Category Archives: Breaking News

The latest breaking events in professional and amateur science.

CSL is Dead; Long Live CSL!

Over the last week or so some of our members have approached me both via email and on the CSL Facebook Group asking about how we might revive or reconfigure the organization to keep some part of it going. It is now clear that CSL will continue in some form or other. Continue reading…

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Open Access publishing initiative, SCOAP3, to start on 1 January 2014

With the support of partners in 24 countries[2], a vast fraction of scientific articles in the field of High-Energy Physics will become Open Access at no cost for any author: everyone will be able to read them; authors will retain copyright; and generous licenses will enable wide re-use of this information. Continue reading…

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COMSOL Conference Bypasses Paywall Publishing


Instantly browse over 700 papers, posters, and presentations on multiphysics simulation. This brand new multiphysics resource contains ground-breaking applications from research, engineering, and industry. Continue reading…

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Chinese Rover Lands on the Moon


On Saturday afternoon (GMT), a landing module used thrusters to touch down, marking the latest step in China’s ambitious space exploration programme. Continue reading…

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ISON Fades, But Lovejoy Remains

Comet Lovejoy as seen from Cape Schanck in Melbourne, Australia, last Friday.

The presently visible comet C/2013 R1 or Lovejoy was discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy in September this year. Continue reading…

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Sic Transit ISON


Some comets like it hot, but Comet ISON was not one of them. Continue reading…

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Why Science Deserves Its Popularity

Which brings us back to the happy announcement from the folks at Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary that its word of the year for 2013 is, yes, science, based on the increase in look-ups it registered on the dictionary’s website, a cool 176% more than in 2012. Continue reading…

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A White Rabbit Heads for the Moon

A Long March 3B rocket carrying China's Chang'e 3 lunar probe blasts off from the launch pad at Xichang Satellite Launch Center early Monday Beijing time. Image: China Daily/Reuters

As of this writing, the Mangalyaan spacecraft has passed the Moon’s orbit and is heading in to deep space. Hot on it’s heels, so to speak, is China’s Long March 3B rocket carrying the Yutu rover to its destination on the Moon. Continue reading…

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Nuclear Fission and Radioactive Fallout: Fukushima samples retested 2 years later

Gamma spectrum analysis with simple equipment can differentiate fallout from weapons vs. reactors; it can tell if the fission was via uranium or by plutonium, tell the relative age of the sample or determine certain environmental conditions at the time of release. Continue reading…

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ISON Fizzle? Maybe Not

Comet ISON appears as a white smear heading up and away from the sun on Thursday, November 28. Scientists initially thought the comet had been disintegrated by the sun, but images suggest a small nucleus may still be intact. Image: CNN

It now looks like some chunk of ISON’s nucleus has indeed made it through the solar corona, and re-emerged. It’s throwing off dust and (probably) gas, but we don’t know how long it can sustain that. Continue reading…

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