner - The Guardian - 11 July 2012 Comments

Professor Peter Higgs, of Higgs boson fame, is photographed at a press conference last week following the announcement of the particle's probable discovery. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the...

TAGGED: COMMENTARY, SCIENCE

Death of scientific evidence mourned on Parliament Hill

Meagan Fitzpatrick - CBC News - 10 July 2012 Comments

Hundreds of people held a mock funeral on Parliament Hill to mourn what they call the death of evidence and the muzzling of scientists by the federal government. Scientists and their...

TAGGED: SCIENCE, SOCIETY

Evolution? I don't believe it. Haven't you heard of Nessie?

Irena Barker - TES magazine - 10 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Jonny Scaramanga for the link They confidently claim that the Loch Ness monster disproves Darwinism and that there is clear proof of creationism. But that has not stopped a set of...

TAGGED: EDUCATION, RELIGION, SCIENCE

Pakistani physicist linked to 'God particle' shunned at home

AP - CBC News - 09 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to Qu Quine and MichalB for the link The pioneering work of Abdus Salam, Pakistan's only Nobel laureate, helped lead to the apparent discovery of the subatomic Higgs boson, or...

TAGGED: GENERAL INTEREST, SCIENCE

Nature journal wins libel case, highlights holes in UK defamation law

Liat Clark - Wired.co.uk - 08 July 2012 Comments

A three-year long libel case brought against a science journal has been dismissed, in a move that highlights the need for a public interest clause in UK defamation law to protect the free press....

TAGGED: FREE SPEECH, SCIENCE

Is science another of those fanatical religions?

B.M. Hegde - The Hindu - 06 July 2012 Comments

Thanks to pratap.vishnubhatta for the link “Intellectual integrity made it quite impossible for me to accept the myths and dogmas of even very great scientists, more particularly of the...

TAGGED: PSEUDOSCIENCE, SCIENCE

The Classic, Beautiful and Controversial Books That Changed Science Forever

Tanya Lewis - Wired - 05 July 2012 Comments

Without the work of intellectual giants like Einstein, Newton and Darwin, we might still be in the dark ages. But how many scientists still read the dust-ridden texts where these luminaries first...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

Satellites in the shed? TEDGlobal announces the new DIY revolution

Carole Cadwalladr - The Guardian - 01 July 2012 Comments

The latest edition of the ideas festival at Edinburgh was abuzz with the 'maker movement': a phenomenon that aims to take manufacturing out of factories and put it into people's homes ...

TAGGED: SCIENCE