Science Weekly Roundup 3/7/14

Wired/Nature

Wired/Nature

Astronomy

The audacious rescue plan that might have saved space shuttle Columbia (Ars Technica)

NASA’s Kepler mission announces 715 new worlds (Astronomy.com)

 –Jumbo Black Hole’s Dizzying Spin Twists Space (National Geographic)

Spin of distant black hole measured at half of speed of light (Reuters)

Carl Sagan: Astronomy Icon’s Legacy in Pictures (Gallery) (Space.com)

Expedition 38 (NASA)

Strange Signal From Galactic Center Is Looking More and More Like Dark Matter (Wired)

How big is space? – interactive version (BBC Future)

Space Research Pays for Itself, but Inspires Fewer People (Op-Ed) (Space.com)

Biology

Born To Swim? (Popular Science)

Five-tonne dinosaur species discovered (The Guardian)

There Are 10 Times More Fish In The Sea Than We Thought (Popular Science)

Scientists can now control flies’ brains with lasers (The Verge)

Geosciences

A Bright Year for Solar in the U.S.—But There Are Clouds on the Horizon (Time)

In The New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy And Palm Oil Rule (NPR)

Bizarre Organic Quasicrystal Accidentally Created in Lab (Wired)

Medicine

Scientists create accurate predictor of the next year’s flu virus (Ars Technica)

This Pacemaker Membrane Can Keep A Heart Beating Perfectly (Popular Science)

Baby born with HIV reported to be clear of virus after urgent treatment (The Guardian)

Screws Made From Silk Could Be Used In Surgical Implants (Popular Science)

Physics

British schoolboy, 13, becomes youngest to build nuclear fusion reactor (The Telegraph)

General

Not Exactly Rocket Science (National Geographic)

SAT overhaul to make essay optional, end penalty for wrong answers (LA Times)

Science Weekly Roundup 2/28/14

New Scientist

New Scientist

Astronomy

Kepler’s Exoplanetary Universe in a Nutshell: Video (Space.com)

NASA Will Unveil New Discoveries from Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Wednesday (Space.com)

Twin telescopes record video of meteoroid slamming into the moon (Ars Technica)

X-flare! Most intense flare of 2014 so far (EarthSky)

Father of big bang carries its hiss on his cellphone (New Scientist)

What Escapes a Black Hole? (Popular Science)

Biology

Pancreatic cancer’s killer trick offers treatment hope (New Scientist)

Neuroscience

How does your memory work? (BBC Future)

Physics

Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery (Popular Science)

General

Science publishers withdraw more than 120 computer-generated papers (The Verge)

First Amputee Has Touch Restored With Bionic Hand (Forbes)

Science Weekly Roundup 2/21/14 (and 2/14/14)

Universe Today

Universe Today

Astronomy

Largest solar system moon detailed in geologic map (Astronomy.com)

Mars Rover Heads Uphill After Solving ‘Doughnut’ Riddle (NASA)

Are we alone in the Universe? (BBC Future)

Liquid Water on Mars? (Yahoo)

Set of NanoRacks CubeSats Deployed From International Space Station (NASA)

How NASA Prints Trees (TechCrunch)

Anthropology

Modern Genes Reveal 100 Major Population Shifts In Human History (Popular Science)

Ancient statue of Greek god Apollo discovered in Gaza strip (The Verge)

Biology

US grants patent for disgraced scientist’s fraudulent cloning research (The Verge)

Energy

Nuclear Fusion Achieves Energy Gain (TechSci)

Why People Resist the Notion of Climate Change (Universe Today)

Physics

A computer made a math proof the size of Wikipedia, and humans can’t check it (The Verge)

Neutrino beam ‘major physics experiment’ (BBC Future)

General

Spellbound Valentines: DIY Art from 3D Printed Sound (Bioinformatics/Wolfram Blog)

Science Weekly Roundup 2/7/14

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Centre for Astrophysics Research, University of Hertfordshire

Astronomy

Lunar law row hots up as NASA enters private moon rush (New Scientist)
Olympic Torch Completes Longest Relay in History (YouTube/NASA)
Surprise! Brown Dwarf Star Has Dusty Skies, Appearing Strangely Red (Universe Today/Royal Astronomy Society)
Universe’s 10 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries (YouTube/Hybrid Librarian)

Biology

Bill Nye debates creationist at Kentucky museum (Circa)

Medicine

Bionic hand lets wearer feel what they’re holding (The Verge)

Nature

Amazon ‘exhales’ more carbon dioxide in dry years (Futurity)

General

Seeing science: The year’s best visualizations (Ars Technica)

The 10 Best Sci-Fi Movies—As Chosen By Scientists (Popular Mechanics)

Science Weekly Roundup 1/31/14

New Scientist

New Scientist

Astronomy

Star next door may host a ‘superhabitable’ world (New Scientist)

Spirit and Opportunity Top 10 Decade 1 Discoveries (Universe Today)

Hawking timeline: A brief history of black holes (New Scientist)

Biology

Scientists Make Hair-Growing Cells From Ordinary Skin Cells (Popular Science)

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA (The Guardian)

Stem Cells (New Scientist)

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery (The Guardian)

Physics

Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark – review (The Guardian)