Glorious Dawn: Sagan, Hawking Sing (w/ Video)
Astronomer and long time science advocate Carl Sagan once said that he was "not very good at singing songs." But on Nov. 9 in Washington D.C., his voice could be heard singing about the wonders of universe -- 13 years after ...
Apocalypse... but not as we know it
The End Of The World As We Know It—TEOTWAWKI—is littered with predictions that didn't quite pan out.
Research team quantifies 'the difficulties of reproducibility'
(Phys.org) —A key pillar of "the scientific method" is reproducibility, one way to prove another scientist's experimental claims. If the experiment and its results can be reproduced, the validity of the work is considerably ...
Increased use of hand held devices may call for new photo guidelines
Viewing Facebook and Flickr photos on a smart phone are becoming common practice. But according to a recently published Journal of Vision study, pictures on the small screen often appear distorted. Vision scientists found ...
Nobel history illustrates gap in grants to young scientists
A new study by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy illustrates a disconnect between government funding of biomedical research by young investigators and a novel standard by which to judge it: the Nobel Prize.
A time for a change in the PhD system
Airtight box and plant experiment ends in blinding headaches
Dating the world's language families
(PhysOrg.com) -- A computerized method for determining when prehistoric languages were spoken has been developed by an international group of scholars known as the ASJP (Automated Similarity Judgment Program) ...
'Bug Mac' and lovely 'grub': food of the future
Dutch student Walinka van Tol inspects the worm protruding from a half-eaten chocolate praline she's holding, steels herself with a shrug, then pops it into her mouth.
Balancing scientific freedom and national security
The U.S. government's request that the journals Science and Nature withhold scientific information related to the genetically modified H5N1 virus because of biosecurity concerns does not violate the First Amendment, say two Georg ...
Journals and researchers must respond to Schekman's move
Having climbed all the way to the Nobel Prize on a ladder made of papers published in Nature, Science and Cell, biologist Randy Schekman has declared that he is now going to boycott these luxury journals beca ...
To be or not to be
(PhysOrg.com) -- A scholar from Oxford's English Faculty has discovered that a painting lauded as the only known portrait of William Shakespeare painted from life is almost certainly of somebody else.
Physics could be behind the secrets of crop-circle artists
In this month's edition of Physics World, Richard Taylor, director of the Materials Science Institute at the University of Oregon, takes a serious, objective look at a topic that critics might claim is beyond scientific understanding ...
Scientists discover oldest words in the English language, predict which ones are likely to disappear
The oldest words in the English language include "I" and "who", while words like "dirty" could die out relatively quickly, British researchers said Thursday.