November 9, 2010

Surprise Discovery in the Milky Way

It seems that whenever we think we know something well, we’re proven wrong. As was announced through a press release from NASA today, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in...

November 1, 2010

Engaging Students in Research

One of the main tasks of any graduate student in the STEM fields, Masters or Doctorate, is engaging in research. It goes without saying that a significant amount of time during matriculation will be spent in...

October 22, 2010

Finding Your Critical Pace for the Marathon

Endurance athletes have long known that they perform best when they find their “zone.” If you’re a long distance runner or swimmer, for example, you may recognize the zone as when you no longer have to...

October 20, 2010

New Module Live at Visionlearning.com

We are proud to announce that the next module in the Process of Science series is now live on Visionlearning.com. Ideas in Science: Scientific Controversies explores the ways in which such controversies develop, as well as...

October 14, 2010

Questioning the data

A few weeks ago, we shared news of the discovery of a habitable exoplanet, Gliese 581g. Now, less than two months after that research was made public, its existence is being brought into question. Francesco Pepe...

October 6, 2010

Congratulations 2010 Nobel Winners

Palladium-catalyzed cross coupling, in vitro fertilization, graphene — it’s been a pretty exciting list of achievements for 2010’s Nobel Prize awardees, announced this week from Stockholm, Sweden. Interestingly, one of these awards has been given to...

September 28, 2010

New X-Ray Technique Could Lead to Countless Discoveries

In the 1950s, it was Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling’s X-ray Diffraction (XRD) technique that allowed Watson, Crick and Wilkins to see the true shape of DNA. In fact, without the photographs produced by the two,...

September 23, 2010

New Research on Earthquakes and Fault Weakening

In today’s issue of Nature, Ze’ve Reches and David A. Lockner present new insights into the mechanics of earthquakes. According to the authors, it isn’t all about tectonics. As Reches explains to Nature, “The gradual buildup...

September 21, 2010

Proof is in the Pudding — Together, we really can make a difference.

The Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2010, being released in full next month from the United Nations Environment Programme, not only shares good news for the state of the ozone layer, but provides hope for further...

September 14, 2010

Next on the Menu: Cocktail de Cucaracha

It’s often joked, half-seriously, that if a meteor were to strike Earth the only thing left living would be cockroaches. If you’ve ever tried, you know that these creatures are some of the hardest to kill....