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An introduction to the topics covered in the Eyal Press book: Voices of conscience: why do some people take moral stands? Why do people stand up for their principles, even when the results could lose them their jobs, or even their lives? That’s the question author Eyal Press asks in Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking [...]
Astronomers have captured the first direct image of a planet being born. Adam Kraus, of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, said the planet is being formed out of dust and gas circling a two-million-year-old star about 450 light years from Earth. The planet itself, based on scientific models of how planets form, [...]
Using data from the Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have detected for the first time cold water vapor enveloping a dusty disk around a young star. The findings suggest that this disk, which is poised to develop into a solar system, contains great quantities of water, suggesting that water-covered planets like Earth may be common in [...]
For Joe Cohen, a GlaxoSmithKline research scientist who has spent 24 years trying to create the world’s first malaria vaccine, Tuesday, October 18, 2011 goes down as a fabulous day. “There were many ups and downs, and moments over the years when we thought ‘Can we do it? Should we continue? Or is it really [...]
Tel-Aviv University demos quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field.
On August 12th, 1883, a pack of life-extinguishing comets came within a few hundred miles of slamming into the Earth, killing everything on the planet. That’s what scientists at the National Autonomous University of Mexico are saying after re-analyzing the findings of José Bonilla, a Mexican astronomer who may have unknowingly come close to witnessing the [...]
This is a visualization of the Bolshoi Simulation, an attempt to chart the evolution of the large-scale structures in the universe using the data from the cosmic background radiation. (“Bolshoi” means “great” or “grand” in Russian.) From i09: The Bolshoi supercomputers create this simulation of the large-scale structure of the universe by first examining the data [...]