Archive for September, 2011

NASA claims to have found almost all the killer asteroids

September 29, 2011 Leave a comment

NASA claims to meet asteroid discovery goal. Agency says 93% of killer asteroids have been found as mandated by Congress in 1998. Read my note on Nature’s news blog.


Faster-than-light neutrinos claim will redirect research

September 27, 2011 Leave a comment

My second day Nature story on the faster than light neutrinos discusses sources of error, attempts to replicate or refute the result, and leads off with a joke.

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Texan physicists fail to win reprieve

September 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Education policy championed by Texan governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry is having a knock-on effect on physics undergraduate courses. Article at Nature.

Tevatron set for solemn shutdown

September 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Read about how Fermilab plans to move forwards.

CDC is sued for documents by scientist who exposed risk of lead in drinking water

September 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech, who challenged the CDC’s 2004 report on lead in drinking water, has sued the agency over its failure to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request for documents. Report here.

Duke is sued over clinical trials based on Anil Potti’s research

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Patients enrolled in clinical trials based on flawed data published by Anil Potti, formerly of Duke, have brought a lawsuit claiming to be harmed. Blog post at Nature.

US patent reform bill set to become law

September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s the latest update on the America Invents Act, a patent reform bill, in the version that passed Congress and will become law.