Neptune\’s tiny innermost moon, Naiad, has now been seen for the first time since it was discovered by Voyager\’s cameras in 1989.
A new planet-hunting survey has revealed planetary candidates with orbital periods as short as four hours and so close to their host stars that they are nearly skimming the stellar surface.If confirmed, these candidates would be among the closest planets to their stars discovered so far. Brian Jackson of the Carnegie Institution for Science\’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism will present his team\’s findings, which are based on data from NASA\’s Kepler mission, at the American Astronomical Society\’s Division for Planetary Sciences meeting.
Everybody agreed that the Large Hadron Collider was the last stand in the hunt for the Higgs boson. Circling for 17 miles underneath the complex of aging postwar buildings outside Geneva (and out into France) that constitute the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, the collider was designed to accelerate the subatomic particles known as protons to more than 99 percent of the speed of light — an energy of seven trillion electron volts — and crash them together.
There are some things that are so big that they have implications for everyone\’s life, whether we want it or not. And Big Data is one of those mega trends that will impact everyone in one way or another. The name which by the way I don\’t like might sound a bit techie or boring but believe me, it is not. With this post I want to explain what\’s behind this mega buzzword and outline why it will impact everyone.The basic idea behind the phrase \’Big Data\’ is that everything we do in our lives is or will soon leave a digital trace or data, which we and others can use and analyze. The advances in capturing and analyzing big data allow us to decode human DNA in minutes, find cures for cancer, accurately predict human behavior, foil terrorist attacks, pinpoint marketing efforts, prevent diseases and so much more. And like most things, it can be used for good or evil, but more on that later.
ACCORDING to Dante, the Styx is not just a river but a vast, deathly swamp filling the entire fifth circle of hell. Perhaps the staff of New Scientist will see it when our time comes but, until then, Lake Natron in northern Tanzania does a pretty good job of illustrating Dante’s vision.Unless you are an alkaline tilapia Alcolapia alcalica – an extremophile fish adapted to the harsh conditions – it is not the best place to live. Temperatures in the lake can reach 60 °C, and its alkalinity is between pH 9 and pH 10.5.
Fernan Federici’s microscopic images of plants, bacteria, and crystals are a classic example of finding art in unexpected places.A couple years ago, Federici was working on his Ph.D. in biological sciences at Cambridge University studying self-organization, the process by which things organize themselves spontaneously and without direction. Like a flock of birds flying together.More specifically, he was using microscopes and a process called fluorescence microscopy to see if he could identify these kinds of patterns on a cellular level. In fluorescence microscopy, scientists shine a particular kind of light at whatever they’re trying to illuminate and then that substance identifies itself by shining a different color or light back. Sometimes researchers will also attach proteins that they know emit a particular kind of light to substances as a kind of identifier. In the non-microscopic world, it’s like using a black light on a stoner poster.
When male orange fairy-wrens are painted red, they are more likely to be successful at mating with females other than their usual partner, a new study has found.Daniel Baldassarre, from Cornell University, and colleagues, report their findings today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.”Females in the population had a very strong reaction to the red males and really preferred them as extra-pair partners,” says Baldassarre, who carried out the research for his PhD.