Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.3.08)

Lotus heart
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So here’s what went down after you logged off.

A short circuit may take down the Phoenix Mars Lander – NASA scientists are treating the next soil test as possibly the last.

Brain food. And, heart food.

Would you like to know what your Congressional leader thinks about science? Scientists and Engineers for America has your back.

Endangered species: you may be even more endangered than we thought.

Double threat: the location of stone age cave drawings appear to have been chosen for musical reasons.

Curiously, no cherry trees were found on the property. National Geographic has photos of George Washington’s childhood home – identified from an excavation of the foundation.

After the fireworks die down tomorrow night, keep looking. Mars, Saturn and the bright star Regalus will be lined up all in a row.

Science Doesn’t Sleep (6.26.08)


Phoenix hasn’t found poor Marvin yet.
Creative Commons License photo credit: Hey Paul

So here’s what went down after you logged off.

It’s Day 30 (or rather, Sol 30 – apparently, days are called something different on Mars) for the Phoenix Mars Lander – check out what we’ve learned so far.

Cancer dogs? New research indicates that dogs may be able to pick up the scent of varying stages of ovarian cancer – thus detecting it sooner that conventional medicine, and thus hopefully reducing the mortality rate.

In Spain, apes may soon have basic human rights.

People who are bilingual may shift personalities when they switch languages.

New fossils from Latvia shed light on the moment when sea creatures first ventured onto land.

Did you help curate the Brooklyn Museum’s Click exhibition? Anyone could, and now the results are in. They’ve installed the exhibit – but in case you can’t make it in person, they’ve also posted everything online. You can see the original 389 images people were asked to evaluate online and the 78 highest rated, which made it into the actual show. It’s a fascinating look into the idea of the “wisdom of crowds.” Check it out – and see how wise we were.