March 21, 2015

6:12 AM | A Time of Our Own: Defining the Anthropocene
In one of the most memorable sequences of his TV show Cosmos, Carl Sagan mapped the entire history of the universe onto a “cosmic calendar.” On this 12-month scale, it took until September for the Earth to be formed, and… Continue reading →

March 13, 2015

1:30 PM | Did The Future Begin In 1610?
Time is a valuable commodity for humans. We like our news up to the minute and our technology up-to-date. But when it comes to some temporal boundaries scientists are still…

March 12, 2015

7:12 PM | Researchers document disaster recovery in FukushimaSince the...
Researchers document disaster recovery in FukushimaSince the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, Yoh Kawano’s heart and mind have been set on venturing into the contaminated ruins of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.Recently, he achieved his goal. What he learned could help when the next disaster hits.Arfakhashad Munaim and Kawano focused their research outside the plant in Namie, a city of 21,000 that had been exposed to radiation-tainted winds from the Fukushima […]

March 11, 2015

9:50 PM | NASA Can Make 3 More Nuclear Batteries, And That's It
Few materials in the universe are in as short supply as plutonium-238--the hot, radioactive material NASA uses to power its pluckiest spacecraft. It's estimated only 77…

March 06, 2015

6:48 PM | Adventures in the Nature of MatterDr. Darleane Hoffman is among...
Adventures in the Nature of MatterDr. Darleane Hoffman is among the researchers who confirmed the existence of Seaborgium — aka element 106. She also made a key discovery about nuclear fission.In the 1950s, women were often faced with stark choices: “At that time, women teachers in the U.S. at all levels were expected to resign if they married, so I proclaimed boldly that I would never teach,” she said. “I vowed to follow Marie Curie’s model, to marry if I wanted […]

March 04, 2015

12:37 PM | Reflecting on the Voyage: Around The Capes
Somewhere between Madagascar and Mozambique, Peace Boat volunteer interpreter Moe Sasaki lost her shadow. For a few hours around midday the Ocean Dream passed directly under the December sun and it was as if Sasaki’s shadow had unstitched itself and run ahead to the continent of Africa on which she grew up. A month later, volunteer…

March 02, 2015

6:47 PM | Stinging Eviction Notice Being Served By Blue Planet Landlord
Life on this blue planet first emerged as a gooey gelatinous slime some 3 billion years ago. The 2.5 billion year reign of the bacteria... The post Stinging Eviction Notice Being Served By Blue Planet Landlord appeared first on Russ George.
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