Do the huge craters pockmarking Siberia herald a release of underground methane that could exceed our worst climate change fears? (full text available to subscribers)
Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major.
This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Stefan Lamoureaux at the Links Through Space blog.
Results from an American survey indicate a steady increase in the number of pediatric patients who are being treated with proton radiation therapy for cancerous and non-cancerous tumors. Based on a survey of all proton therapy centers in the United States, the number of pediatric patients treated with proton therapy grew to 722 in 2013, a 36-percent increase from the 465 patients treated in 2010. —> Read More
Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru has proven that hoverboards really do work on water. It might not be as compact as the device Marty McFly use… —> Read More
Newspapers around Ireland called the ‘yes’ vote for gay marriage was ‘historic’ and a ‘new beginning.’ —> Read More
The CIA has pulled the plug on a project designed to investigate climate-related security threats. The program, which was known as Medea ( Measurement… —> Read More
John Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician who was depicted in the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind,” died Saturday in a car accident. Russell Crowe, who portrayed Nash in the film, tweeted on Sunday about the Nobel laureate.
Stunned…my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family.
An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts. https://t.co/XF4V9MBwU4
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 24, 2015
Soon after, “A Beautiful Mind” director Ron Howard tweeted about the death of Nash and his wife, Alicia, and how it was “an honor” to tell their story.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) May 24, 2015
John Nash, 86, and Alicia Nash, 82, were ejected from a taxi when the car crashed into the guardrail on the New Jersey Turnpike, according to the New Jersey State Police. NJ.com reported that the two were not wearing seat belts.
“A Beautiful Mind,” which won four Oscars, followed Nash’s pioneering work in game theory. The film also recounted Nash’s struggle with mental illness.
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Durham NH (SPX) May 22, 2015
A terrifying few moments flying into the top of an active thunderstorm in a research aircraft has led to an unexpected discovery that could help explain the longstanding mystery of how lightning gets initiated inside a thunderstorm.
University of New Hampshire physicist Joseph Dwyer and lightning science colleagues from the University of California at Santa Cruz and Florida Tech describe t —> Read More
Washington (UPI) May 22, 2015
A U.S. Navy device that detects small debris in space and provides data on their trajectory has been granted a U.S. patent.
The Optical Orbital Debris Spotter from the Naval Research Laboratory is compact in size, uses low power and can be integrated into larger satellite designs or flown independently onboard nano-satellite platforms, the Navy said.
The device concept is the cre —> Read More
Washington DC (SPX) May 22, 2015
Seeking to expand how we observe and understand the universe where we live, the National Science Foundation has helped dedicate the Advanced Laser Gravitational Wave Observatories (Advanced LIGO) at the LIGO Hanford facility in Richland, Wash.
The California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology designed the NSF-funded facilities and operate them with the goal o —> Read More