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Science: A Fat Boson Confuses and Excites Particle Physicists

The Story: Researchers at FermiLab have presented their findings as to the mass of a particular subatomic particle, the W boson. It appears that the...
Polls Now Closed In Georgia | MSNBC

Science: How to Understand the Polls

The Story: Campaign coverage in the United States is full of polls, showing that this candidate is up and the other is down, the margin...

Health: How Well (or Poorly) Have Media Covered the Pandemic?

The Story: The Covid-19 has been a big part of American life for well over a year and a half. As one might have expected,...

Science: A Revision of the Basics of Cellular Biochemistry

The Story: For decades, one foundational principle in the study of cellular biochemistry was that information flows in one direction. The information built into DNA's...
Expert: UFOs frequently come close to hitting airliners

Science: UFOs as Fringe Science

The Story: Today, we will look at the recurrence of debate about what look like high-tech objects dancing about in surprising ways in the atmosphere,...

Health: What Do Patients Value Above Longevity?

The Story: A recent paper in Nature Reviews, a peer reviewed science publication, looks at the issue of the economics of dialysis, a standard treatment...
Deportation Threatens Life Of Immigrant Who Helped FDA Research | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Deportation Threatens Life Of Immigrant Who Helped FDA Research | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Rachel Maddow reports on the circumstances of Isabel Bueso, who was asked to participate in a medical trial for her rare genetic disease. Her extraordinary life depends on continued medical treatments that would end abruptly if the Trump administration succeeds…

How US–China political tensions are affecting science

Meanwhile, Chinese scientists planning to attend conferences or meetings in the United States have told Nature that they are experiencing significant delays in obtaining short-term visas. Last August, Collins wrote a letter to the more than 10,000 US institutions that it funds, stating that the agency was concerned that “some foreign entities” were interfering in the funding, research and peer-review of NIH-supported projects. Then, last week, Collins said that investigations at 55 US universities had found some “egregious” breaches of rules governing the agency’s grants — including grant recipients not disclosing foreign government money or diverting intellectual property from their US institution to other countries such as China. “If students are told they cannot do cutting-edge research at US institutions, they are going to go elsewhere,” Mowery says. What about visas? Pan told Nature that he has missed two conferences in the United States this year, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting, at which he was to have collected the prestigious Newcomb Cleveland Prize for an outstanding paper published in the journal Science, because he was not granted a visa in time. Several major scientific conferences in the United States have also reported visa delays for Chinese nationals. An official at the Chinese embassy in Washington DC, who asked not to be named owing to the sensitivity of the situation, said the embassy is aware that increased numbers of Chinese students and academics have been unable to obtain US visas for China–US student exchange programmes, conferences and meetings over the past 12 months. Are the tensions affecting science in China? Universities need to be more vigilant against foreign interference in research, Smith says, but also to balance that with the need for academic openness and international collaboration.
Israel fails to land spacecraft on the moon

Israel fails to land spacecraft on the moon

Beresheet probe crash-lands on the moon; Phil Keating reports. #ShepSmith #FoxNews FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, and the direct-to-consumer streaming service, FOX Nation. FOX News…

Science, philosophy, politics and art: Josiah McElheny at Stanford museum

A master in the craft of glasswork, beginning in 2004 he took upon himself the four-year task of reinterpreting the Met’s so-called “sputniks” for his work “Island Universe.” The five sculptures he made, along with related works on paper and a 20-minute film, are on view at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center through Aug. 18. Following repair in 2016 of the machinery that raises and lowers the Metropolitan Opera’s crystal chandeliers, the Met produced this video to announce that the light fixtures “once again rise elegantly to the ceiling to signal the beginning of each performance.” The chandeliers partly inspired Josiah McElheny’s “Island Universe.” This video by the Metropolitan Opera, used by permission, is not the artist’s film shown in the exhibition. McElheny was awarded a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2006. He is surely the only glass artist to achieve that distinction, and it was based primarily upon the conceptual rigor of his work, not his exquisite craftsmanship. Or, as in the case of “Island Universe,” teases out the significance that lies behind the ornamental surface of utilitarian objects. Hans Harald Rath, designer for the Austrian glassware company Lobmeyr, worked closely with architect Wallace K. Harrison, who so wanted to invoke space and the stars that he sent to Rath a book by a prominent astrophysicist, marking specific pages. It was 1963, just as the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe was entering popular consciousness. McElheny’s installation at the Cantor is evidence of an ever deeper investigation, referencing ideas of our universe as just one “island” among many. “The center is everywhere,” Blanqui wrote, which suggests a democracy of the physical world. “Josiah McElheny: Island Universe”: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Monday; until 8 p.m. Thursdays.