Everyone likes solving a mystery, and the hunt for the source of strange signals detected by Australia’s Parkes radio telescope is a classic. Although how “aliens” became involved in the story is more of a media mystery than a scientific one. —> Read More
A new way to generate bright beams of coherent extreme UV radiation using a table-top setup has been developed by scientists. This could be used to produce high resolution images of tiny structures at the nanoscale. —> Read More
A low-cost technique that holds promise for a range of scientific and technological applications has been developed by scientists. They have combined laser printing and capillary force to build complex, self-assembling microstructures using a technique called laser printing capillary-assisted self-assembly (LPCS). —> Read More
Diabetes is the fastest growing metabolic disease in the world. A new study has shown that traditional Aboriginal and Indian plant extracts could be used to manage the disease and may also have potential use in cancer treatment. —> Read More
NGC 6240 lies 400 million light-years away in the constellation of Ophiuchus (The Serpent Holder). This galaxy has an elongated shape with branching wisps, loops and tails. This mess of gas, dust and stars bears more than a passing resemblance to a butterfly and a lobster. New research is untangling the reasons for its odd shape. —> Read More
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There are three things that happened to me over the last two weeks that are entirely responsible for this entry:
ONE: I attended Quartz’s The Next Billion conference, an event about the one billion new internet users expected to come online by 2017. At the conference, Mark Surman, an Executive Director at Mozilla gave a talk that addressed in part the topic of digital literacy. Digital literacy is usually defined as access to the practices, skills, and cultural resources that can be applied to using and understanding digital tools. Surman described it more concisely: people knowing what choices they can make in regards to their devices. According to Surman, this skill is a hallmark of the 21st century, and is only becoming more important.
TWO: I re-read a Guardian article from October 2014 which was essentially a rumination on data ownership from Sir Tim Berners-Lee. In the article, Berners-Lee makes the point that while firms have a financial investment in collecting data, it is individual users who should be most deeply invested in their data. “[My] information is more valuable to me than it is to the cloud,” he quips in the article. Translation: you’re the person who cares the most about your own data—after all, it’s about you.
And THREE: My mom inadvertently dropped some wisdom on me (as she is wont to do) . During a recent phone call, she asked how my Fulbright-National Geographic project was going. I immediately launched into a long description about everything I’ve been doing: meeting with participants, figuring out how to present people’s data, working out the kinks of the final product, and so on. When I finished my monologue, I heard silence on the other end.
“Are you going to figure out how to explain all of that in a way that —> Read More
While Memorial Day honors veterans who have died in combat, there are also the men and women who have died serving their country in the name of space exploration. —> Read More
Discovery of the genetic changes that yield beefsteak tomatoes presents a new route to bigger fruits —> Read More
Ragweed pollen is the bane of many lives in the US, and climate change could help the plant become much more common in Europe by 2050