A year ago on this page, I described some of the challenges that science faces in cultivating support from the society it serves. Stepping in as the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, the publisher of Science), my editorial asked, “Why science? Why AAAS?” My thoughts about the nature and service of s […]
In science news around the world, scientists lose their fight to study 9000-year-old bones in California, a twisty stellarator begins its scientific work in earnest, a U.K. scientist gets permission to modify human embryos, more than 300 Nobel laureates sign a letter calling on Iran to free a jailed chemist, the United States pledges $1 billion to jump-start […]
A strike by a medium-size asteroid on land (as opposed to at sea) could cause average global temperatures to plunge to Ice Age levels, and lead to steep drops in precipitation and plant productivity, among other effects, a new study suggests.
The death of Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, has drawn tributes from across the space community, as his passing was reported in the news and shared on social media.
Scientists are holding a press conference Thursday (Feb. 11) to discuss the search for gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime whose existence was first predicted by Albert Einstein in 1916 in his theory of general relativity.
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 […]