The upcoming Canadian election later this month will provide a welcome opportunity to reboot the federal government's controversial approach to science policy and research. The current Conservative government has been undermining science for the past 9 years, damaging the institutions that make scientific advancement possible and trying to ensure that p […]
In science news around the world, the World Health Organization urges its member states to end Ebola-related travel bans, NASA's five finalists for its low-cost Discovery missions include two missions to Venus and three to asteroids, India makes its long-awaited climate commitment, public health experts have mixed reactions to the Trans-Pacific Partners […]
Geoff Marcy, a leader in the field of exoplanet science, has been found to have violated the University of California, Berkeley's sexual harassment policy, leading to a public discussion about harassment in astronomy and academia.
Researchers have created the first ultrathin, flat lens able to focus light just as well as its curved counterparts. The new tech could allow more-compact and robust cameras and microscopes to be built.
A newly released photo provides a great look at Mars' seldom-seen South Pole. The swirling white dot toward the bottom of the photo, which was taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, is the Red Planet’s south polar ice cap.
Researchers have created a "habitability index" that allows them to rank alien worlds in terms of their life-hosting potential. The metric could help guide the operations of future observatories that will scan exoplanet atmospheres for signs of life.
John Biehler, technology guru and 3D printing evangelist, shows off the current state of affordable 3D printing and talks about how rapidly things have evolved over the past couple years. In the process, he clones new heads for the talking head hosts on the Global BC TV channel in Canada. Related links: johnbiehler.com - 3D printing, […]
One of the great things about the Maker Movement is that people express their creativity, no matter how mainstream or bizarre, with complete freedom of expression and using an unlimited palette of media. David Aiken’s 2 meter tall wooden robot suit is a great example. Like a cross between Geppetto and Tony Stark, Aiken’s creation is […]