November 24, 2014

5:02 PM | Guest Post: reducing paper waste in university settings
Today’s post comes from Nikunj Sharma, a 4th year student at Amity University in India.  He is working on biodiesel from microalgae and is also interested in energy economics and sustainable development.  His post highlights issues of paper waste with some … Continue reading →
5:00 AM | For Important Tumor-Suppressing Protein, Context is Key
Scientists from the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have learned new details about how an important tumor-suppressing protein, called p53, binds to the human genome.
5:00 AM | Robotics Meet X-ray Lasers in Cutting-edge Biology Studies
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are combining the speed and precision of robots with one of the brightest X-ray lasers on the planet for pioneering studies of proteins important to biology and drug discovery.
5:00 AM | Berkeley Lab Algorithms Help Researchers Understand Dark Energy
Code allows researchers to quickly and accurately discover exploding stars, which should provide more insight into dark energy.

November 21, 2014

6:41 PM | Neglected near-surface workhorses
Yesterday afternoon, I attended a talk at Dalhousie by Peter Cary who has begun the CSEG distinguished lecture tour series. Peter's work is well known in the seismic processing world, and he's now spreading his insights to the broader geoscience community. This was only his fourth stop out of 26 on the tour, so there's plenty of time to catch it. Three steps of seismic processing In the head-spinning jargon of seismic processing, if you're lost, it's maybe not be your fault. Sometimes it might […]
5:00 AM | President Obama Bestows National Medal of Science on SLAC Director Emeritus and Nobelist Burton Richter
Richter was one of 10 distinguished researchers presented with the National Medal of Science, the highest honor for achievement and leadership in advancing the field of science.
5:00 AM | CERN Frees LHC Data
Anyone can access collision data from the Large Hadron Collider through the new CERN Open Data Portal.
5:00 AM | Discovery Sheds Light on Nuclear Reactor Fuel Behavior During a Severe Event
Using the Advanced Photon Source (APS), a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science user facility, a new discovery about the atomic structure of uranium dioxide will help scientists select the best computational model to simulate severe nuclear reactor accidents.

November 20, 2014

5:00 AM | LHCb Experiment Finds New Particles
The LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider announced the discovery of two new particles, each consisting of three quarks.

November 19, 2014

5:00 AM | Double Bonus: Win-Win for Atmospheric Particle Properties
Scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Colorado developed a new method that simultaneously connects two critical properties: real refractive index, a measure of how much the particle interacts with light, and particle density.

November 18, 2014

4:10 PM | Another 52 Things hits the shelves
The new book is out today: 52 Things You Should Know About Palaeontology. Having been up for pre-order in the US, it is now shipping. The book will appear in Amazons globally in the next 24 hours or so, perhaps a bit longer for Canada. I'm very proud of this volume. It shows that 52 Things has legs, and the quality is as high as ever. Euan Clarkson knows a thing or two about fossils and about books, and here's what he thought of it:  This is sheer delight for the reader, with a great […]
4:06 PM | Houston’s Electric Utility Reaping Windfall Profits, Asking For More
The Texas Coalition for Affordable Power (TCAP), a consumer advocacy group, reports that Houston company CenterPoint Energy is pulling in tens of millions of dollars in excess profits, and Houston’s electrical customers are the ones paying the bill. Texas is … Continue reading →
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