This week heralds an exciting and challenging endeavor for astronomy. The Event Horizon Telescope will seek to capture a first-ever image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, our home galaxy. Radio telescopes from around the world, anchored by the ALMA observatory in Chile, will work in concert to test some of physics' most fundamental theories.
Scientists studying the complex topography of a region of Mars known as Arabia Terra think they have identified the source of a tsunami that may have crashed into its shore billions of years ago, at a time when many think Mars had ocean covering much of its northern hemisphere.
Science and technology (S&T)have a pervasive influence over a wide range of issues confronting the nation. Public and private research and development spur scientific and technological advancement. Such advances can drive economic growth, help address national priorities, and improve health and quality of life. The constantly changing nature and ubiquity of science and technology frequently create public policy issues of congressional interest.
While overall science funding was slashed substantially in the outline of President Trump's budget sent to Congress, the scientists gathered in The Woodlands for the 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference received an upbeat message from NASA officials in a briefing Monday evening. "The budget is incredibly good," said Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA headquarters. "NASA fared incredibly well."
UC Berkeley biochemist Jennifer Doudna and her European collaborator, Emmanuelle Charpentier, have racked up a slew of awards for their work, which makes it very easy to alter the DNA of living things. But their efforts to patent their discovery have been hung up by a competing claim from Feng Zhang at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agency's website. Details of these findings are embargoed by the journal Nature until 1 p.m.
The American Competitiveness and Innovation Act is a much-needed and long-awaited update to the America COMPETES Act, a comprehensive bill aimed at ensuring America remains a global leader when it comes to science, research, and technology. The COMPETES Act was signed into law in 2007 as the product of collaboration between the George W. Bush Administration and a Democrat-controlled Congress.
Its regimented routines can seem stodgy at a time when young people are flocking to more freewheeling forums for scientific creativity, like software hackathons and hardware engineering Maker Faires. That is apparently the thinking at Intel, the giant computer chip maker, which is retreating from its longtime sponsorship of science fairs for high school students.
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals: despite a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science, they continue to be excluded from participating fully in it, according to the United Nations page of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This is why research in science education is fundamental to address inequalities at all levels in science, technology and innovation.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), in a major 2013 report, concluded global temperatures had shown a smaller increase from 1998 to 2012 than any similar period over the past 30 to 60 years. But a blockbuster, June 2015 paper by a team of federal scientists led by Thomas Karl, published in the journal Science in June 2015 and later known as the “pausebuster" paper sought to discredit the notion of a slowdown in warming.