Debut of the global mix-master

Columbia, SC (SPX) Aug 27, 2015

Trekking across the high Canadian Arctic almost 20 years ago, Howie Scher had an unexpected encounter that helped fix the course of his career.

An undergraduate on a research expedition over summer break, Scher was part of a scientific group traveling deep into the Arctic Circle to collect basalt cores for paleomagnetic analysis. But as focused as the team was on finding rocks with magneti —> Read More

Biophysicists take small step in quest for ‘robot scientist’

Washington DC (SPX) Aug 27, 2015

Biophysicists have taken another small step forward in the quest for an automated method to infer models describing a system’s dynamics – a so-called robot scientist. Nature Communications published the finding – a practical algorithm for inferring laws of nature from time-series data of dynamical systems.

“Our algorithm is a small step,” says Ilya Nemenman, lead author of the study and a —> Read More

Confidence in parenting could help break cycle of abuse

To understand how confidence in parenting may predict parenting behaviors in women who were abused as children, psychologists have found that mothers who experienced more types of maltreatment as children are more critical of their ability to parent successfully. Intervention programs for moms at-risk, therefore, should focus on bolstering mothers’ self-confidence — not just teach parenting skills, the researchers said. —> Read More

Watch Where You Point That ‘Scope: Police Mistake Telescope for a Gun

Levi Joraanstad, a student at North Dakota State University displays his telescope, which police mistook for a rifle. Image via WDAY TV, Fargo, North Dakota.

Levi Joraanstad, a student at North Dakota State University displays his telescope, which police mistook for a rifle. Image via WDAY TV, Fargo, North Dakota.

One more thing amateur astronomers might need to worry about besides clouds, bugs, and trying to fix equipment malfunctions in the dark – and this one’s a little more serious.
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Neil deGrasse Tyson Describes The ‘Morbidly Funny’ Death You’d Experience In A Black Hole

As an astrophysicist, cosmologist and celebrated science icon, Neil deGrasse Tyson knows a thing or two about the universe. He also happens to think that the universe is hilarious.

When Tyson appeared on HuffPost Live on Thursday, host Josh Zepps asked him what he thinks is the funniest thing about the universe. It turns out that Tyson is particularly tickled by the grotesque way in which falling into a black hole would literally rip you apart. Just check out Tyson describe the “morbidly funny” phenomenon in the video above, and catch his full HuffPost Live conversation here.

Previously: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Warning For Politicians Who ‘Cherry-Pick’ Science

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CALET docks on the International Space Station

Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Aug 29, 2015

Five days after it launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on board the HTV-5 Transport Module, operated by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) docked at the International Space Station (ISS).

CALET is the space mission lead by JAXA with the participation of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and NASA. It is a CERN recognized experiment —> Read More

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