Archive for December, 2011

Dream 3D imaging technique draws scrutiny

December 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Critics weigh in on ankylography, which promised to produce three dimensional images of molecules, proteins and viruses. The technique would have been valuable for “diffract and destroy” X-ray experiments in which the dose of radiation used to produce the image also causes the subject to explode.


First sighting of the Higgs boson?

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s my comprehensive story on the tenative signals of the Higgs boson announced today at CERN.

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Canada to name misconduct perpetrators

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The change of policy, reported today on Nature’s news blog, was called for in an editorial in September.

Nanotox research is replete with gaps

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Nanoparticles have a range of uses, but could also be dangerous to human health. Unfortunately for would-be regulators, the field of nanotoxicity research, which studies those risks, suffers from multiple gaps. The good news is that standard reference carbon nanotubes being developed by NIST may help. See my article for Nature.

CERN cautious on Higgs rumors

December 4, 2011 Leave a comment

With several blogs reporting rumors and speculation that the Higgs particle has been found, my report at Nature describes the approval process those results need to pass through to be considered solid.

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Dark matter hints (brought to you via Storify)

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Intrigued by recent dark matter results? Check out my Storify of the conflicting reports for Nature.

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Scientists seeking investment…

December 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Here’s a look at the US National Science Foundation’s I-CORPS program, which aims to turn scientists into entrepreneurs.