Science can produce some very cool things on the Web. One of them being this ridiculously useful Web version of the periodic table of the elements--a staple for chemists and scientists at large. The chart, found at Ptable.com, is completely dynamic, letting you adjust nearly every aspect of the data to see what each element does at various temperatures, and even turn back the hands of time to see which parts of the chart were missing before being discovered by scientists.
Want to know how to invent successful start-ups, improve collaboration, and drink coffee--all at the same time?
Read Michael Kanellos' story on News.com: "Better science through coffee"
Up to this point no one has been able to photograph an electron by itself. It won't sit still for portraits. But now, thanks to a newly-developed laser strobe flashing at a very tiny increment of a second, it seems that Swedish scientists have done just that.
Read the full story on MSNBC: "Electron filmed in motion for the first time"
Science teachers everywhere have had always had to face the question, "Dr. T., when are we going to use this?" In pop culture, it has always seemed to me that the general public is science-phobic, unless they are shopping for beauty products. Then it's "bring on the polypeptides," no matter how dubious the product's claims are.
But a new discovery has promise to deliver a genuine benefit, and brings nanotechnology into real life. Last week's edition of NPR's Science Friday explained that geckos use nanotubes to stick to glass surfaces. Now researchers … Read more
Renowned tech commentator Annalee Newitz has helpfully compiled a list of things to consider when (in the near or distant future) it becomes possible to get a search chip implanted in your brain.
Consult the list on IO9: "The Pros and Cons of a Google Brain Implant"
We know that solar activity varies on long- and short-term cycles, but do we know what it means, or doesn't mean, for climate change? Recent findings by members of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Naval Research Lab, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research all point in the same direction.
Read the full report on Ars Technica: "Unpacking interplay of solar variability and climate change"
Cambridge University mathematical physicist and cosmologist Neil Turok says the Big Bang is nice, but "our" Big Bang is only one in an infinite series of expansions and contractions. He theorizes that the universe and time have no beginning and no ending.
Read the interview on Wired to find out more detail:"Physicist Neil Turok: Big Bang Wasn't the Beginning"
For the first time, the phrase "scientific theory of evolution" may be used in Florida's public classrooms, thanks to the state's Board of Education's recent vote. This decision brings the state's young learners up to the scientific standards of at least 150 years ago.
For more detail, check out the AP report on MSNBC: "Florida adopts 'scientific theory of evolution'"
You've heard of the New York Stock Exchange. Now there's the New York Talk Exchange.
Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a new kind of map for the city of New York to show how its residents are connected to the rest of the world. MIT "Senseable City Laboratory"--or a team of researchers focused on charting technology's effects on cities--has taken real-time data from AT&T on the phone and Internet traffic to and from New York to show the communication patterns of residents with other people around the globe. (… Read more
Wired's running a gallery of photos from Stanford's Linear Accelerator, whose scientists have won three Nobel prizes for their work on matter and anti-matter, among other things. Whether or not you're into astrophysics and cosmology, the photos are a pictorial celebration of industrial design--including a 600-ton electromagnet, a particle observatory, and photoemission spectroscopy equipment.
View the detailed photo gallery on Wired: "World's Longest Accelerator Probes Universe's Tiniest Particles"