Colorado scientists pitch concept for telescope better than Hubble

Boulder, Colo. (UPI) Jan 26, 2015

In the world of telescopes, it doesn’t get much better than Hubble’s resolution. The Hubble Space Telescope has provided astronomers with some of the most detailed images of distant space ever captured. But there’s always room for improvement. And scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder say they’ve got a strategy for honing in ever more precisely on the distant corners of the
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Commonly called narrow-leafed campion, S. stenophylla is an extant species of flowering plant in the family Caryophyllaceae.

Its seeds and fruits dating back to the last Ice Age were excavated from fossil burrows of an Arctic species of ground squirrel (Urocitellus parryii).

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In the end I believe scientists are hopeless romantics desperate in love with the idea that the world makes sense.

Scientists have broken hearts and by combining toxic elements and reading the stars, they are able to write poetry.

—  Royla Asghar, The Astronomy Series #7

The famous image of Einstein’s desk, exactly how he left it, mere hours after his death

Before his passing Einstein had refused the surgery for the internal bleeding that subsequently took his life; saying: “I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly”.

As can be seen here with the mountains of shuffled paper and scribbles on the blackboard, Einstein certainly did do his part and worked until the very end.

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Scientists befuddled by mysterious white spot on Ceres

Pasadena, Calif. (UPI) Jan 26, 2015

Everyday, NASA’s Dawn probe gets a bit closer to the dwarf planet Ceres. They’re hoping this history-making flyby can answer questions and offer scientists a new and improved understanding of the glorified asteroid. But so far, Ceres is all mystery. Scientists on the Dawn mission are especially puzzled by a strange shiny white spot seen on the surface of the mini planet. Last wee
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Lego debuts female scientist figurines after online campaign

On Wednesday, the company announced a new collection titled “Research Institute,” an all-female line with characters pursuing three distinct fields: astronomy, paleontology and chemistry. The project came about after Swedish geochemist Ellen Kooijman submitted it to Lego Ideas, a fan-based incubator that allows the Lego community to vote on potential collections. After earning the required 10,000 votes, “Research Institute” went on to be selected by the Lego board — beating popular franchises such as Sherlock, Adventure Time, Back to the Future and The Legend of Zelda.

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"A boy and his atom" is officially the tiniest stop motion film.

IBM made this film by manipulating single carbon atoms on a copper surface. The size of this is unimaginable, as each frame is 45 X 25 nanometres and would take 1000 of these frames laid end on end to span the width of a hair. 

The images were taken using a scanning tunnelling microscope which picks up images based on the concept of quantum tunnelling. The images are not of atom’s themselves as they are impossible to see, but is an interpreted image based on the current picked up by the microscope when a voltage difference is applied.

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Not all individuals who call themselves climate change skeptics are deniers. But virtually all deniers have falsely branded themselves as skeptics. By perpetrating this misnomer, journalists have granted undeserved credibility to those who reject science and scientific inquiry.

World’s scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom

Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end “burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.”

The call was made in an open letter drafted by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that represents U.S. scientists and uses science to advocate for environmental sustainability.

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The letter was signed by more than 800 scientists outside Canada from 32 countries, at institutions ranging from Harvard Medical School in the U.S. to the Max Planck Institute in Germany.

The letter says “a rapid decline in freedoms and funding” for Canadian government scientists is making it more difficult for them to conduct research, communicate scientific information and expertise and collaborate internationally.

"Canada’s leadership in basic research, environmental, health, and other public science is in jeopardy," the letter says. "We urge you to restore government science funding and the freedom and opportunities to communicate these findings internationally."

The signed letter is being promoted in Canadian newspaper and online ads paid for by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), which represents 60,000 public servants across Canada, including more than 15,000 federal government scientists. The ad campaign is being launched during the Government of Canada’s Science and Technology week.

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But you can’t be a scientist if you’re uncomfortable with ignorance, because scientists live at the boundary between what is known and unknown in the cosmos. This is very different from the way journalists portray us. So many articles begin, “Scientists now have to go back to the drawing board.” It’s as though we’re sitting in our offices, feet up on our desks—masters of the universe—and suddenly say, “Oops, somebody discovered something!”
No. We’re always at the drawing board. If you’re not at the drawing board, you’re not making discoveries. You’re not a scientist; you’re something else. The public, on the other hand, seems to demand conclusive explanations as they leap without hesitation from statements of abject ignorance to statements of absolute certainty.
—  Neil Degrasse Tyson, Space Chronicles