Archive for October, 2011

Debate over largest mass poisoning highlights gaps in science

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

The contamination of groundwater in the Bengal basin — and why researchers don’t know more about it more than a decade after the problem was identified, is the subject of my latest article for Nature.


US collaboration with China threatened

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

The high-level dispute over US-China science talks (involving a China hawk in Congress and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy) could affect productive scientific collaboration between the countries, my article at Nature reports.

Another knock for faster-than-light neutrinos

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

A theoretical paper knocking the faster-than-light neutrinos claim by the OPERA collaboration gets a boost from an independent experiment, I report for Nature.

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Science lobbyists try to do more with less

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Numbers from tell a tale of reduced resources for lobbyists struggling to prevent science being cut amid concerns over the US deficit. See article at Nature.

US-China science activities under fire

October 13, 2011 Leave a comment

US-China Science activities at the White House may be illegal, Republican congressman asks Justice to rein in White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, report at Nature’s news blog.

Research community sees opportunity in space station

October 12, 2011 Leave a comment

NASA officials reassured the US Congress over Russian flights to Space Station, as research partners gear up to issue call for experiments to run on board, I reported for Nature today.

Can neutrinos really travel faster than light?

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Analysis of experiment’s systematics reveals flaws, claim critics of the recent provocative claim by the OPERA collaboration. See article at Nature.